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Which end of bath for Taps???
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Old 20-10-2006, 4:22 PM
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My Mum has just had a new bath fitted and the plumber has fitted it with the taps directly underneath the shower. When she asked him why he didn't fit it the same as the original bath he said that is how it is meant to be fitted:confused: Every time she has a shower now water sits behind the taps making it difficult to mop up and soaking the taps leaving them really dull. Originally the taps were at the other end of the bath without any problem. Surely this can't be right.......... can it??
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Old 20-10-2006, 4:35 PM
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Depends. Is the shower actually a separate one from the taps? If so, then no, there's no reason the shower shouldn't be at the far end - my last bath had it. In fact, a lot of the time, that's the only way you can have it, as the taps are often at the window end of the bathroom, thus the shower has to be at the wall end. It is, of course, a lot easier to fit the shower next to the taps, as it cuts down on the pipework.
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Old 20-10-2006, 4:46 PM
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Thanks Tawnyowls - the shower is separate from the taps and he didn't have to touch the shower only install the bath so he obviously made the job easier for himself regarding the pipework by installing it this way!
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Old 20-10-2006, 5:12 PM
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i had my taps put in at the feet end
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Old 20-10-2006, 5:58 PM
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taps are good in the middle of the bath, that way you can have two people in the bath, at each end!
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Old 20-10-2006, 6:12 PM
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I have just fitted my own bathroom and had the same dilema...

Taps were at the window end, therefore the place to fix a shower was at the opposite end. As a matter of ease, i left everything how it was and fitted the shower at the head end of the bath.

One person did say that the taps, and thus, the plug hole should be at the same end as the shower so that water drains more quickly. I tend to agree with this logic but IMHO, there are many other things that will govern which way round you do it i.e

current pipework (which would be easier), sink location (incase it causes an obstruction when entering the bath), personal preference etc...

I dont think it really matters.
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Old 20-10-2006, 6:17 PM
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taps are good in the middle of the bath, that way you can have two people in the bath, at each end!

We have tried it with one person at each end but she is not willing to try with two at each end.
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Old 20-10-2006, 6:59 PM
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Really confused with the responses! You clearly have a new bath and taps not a new shower. Taps can normally only go at one end only because there is usually only one set of holes which is the same end as the drain hole. I assume that the shower already is in a good position, ie; full wall and no windows next to it. The question therfore is 'if the shower stays in the same position, which way round should i fit the bath'. The obvious answer being with the drain hole and taps at the opposite end to the shower as it was before and then you wouldn't have the problem you have now and you wouldn't bang your legs on the taps. Not sure why anyone thinks it is easier to do anything different if the plumbing is already there. One problem that i have seen is if there is an upstand at the head end, this can also be a water trap if put under the shower. I wouldn't accept the job until it is put right. If you asked for the bath to be changed and didn't agree for it to be put the opposite way around then this is unacceptable.
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Old 20-10-2006, 7:06 PM
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For safety reasons, over-bath showers should always be installed at the tap end. The base of the bath has a gentle slope from the head end towards the taps, which can become slippery during a shower. Also, because of the sloping back at the head end of the bath you may actually end up standing nearer the middle of the bath and hence not directly under the shower.
You must be joking. Who stands on the sloping back rest hoping to not slip off? Spider man? Even though you have to stand back from the slope you would have to stand back from the taps also!!! Whats wrong with standing back a little anyway? Any shower i've seen has an adjustable head so you don't have to stand right next to the wall and bang your nose!!! I think this person is on a wind up or a plonka!

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For safety reasons, over-bath showers should always be installed at the tap end. The base of the bath has a gentle slope from the head end towards the taps, which can become slippery during a shower. Also, because of the sloping back at the head end of the bath you may actually end up standing nearer the middle of the bath and hence not directly under the shower. Now if none of these things matter to you, there is absolutely no reason why you cant fit it the way you want, but it may be worth bearing in mind that if you come to sell your property, any potential buyers may see it and immediately think "Hmm, that'll cost 500 to move" and ...who knows?
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Old 22-10-2006, 10:23 PM
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I've always had shower and taps at the same end. i'd think it was weird to be the other way round.

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Old 22-10-2006, 10:52 PM
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.... Also, because of the sloping back at the head end of the bath you may actually end up standing nearer the middle of the bath and hence not directly under the shower. .....

Too funny.
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Old 22-10-2006, 11:10 PM
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One thing puzzles me about this , if you had a fixed shower door/panel how the heck would you be able to reach the taps to turn them on if the taps were under the shower? Mine is fixed taps at window end , shower at opposite end.... seems quite logical to me to me that way round... As for the slope, of course the shower head is adjusted so the water sprays at acute enough angle so that you stand away from it and no danger of slipping, also most people have a shower mat ..........
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Old 22-10-2006, 11:45 PM
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Shower above the taps for me. Anyone want to start a poll ?.
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Old 23-10-2006, 12:18 AM
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I've always had shower and taps at the same end. i'd think it was weird to be the other way round.

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Same here I installed my own power shower and I put mine at tap end.
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Old 23-10-2006, 1:18 PM
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I agree with the sloping end of the bath comment. The shower should be at the tap end.
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Old 23-10-2006, 2:17 PM
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i'm voting for the tap end - never seen one the other way round. steel baths tend to be wider and a bit flatter there. maybe less critical with acrylic baths as they often have a flattish area throughout.
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Old 23-10-2006, 2:30 PM
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From a person with plumbing knowledge but no expert, it is easier to install them this way and it is cost effective and a little tricky if the supply is coming from below, eg not in the attic.

But if the supply Hot and Cold feed is above it make no odds what end you fit the shower as you just "T" off from the hot and cold feed into the shower unit.

Then take the feeds across the attic and down the other end of the tub. It helps with the pressure as well.

But it can be done, but sometime its a fiddle and may cost more in time and a few quid extra for the pipes and connections, but its not rocket science to change the norm for any good plumber.
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Old 23-10-2006, 4:59 PM
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I seem to remember convention dictated that the taps were installed furthest from the door, in order to aid one's vanity should somebody enter the bathroom whilst you were taking a bath. Of course with corner baths and taps in the middle of the bath this largely goes out of the window. But following this convention would mean a bath should be installed such that the end you would normally face be furthest from the door. Of course, such conventions are no longer followed these days. How often to you see the ceiling light in a bedroom located over the window rather than in the middle of the room? Another convention with one's vanity in mind.
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