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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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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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Cross Contamination Shower Hose too long in a Hospital

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Cross Contamination Shower Hose too long in a Hospital

Which shower hose should i buy to stop this cross contamination.

We keep getting asked this as we sell the shortest shower hose in the UK (0.5m)

This is not the right option in this case.

The 0.5m hose is really for people who hate the long looping shower hoses and want something that looks neat.

They realise at this length the hose is mmostly decorative.

In a hospital patients would be going mad as it is so short and would lead to much frustration.

We would recommend either a 0.8m or a 1m hose as this can be used to shower with but should be short enough to not cross contaminate.

If you are a hospital or doing a spec for a hospital then please do not buy the very small 500mm (0.5m) shower hose.

 

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Should i buy a one or two door Quadrant shower enclosure?

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Should i buy a one or two door Quadrant shower enclosure?

Simple answer = 1 door

Why? = Because a two door, although they look good they always come off the runners and need constant maintenance.

as with all new branded shower doors please only use soap amnd water or Ecover as otherwise you will take the clear shield coating off. 

 

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Will a shorter shower hose improve your shower pressure?

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Will a shorter shower hose improve your shower pressure?

Well the short (parden the pun) answer is yes.

But there are some variables in that answer,

but if you were replacing a longer shower hose with a shorter shower hose,

and they both had the same bore (hole inside measured in mm) then the water will come out a bit stronger.

This is because it has less distance to travel and less kinks to navigate that slow down the flow of water.

I personally think that our 0.5m shower hose is too short to replace a normal sized showering hose.

As there is just not enough play for it to be used for general showering.

however a 0.8m or a 1m shower hose may suit you very well indeed.

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Goodbye to our warehouse lass artwork

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Goodbye to our warehouse lass artwork

Our artwork is going from our warehouse.

Sadly we have had one of warehouse doors taken down and replaced with a normal door.

It is progress and far more practical but i will miss our warehouse lass :(

warehouse_art

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A side heated towel rail - what a good idea

A side wall mounted heated towel rail - what a good idea

The Midhurst from JIS is one of the best ideas for years in the bathroom industry.

What a good design idea.]

Probably not suited if you have toddlers around the house.

But this design frees up wall space and you will be able to dry your towels much easier

than a conventional rail, where you sometimes have to squeexe them down the back.

made out of stainless steel and has a 25 year guarantee

JIS_Sssex_Midhurst_heated_towel_rail_in_stainless_steel_bathroom_picture

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Vado`s long awaited Red dot winner the Kovera range

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Vado`s long awaited Red dot winner the Kovera range is finally here.

This tap and shower valve range were incredibally hard to get from the original design concept to the finished article.

Other tap makers have tried and failed with this design, but Vado are the industries tortoises.

They are very thorough and have come up with a sure fire winner here.

With cutting edge design combined with Vado`s tried and trusted excellence in producing well made taps.

They have to be well made as Vado offer a 12 year guarantee on them.

Vado_Kovera_tap_KOV-100-SB_5848

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