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  • elstoof 10 Nov 2017 18:58:09 18,625 posts
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    Mfolf wrote:
    My shower sucks. It doesnít get that hot and the pressure isnít the best. Wife seems to find it fine but I like (riot suppression levels) of water pressure and scolding heat. Iím on the first floor of an 100+ year old building. What are my options here?
    What boiler do you have, and what is the water pressure like
  • Vortex808 10 Nov 2017 19:09:33 11,684 posts
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    Mfolf wrote:
    My shower sucks. It doesn't get that hot and the pressure isn't the best. Wife seems to find it fine but I like (riot suppression levels) of water pressure and scolding heat. I'm on the first floor of an 100+ year old building. What are my options here?
    Depends. Is it a mixer or electric shower?

    You could get a pump put in to boost pressure. Alternatively, we got a combi boiler put in and removed our header tank and the mixer shower is now great with more water pressure working off mains pressure.
  • Jeepers 10 Nov 2017 19:56:18 16,375 posts
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    Thanks all! Good feeling to be in finally. Have had a shitty cold for the last few days so enthusiasm is slightly muted by the amount of snot and hacking up of ick. But feeling pretty chuffed.
  • the_milkybar_kid 10 Nov 2017 20:07:28 6,075 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Unrelated... looks like the outer shell of my house is nearing completion.

    Still doesn't look anywhere near as big as it actually is when you're in the thing. Or at least, as the show house we looked at was. Maybe they build those 10% bigger? :eek:


    Looks bloody massive to me!

    And congrats Jeepers!
  • Mfolf 10 Nov 2017 21:05:56 1,415 posts
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    Got a combo boiler and it was inspected when we moved in and it is apparently fine. Donít think it is electric. We just turn dial for pressure - which isnít great.
  • elstoof 10 Nov 2017 21:12:15 18,625 posts
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    Must just have low water pressure in your area/building, combis fun off mains pressure. You canít put a pump on mains supply unfortunately, so your only option is to try getting whatever comes into your place sorted
  • GuybrushThreepwood 10 Nov 2017 21:15:31 1,234 posts
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    Congrats Jeepers
  • Mfolf 10 Nov 2017 21:49:37 1,415 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Must just have low water pressure in your area/building, combis fun off mains pressure. You canít put a pump on mains supply unfortunately, so your only option is to try getting whatever comes into your place sorted
    Ah balls. Oh well, thanks. Will just keep getting showered at work/gym!
  • Psychotext 10 Nov 2017 21:53:49 62,013 posts
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    Related, the tank in the house I'm getting seems to have other baby tanks coming off it. It's very odd.
  • elstoof 10 Nov 2017 21:57:33 18,625 posts
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    Itíll be a sealed system then, your hot water tank will be pressurised and youíll have one or two pressure vessels to balance out the mains pressure. White one for hot water, red for heating. Sealed, unvented systems are great, we just swapped ours and got rid of the manky expansion tank in the loft
  • Psychotext 11 Nov 2017 11:14:33 62,013 posts
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    Neat. Cheers.
  • Mfolf 11 Nov 2017 12:29:49 1,415 posts
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    How much would it cost in general to rip out a shower and install a bath. Would involve moving a sink/basin as well.

    Good god I miss not having to think about all of this.
  • Dougs 11 Nov 2017 13:17:34 83,738 posts
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    Only way to find out is to get a few quotes. Retiling and shower over the bath as well?
  • Mfolf 11 Nov 2017 13:18:52 1,415 posts
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    Probably! Meh
  • Dougs 11 Nov 2017 13:22:33 83,738 posts
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    I'll fight tooth and nail to keep my separate shower. It's bliss. Especially now I have hot water again.
  • Psychotext 11 Nov 2017 13:31:13 62,013 posts
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    It's funny, the place we're buying has 4 standalone showers...

