fitting new shower mixer, bar type

Discussion in 'UK DIY' started by Tom, May 8, 2011.

  1. Tom

    Tom Guest

    Hi All,

    I have just bought a Swirl thermostatic shower mixer that is to
    replace a leaking AquaLisa recessed model.

    After I have filled in the hole where the old shower was (it was
    sunken into the tiled plywood "wall" of a cupboard) I need to fit the
    new mixer.

    The method of fixing it isn't clear from the manual - it seems to be
    achieved using "s-elbows" (supplied) and nothing else. Is this usual?

    Is there a guide anywhere of how to fit these type of mixers? Is it
    effectively supported on the pipes - it does seem quite heavy?

    What do I connect the s-elbows to at the supply side?

    Thanks, Tom
    Tom, May 8, 2011
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    Roger Mills Guest

    On 08/05/2011 17:43, Tom wrote:
    > Hi All,
    >
    > I have just bought a Swirl thermostatic shower mixer that is to
    > replace a leaking AquaLisa recessed model.
    >
    > After I have filled in the hole where the old shower was (it was
    > sunken into the tiled plywood "wall" of a cupboard) I need to fit the
    > new mixer.
    >
    > The method of fixing it isn't clear from the manual - it seems to be
    > achieved using "s-elbows" (supplied) and nothing else. Is this usual?
    >
    > Is there a guide anywhere of how to fit these type of mixers? Is it
    > effectively supported on the pipes - it does seem quite heavy?
    >
    > What do I connect the s-elbows to at the supply side?
    >
    > Thanks, Tom


    When I fitted mine, in a stud wall, I used one of these:
    http://www.screwfix.com/p/grohe-exposed-installation-kit/51167

    The elbows are rigidly supported by the cross-piece which, in turn, I
    screwed to the studding. I used Hep2O (or equivalent - forget exactly
    which) flexible plastic pipe - with inserts, of course - straight into
    the compression inputs of the elbows.

    I was building the wall at the same time, so it was easy to build this
    into the wall. If you can get behind your plywood 'wall', and fit one of
    these, it will make your life a hell of a lot easier.
    --
    Cheers,
    Roger
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    YAPH Guest

    On Sun, 08 May 2011 09:43:21 -0700, Tom wrote:

    > Is there a guide anywhere of how to fit these type of mixers? Is it
    > effectively supported on the pipes - it does seem quite heavy?


    A few suggested fixing methods on the DIY wiki





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    YAPH, May 8, 2011
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  4. Tom

    sm_jamieson Guest

    On May 8, 5:43 pm, Tom <> wrote:
    > Hi All,
    >
    > I have just bought a Swirl thermostatic shower mixer that is to
    > replace a leaking AquaLisa recessed model.
    >
    > After I have filled in the hole where the old shower was (it was
    > sunken into the tiled plywood "wall" of a cupboard) I need to fit the
    > new mixer.
    >
    > The method of fixing it isn't clear from the manual - it seems to be
    > achieved using "s-elbows" (supplied) and nothing else. Is this usual?
    >
    > Is there a guide anywhere of how to fit these type of mixers? Is it
    > effectively supported on the pipes - it does seem quite heavy?
    >
    > What do I connect the s-elbows to at the supply side?
    >
    > Thanks, Tom


    When I did mine, it came with non-cranked 1/2 to 3/4 inch adapters and
    some panel-mounting bolts. I connected the adapters to a compression
    elbow at the back, then mounted the adapters onto a piece of aluminium
    plate (from a local metal supermarkets) carefully measured and
    drilled. The larger plate gives a more solid fixing, and better to
    resists forces is someone uses it as a grab handle !
    Forward planning is required to ensure the correct depth after tiling.
    Simon.
    sm_jamieson, May 9, 2011
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  5. In article <>,
    Tom <> writes:
    > Hi All,
    >
    > I have just bought a Swirl thermostatic shower mixer that is to
    > replace a leaking AquaLisa recessed model.


    The bar type are all (AFAIK) slow acting thermostats using
    a phile.
    Your recessed one may have been a fast acting one designed
    for a multipoint heater or combi boiler (although they also
    come in cheaper slow acting versions for stored hot water,
    and completely non-thermostatic valves).
    Might want to double check you have a suitable replacement before
    fitting it - there are several types of thermostatic controls
    for different situations (with a wide range of prices).

    --
    Andrew Gabriel
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    Andrew Gabriel, May 14, 2011
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