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London bathroom fitters: Installation of a combination faucet.

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Not a long time ago just one type of combination faucet was possible to install. It was a combined variant - both for a bath and for a sink - with common long nose which turns hither and thither as required. It was such a common thing. And the water is supplied to it through the pipes placed on the wall. Installation of combination faucet somewhere else, except the wall, was off the question. Baths weren't good, too: huge bath took half of bathroom. That's all beauty. Modern baths vary in forms, color and materials. New design solutions require new technological approaches, in particular, as for water inlet and supply. Nowadays, this or that arrangement of combination bath faucet is not casual.

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There are still combination facets with rotary nose and shower mixer both for sink and bath. They do not lose their popularity probably because they are ideally convenient both for filling of a bath and for taking shower while standing. In fact, the few are able to afford the bath and separate shower cabin. There is just one requirement - the bath is to be in close proximity to the wall and other parameters are of no importance. Before now the combination faucet was installed directly above bath draining hole. Now it may be installed in any place around the bath.


But, certainly, much depends on pipes layout, too. If it is not green field repairs you'll have to contend with existing centre to centre distance of earlier installed pipes. You'll have to install new combination facet on a place of removed one and you won't be able to change its locus. But in case of major repairs and complete replacement of pipes you may invent something and install the combination faucet in any convenient place.


When choosing wall-mounted combination faucet, pay attention to water outlet length, that is to the distance from the wall up to the center of its "nose" which is always mentioned in its specifications. There are three types of water outlets for bath combination faucets: short, average and long. The most fashionable are combination faucets with short noses. But there is one important moment: if "nose" of combination faucet is too short, the water starts to flow beyond the bath. Each good bath combination faucet has a detailed technical card, but you'll have to keep in mind that drawings always show the distance from the wall up to the center of a jet, and in fact it is not so. Besides, the sides of a bath differ on edge. The wider is the side, the longer nose you'll have to take. So, after all, midi combination faucets are the most convenient for their installation on the wall. In case of wall-mounted combination faucet it is possible to mount fixed support of shower mixer enabling adjustment of shower head position.


The height of combination faucet mounting may vary in each specific case; the standard height is 10-15 cm above the bath side. Sometimes the combination faucet is mounted at height of tile and according to that height the pipes are mounted. It is necessary to consider the length of shower mixer adapting pipe (if it is in the bottom of shower mixer). Installation of combination faucet on the wall in unusual place may add distinctiveness to your bathroom.

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Combination faucet placed on a side of a bath. A lot of known manufacturers produce the baths with combination faucet mounted on a bath side. It is most commonly encountered in complex hydro massage baths equipped with electronic control panels. It is an integral part of bath design; it is impossible to change it without disruption of whole system's work. It is possible in theory, but in practice is encountered too seldom. The buyer may also purchase an "empty" bath. In that case we can select any combination faucet, shower mixer, etc., which have required design and place of installation. Often expensive baths produced by known manufacturers are offered as complete sets equipped with certain combination faucet mounted on a side. When "empty" bath is ordered from factory, apertures are selected for specific combination faucet which is to be mounted on that bath, and there are provided any variants of its installation within the limits of standards effective in this area.


Combination facet mounted on a rack - effective and very beautiful variant for expensive and exclusive baths on legs in spacious tiring-rooms. Just imagine a semi-antique bath in classical style, with some lion's paws. That bath is to be equipped with relevant luxurious combination faucet. There are also modern variants. They have completely coordinated and targeted design. The bath and the combination faucet are matched together less often, but experts do not advise that, because mismatches are possible, for example, color mismatching of legs of the bath and combination faucet.


The rack with the shower mixer is usually mounted near the bath. It is necessary to note, that the shower mixer mounted on a rack may be installed only in case of green field creation of a bathroom as its water supply is made from under the floor. Shower mixer mounted on a rack usually has its shower head on a flexible hose, but there are certain models which have the shower head fixed at the top on a metal tube, after the manner of old showers.


The combination faucet mounted on a shelf belongs to the category of designer's fads. It is just decorative solution used for creation of non-standard bathroom design and usually entails 100 percent appreciation of the whole project. The combination faucets intended for their installation on a shelf are much more expensive than wall-mounted ones. Such combination faucets are considerably expensive, high fashioned things. Cascade mixers are usually mounted in such a way. They may be mounted in the niche or on brick setting near built-in bathtub, or on a podium around the bath, or on specially constructed tiled or revet shelf.


There are different variants of installation. The combination faucet may be mounted in any place around the bath which usually is an expensive, large-sized and non-standard model. By means of flexible connection it is possible to mount the tap, cranes and shower in different places relatively to each other. The shower in that case is usually extendable. Experts consider it as a minus because of frequent telescoping the hose of that design wears out quickly. If the bath is near the wall, you can mount the rack for standing shower.


What for such diversification is necessary? And why install the combination faucet in any place of the bath? Just for comfort - to have the jet of water where you need it to be, instead of the only place possible. For originality - because such set of component parts makes the house unique. It's good to have an option especially when the experts help to decide.


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