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Hello, this is the Blog for Bathrooms at Source Online shop and my name is Simon and i will be waffeling on about various aspects of the bog flogging industry.


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Black Zucchetti taps in the UK a buying guide

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Hello there

It is possiable to buy black Zucchetti taps in the UK buit it is hard to find images of them.

The image you see for this blog is th N finish which is a shiney black finish and noramally only on the Isy range of taps.

By far the more common Zucchetti black finish is the N.1 matt black finish which is very popular in the Pan range.

 

Zucchetti UK in London do keep some stock but it is mostley polished chrome,

but they are starting to stock more of matt black built in parts (that go in the wall) that your plumber needs first.

The quote 6 - 8 weeks lead time for the N1 items but we have often found that they come in about 4 weeks but not always.

But please be aware the factory in Italy closes down at Easter, Christmas and all of August. 

So ordering near those times leads to an even longer wait, but it is worth it as they are beautiful taps and showers.

Please email the address at the top of this page for more info on 

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150mm Short Brushed Stainless Steel Cloakroom Basin Mixer Tap

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150mm Short Brushed Stainless Steel Cloakroom Basin Mixer Tap

At last someone has come out with a short spout deck mounted basin mixer tap.

Not only that but it is made out of pure stainless steel.

Not made of brass and then plated as with some other ranges.

When taps are made out of brass and then plated a brushed stainless steel coulour,

they tend to have a slight rose type glow beneath them

We have got both the Inox taps and other manufaturers brushed stainless steel taps in our showroom.

When they are put next top each other then about 85% of people choose the the Inox version in the flesh.

 

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Our Leigh is doing well in his product training

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Our Leigh is doing well in his product training

After 10 years on the job and during his weekly product training.

Leigh was delighted when he knew the answer that this was indeed a bathroom cabinet with lights

His little beaming face showing his delight.

Leigh is modelling this years artic warehouse hoody and hat combo (available to buy from us for a knockdown £280)

Lovers of Thomas the Tank Engine might notice a certain resembelance to the fat controller

But as i am known as Blakey, i can hardy dish out any stick.

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Is Inox the same as Amox brushed stainless steel taps

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We are main dealers of Inox brushed stainless steel taps in the UK,

and we get asked if another companys range called Amox are the same taps.

Well for more than 90% of that Amox range then they are indeed Inox from Just Taps Plus that have been rebranded.

This is something that used to go on a lot years ago in the bathroom industry.

It is a way of protecting their orders from cross quoting from other bathroom companies.

But the bottom line is that for the majority of the Amox products then they are indeed the Inox range from Just Taps Plus

 

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Bathrooms at Source Stock and Ex Display Sale 2018

Bathrooms at Source Stock and Ex Display Sale 2018

Hi guys we will be running a 50% off ex displays and selected stock in our warehouse sale throughout 2018

Click on the headline above (in light blue) to see our offers.

Some of these will be ex display units that our in our shop and we are selling to make way for new displays.

Some will be returns from customers where they have changed their mind.

If they have been out of the box then we thourghly check them before listing them.

most are brand new in the box and are just where the customer has changed their minds.

An either we have had them too long or it will cost too much to return the goods to our supplier.

 

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Graff Bathroom Taps Faucets and Shower Valves are here in the UK

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Graff Bathroom Brand Taps and Shower Valves are here in the UK

Graff bathroom range of bathroom taps and showers available to buy online in the UK.

Bathrooms at Source are a family run bathroom showroom in South West London.

We love the diverseness and the ingenuity of the design of the Graff taps shower valves and accessories.

Whilst we might love this American company’s brassware we will not be calling our taps Faucets just yet.

Please contact us on 020 8870 8155 or look at us at

http://bathroomsatsource.com/brands/graff-taps-full-range

 

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Stainless steel bathroom shower most popular UK configuration

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Stainless steel bathroom shower the most popular UK configuration 

Inox is our best selling stainless stell range,

mostly i guess because it is pure stainless steel and not plated brass.

I keep getting asked what is the most popular setting for a brushed stainless steel shower?

It is by far the configuaration which sees a 3 handle 2 outlet valve or a 2 handle 2 outlet valve (if you have better pressure)

Coupled with a head and arm coupled with a neat handset and wall outlet combo

Rather than a bulky slide rail kit, but still with the ability to be flexible for your showering needs.

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The humble toilet S bend and it`s origins from London

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The humble toilet  S bend and it`s origins from London Victorian

How the humble S-bend made modern toilets possible

19th Century engraving depicting a water closet by Jennings of Lambeth, with valve and S-bendImage copyrightALAMY

"Gentility of speech is at an end," thundered an editorial in London's City Press, in 1858. "It stinks!"

