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Hello, as we have been in the bathroom industry for over 100 years between us,

we use this area to pass on advice on problems and new products which might help those problems.


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Brushed Brass MPRO v VOS Colour match?

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We have both the MPRO by Crosswater and the Vos ranges on Display in our Wandsworth showroom

and we get asked can you mix the ranges as customers often prefer a lot of the Vos range but the wall mounted basin spout.

We say you can mix them as the colours are nearly identical as i hope the pictures below show.

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A bar in the bathroom - American version

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Some bright spark thought this would look good and i know it is meant as a joke.

But the the glasses cathching the dirty shower water really bother me.

The British version would surely be a beer keg installed next door with a plastic pipe

poking through the tile with a switch on it so that it can drunk at the same time as having a shower.

i am fairly sure this if it was a bitter or ale would be mainly an option for men.

But it would scotch the theory that we can`t multi task ;)

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Planning a bathroom for a tall person is not easy

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Please take care if a tall person is going to be using your new bathroom.

Now the people who built this hotel toilet in Birming probably thought 7ft high would be enough :)

But the Tall Persons Club GB & Ireland were visiting that weekend.

I took that photo and although i am a relative shorty at 6`5,

there are still small changes that can be made to make a bathroom more comfortable for me.

One is to put a long slide rail kit in and make it quite high as bending down to get a shower is no fun.

Plumbers are nearly all not so tall so you need to show them the height you want it).

The other easy thing to do is make your wall hung basin unit a bit higher than normal,

also to put a longish mirror to cater for everyone who uses the bathroom.

I am an expert in tall bathrooom needs for my sins,

so please email me at the email address on the top the page for any advice you may need in this regard.

 

 

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A proper old fashioned toilet

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I was at Warwick Castle at the weekend and when i saw this i could not resist taking a picture of this.

It is very sad taking pictures of toilets anywhere so i had to hang around and not get caught doing it.

But this is a proper old fashioned toilet, a drop and go but it would of been the height of luxury at the time.

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Hand Made in England Heated Towel Rails by Bard and Brazier

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Hand Made in England Heated Towel Rails by Bard and Brazier 

We know these guys make quality products and while it is frustrating to wait for up to 6 weeks,

for one of their colours, it is worth it in the end.

Also i think this is one of the best pictures i have seen in the bathroom industry.

What do you think?

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How do i make sure my new bathroom is eco friendly?

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How do i make sure my new bathroom is eco friendly?

If you are going to put in a new bathroom and want it to be Eco friendly,

then the best thing is to make sure that it will last a long time.

For example if you buy a cheap chrome plated brass heated towel rail,

if you live in an area of hard water this is going to rust and you are going to keep replacing it.

If however you were to buy a heated towel rail made out of stainless steel like JIS do then it would 

last at least 25 years. So basically the better the quality the longer it will last.

 

So that`s easy you think?.....well not really as the quality of certain brands products vary.

For example Burlington toilets and basins are fine but we don`t rate their taps as being long lasting.

That is because after 20 years here we know the customer service problems you get with certain Brands ranges.

So basically ask your local bathroom store (who have been around for ages and do decent brands) for a bathroom that will last for 20 years.

Most items in your bathroom should last that long apart from the toilet seats and i am afraid you will have to buy replacements over that period.

 

So buy brands with expert advice from a trustworthy source

 

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Should i get a slim cistern frame for my wall hung toilet?

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Should i get a slim cistern frame for my wall hung toilet?

Cistern frames tend to come in 3 different sizes, Slim, fat and short.

Cistern frames normally go inside your stud wall.

If you have got a concrete or outside brick wall then you will need to build a box around them.

Short cistern frames are for normally where the toilet is under a window frame.

Slim ones are normally used if space is an issue either in the wall or outside the wall.

Please be aware that slim frames are wider than the fat or the short ones.

This is because they all have to have the same amount of water in them and 

the thin ones are just more spread out to accomodate that.

 Fat ones (no supplier will ever call their frame fat) are the standard frames.

They tend to be just under or over 1m high.

If space is not an issue or height then it is best to get these,

as they tend to be kess expensive and do the jub just as well.

But also they normally have  more adjustable height than the other 2 types have.

All the well known branded cistern frames such as Geberit, Grohe, Saneux and Crosswater

have full access from the flush plate so you do not need to have an access panel on top for these brands.

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The cistern above is the Saneux slim cistern frame

 

 

 

 

 

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Best basin in a Britsh pub?

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I saw this communal basin in a pub called the Troubadour in Earls Court this week,

and like the sad bog flogger i am  i couldnt resist taking a picture of it.

You have to be really careful when taking a photo in a pubs toilet!!

as the thought of getting caught in the act is mortifying.

Had i known at the time of taking it that it is a mixed toilet,

i would not not of taken it. As explaining taking a picture of a basin

to a slightly pissed bloke is doable just.

But explaing why you are taking a picture of a basin when a woman had just opened the door opposite

and was in the picture would be awful. This is a humble bog floggers life i suppose.

I suppose the moral of the story is not to go to interesting pubs and therefore avoid basin temptation.

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When can i get old Simpsons Shower door products and spares?

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When can i get old Simpsons Shower door products and spares?

A lot of these are still available and have been rebranded as Crosswater

Simpsons have been part of the Crosswater group for a long time..

At the end of 2018 Crosswater decided to brand their procts as there own.

If you have any customner service issues or need spare parts please contact Crosswater on

0845 873 8840 then option 1 then option 3

As any guarantees that the Simpsons shower doors and trays products you have purchased had are still valid.

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When can i get old Bauhaus bathroom products?

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When can i get old Bauhaus bathroom products?

A lot of these are still available and have been rebranded as Crosswater

Bauhaus have been part of the Crosswater group for a long time..

At the end of 2018 Crosswater decided to brand their procts as there own.

If you have any customner service issues or need spare parts please contact Crosswater on

0845 873 8840 then option 1 then option 3

As any guarantees that the bauhaus products you have purchased had are still valid.

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