    ...yet the missus still felt the need to add a shower to the bath. lol
  • GuybrushThreepwood 11 Nov 2017 13:35:20 1,234 posts
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    @Psychotext four showers? Are you secretly a Russian oligarch?
  • robc84 11 Nov 2017 13:36:47 11,899 posts
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    4 showers? That's a lot of showers!

    The only thing I miss from our flat is the en suite shower room. Having one toilet and shower is annoying.
  • Psychotext 11 Nov 2017 15:36:44 62,013 posts
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    It's really stupid. I'd happily get rid of at least two, but you have no control over how the thing is built. We're actually considering turning the one in the main bathroom into some sort of temporary cupboard.

    Will be great if guests stay, but no-one likes us enough for that. ;)
  • Dougs 11 Nov 2017 15:38:54 83,738 posts
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    I'd definitely have to have a bath with 4 showers.

    @rob, able to put a downstairs toilet in somewhere?
  • robc84 11 Nov 2017 16:07:23 11,899 posts
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    @Dougs

    Yeah that's the plan eventually. We are looking to convert the garage into another room and a downstairs toilet.

    Hoping for man cave. Going to get kids toy room.
  • Psychotext 11 Nov 2017 16:33:12 62,013 posts
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    I hate you people. Garage converters are the reason it's taken me 3 years to buy a house. :(
  • robc84 11 Nov 2017 16:55:47 11,899 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    I hate you people. Garage converters are the reason it's taken me 3 years to buy a house. :(
    We have a driveway for 3 cars, so the only thing we'd ever use the garage for is storing junk.

    I have wondered whether a garage adds value to the property though. I would assume no more than another roomand a downstairs toilet. Depends what you are looking for I suppose.
  • Zomoniac 11 Nov 2017 17:17:12 9,430 posts
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    A lot of people on our street have converted their garages, largely because theyíre not actually functional as garages. My Qashqai physically wouldnít get through the door. My wifeís 500 will go in but the big girders on the wall halfway along means the door canít be opened enough to get out. Itís now a gym and drum store.

    Unfortunately because our house is at the end of the street and on a slope the garage, while attached, is about a metre lower than the ground floor of the house, so we canít convert it into a proper room.
  • Mr_Sleep 11 Nov 2017 17:18:44 21,309 posts
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    @robc84 i suspect for most people it would be living area first over garage. Most people seem to either use a garage for storage and park the car outside or expand into it and seal it up. The only exception would be car or motorbike tinkerers who would love a garage.

    We are currently considering a loft extension, hoping to get some drawings done soon and then off to the bank to see what we can negotiate. Not sure I want six weeks of noise on the house but needs must and our two up two down just isn't enough space.
  • Psychotext 11 Nov 2017 17:21:13 62,013 posts
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    @Zomoniac: I suspect you could... but it wouldn't be cheap.

    As for the garage thing, for me it's a gym requirement. Though I do know a few people that keep cars in them (generally classics).

    Edited by Psychotext at 17:21:50 11-11-2017
  • elstoof 11 Nov 2017 17:36:14 18,625 posts
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    Mfolf wrote:
    How much would it cost in general to rip out a shower and install a bath. Would involve moving a sink/basin as well.

    Good god I miss not having to think about all of this.
    New bathroom could be anywhere between 2-5k, depends on what quality fixtures you want, how complicated the moving around of pipework is and how lucky your builder feels when he quotes you
  • Psychotext 16 Nov 2017 18:25:39 62,013 posts
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    Outer shell progressing.

  • GuybrushThreepwood 16 Nov 2017 19:19:23 1,234 posts
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    Looking good Rockefella :)

    Threatened my estate agents with a formal complaint today. Suddenly I've had a flurry of calls and we're being told one to two weeks from Monday.

    We're thinking either the first or eight of December. Just ordered boxes and I'm going to have to transfer money and get insurance etc.

    Scary stuff.
  • Dougs 16 Nov 2017 19:59:51 83,738 posts
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    Get packers in. Seriously.
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