The stink in question was partly metaphorical: politicians were failing to tackle an obvious problem.

As its population grew, London's system for disposing of human waste became woefully inadequate. To relieve pressure on cess pits - which were prone to leaking, overflowing, and belching explosive methane - the authorities had instead started encouraging sewage into gullies.

However, this created a different issue: the gullies were originally intended for only rainwater, and emptied directly into the River Thames.

That was the literal stink - the Thames became an open sewer.

A 1849 cartoon from Punch showing Image copyrightALAMY

Cholera was rife. One outbreak killed 14,000 Londoners - nearly one in every 100.

Civil engineer Joseph Bazalgette drew up plans for new, closed sewers to pump the waste far from the city. It was this project that politicians came under pressure to approve.

The sweltering-hot summer of 1858 had made London's malodorous river impossible to politely ignore, or to discuss obliquely with "gentility of speech". The heatwave became popularly known as the "Great Stink".

Unlikely figure

If you live in a city with modern sanitation, it's hard to imagine daily life being permeated with the suffocating stench of human excrement.

For that, we have a number of people to thank - but perhaps none more so than the unlikely figure of Alexander Cumming.


A watchmaker in London a century before the Great Stink, Cumming won renown for his mastery of intricate mechanics.

King George III commissioned him to make an elaborate instrument for recording atmospheric pressure, and he pioneered the microtome, a device for cutting ultra-fine slivers of wood for microscopic analysis.

Alexander CummingImage copyrightALAMY
Image captionAlexander Cumming's S-bend was crucial in the development of the flushing toilet

But Cumming's world-changing invention owed nothing to precision engineering. It was a bit of pipe with a curve in it.

In 1775, Cumming patented the S-bend. This became the missing ingredient to create the flushing toilet - and, with it, public sanitation as we know it.

Simplicity

Flushing toilets had previously foundered on the problem of smell: the pipe that connects the toilet to the sewer, allowing urine and faeces to be flushed away, will also also let sewer odours waft back up - unless you can create some kind of airtight seal.

Cumming's solution was simplicity itself: bend the pipe. Water settles in the dip, stopping smells coming up; flushing the toilet replenishes the water.

While we've moved on alphabetically from the S-bend to the U-bend, flushing toilets still deploy the same insight.

An advert for Thomas Crapper's flushing toiletImage copyrightALAMY

Rollout, however, came slowly: by 1851, flushing toilets remained novel enough in London to cause mass excitement when introduced at the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace.

Use of the facilities cost one penny, giving the English language one of its enduring euphemisms for emptying one's bladder, "to spend a penny".

Hundreds of thousands of Londoners queued for the opportunity to relieve themselves while marvelling at the miracles of modern plumbing.

If the Great Exhibition gave Londoners a vision of how public sanitation could be - clean, and smell-free - no doubt that added to the weight of popular discontent as politicians dragged their heels over finding the funds for Joseph Bazalgette's planned sewers.

More than 170 years later, about two-thirds of the world's people have access to what's called "improved sanitation", according to the World Health Organization, up from about a quarter in 1980.

That's a big step forward.

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What are the British standard shower hose sizes?

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What are the British standard shower hose sizes?

Well the standard size is 150cm and this comes in most bath shower mixers and shower sets that you buy as a complete set.

If you want to go bigger then you can get a 1.75 or a 2m and even a 3m and 3.2m hose (and search for them like 1.75 shower hose etc)

If you want to go smaller the you can go 1.25 1m (although this seems permantley out of stock) 0.8m, 0.75 and our own 0.5m hose

A really small hose like the 500mm we do is mainly to look good with no big hanging down hose that people dislike so much.

Being so small it would be difficult to use unless it`s fixed position as 500mm is tiny, but it does look really neat :)

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A Traditional pull out of the bath handset and hose kit

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At last someone has produced a Traditional pull out of the bath handset and hose kit

This product from Crosswater rather cleverly collects the water that runs down the hose,

and sends it to the bath waste (has to be a Crosswater one of course).

 

Crosswater Belgravia Follow Me Traditional Pull Out Of The Bath Handset Kit BL812C

Pull out of the bath handset kit with handset, hose and escutchion (cover plate)

  • Complete with waste drain
  • Which is a small drain hose which the syphons off water that runs down your hose into the bath waste
  • Compatable with Crosswater bath filler wastes
  • length of hose is 1.25m long (so you can pull up over 1m)
  • Chrome face plate
  • Deck mounted only
  • Water pressure: 0.5 bar
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