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New property - no shower (only bath)

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Ivaylo Thu 03-Nov-16 19:33:44

So I just moved into a new property and there's no shower at all, just a bath. This is what it looks like:

Obviously my roommate and I can't take baths every day. I contacted the agency and they said that the landlord didn't want to install one which means we have to come up with something ourselves.

I was looking at over bath shower mixers (or something like that) but the thing is I have no idea what I even need to look for. Do I have to hire someone to to do it? Do I have to buy the parts myself? What are some things I need to consider, e.g. water pressure?

Any help would be really appreciated, we are completely clueless and we don't really know anyone who can help with this.

GiddyOnZackHunt Thu 03-Nov-16 19:38:09

Didn't you look round? hmm
Anyway, you can't be installing an actual shower without the landlord's agreement - you'd have to get pipework changed etc.
Are you thinking of something that connects to existing taps a bit like the old rubber hair washing things?

sparechange Thu 03-Nov-16 19:39:21

How long are you planning to live there and how much can you afford to spend?
Is the wall above the bath tiled?

The cheapest option would be to get an attachment that fixes over the end of the taps
A more permanent option would be to get a mixer tap installed into the same holes the taps are currently in. The shower tap would be about £100 and it is an hour of a plumbers time or a job for a competent DIYer
But you'd need to tile the walls around it because water running onto a painted wall will damage it very quickly

sparechange Thu 03-Nov-16 19:40:19

And you'd need to check the water pressure. If it is low, you'll get nothing more than a dribble from the shower when it is high up

GiddyOnZackHunt Thu 03-Nov-16 19:41:30

Like this?

FunkyChunk Thu 03-Nov-16 19:42:02

I'd get someone to fix something like this: . Keep the taps that are there and re-fit when you move out.

viques Thu 03-Nov-16 19:42:10

Why can't you and room mate take baths everyday? If you are worried about how much water you are using you could take it in turns to be first in the bath water........

LIZS Thu 03-Nov-16 19:42:48

You can't install anything permanent or that would require fixings without express permission! And if that is the configuration it would be tricky to screen it off to avoid splashing into the floor. You could get a spray attachment to fit onto the taps with rubber tubes, I think Boots sell them. Surely if a shower was so important you'd have ruled this property out on sight confused

GiddyOnZackHunt Thu 03-Nov-16 19:42:52

But that only works if you have a mixer tap and tiles as spare days.

Ivaylo Thu 03-Nov-16 19:43:43

We did look around, the old tenants had something installed they must have taken it down when they left which we didn't realise would happen.
The landlord doesn't mind us installing a shower he just doesn't want to do it himself.
And yeah something that connects to the existing taps would potentially be a viable option, it would mean we wouldn't have to change anything.

Emberfirefly Thu 03-Nov-16 19:44:42

One of these as cheapo option

LIZS Thu 03-Nov-16 20:00:28

Yes I meant something like ember fly's link. For something more shower like they also do but you'd need to fit a shower curtain or screen as well and that pic suggests an awkward space. Why are short shallow baths not feasible?

BackforGood Thu 03-Nov-16 20:06:35

Another person not sure why you can't take baths. Fine, if you prefer showers, but not sure why you "obviously can't take baths".

girlandboy Thu 03-Nov-16 20:07:34

I don't really understand this "we can't take a bath every day" thing?

We've only just installed our first shower in nearly 30 years of being together, and we've got grown up DC's still at home too. So that's four of us in the house having baths every day. And we've only got a small hot water tank.
What's the problem?

SheepyFun Thu 03-Nov-16 20:25:38

Having lived in a house without a shower, the mixer taps/shower attachments don't always work. In our house (with elderly plumbing), the cold water into the bath came straight off the mains at high pressure (the mains is pumped) and the hot water from a tank. When using a shower attachment, we realised some of the cold water was forcing its way into the hot tank (and the shower was cold!), which wasn't going to improve the plumbing. However I managed to live without a shower for over 2 years, and I have long hair.

In our current house, both the hot and cold water for the bath come from tanks, and it has a shower attachment on the taps.

Top tip: fill a bucket with warm water when you're in the bath, and use a (plastic) jug to pour it over your head when washing your hair - that way, you use clean water, and your hair actually gets clean.

dynevoran Thu 03-Nov-16 20:36:28

sheepy is right just have bucket baths. Less glam but just as effective.

girlandboy Thu 03-Nov-16 20:42:26

No need for a "bucket bath".

As I said before.....just have a bath. What's so bad about that?

SheepyFun Thu 03-Nov-16 20:59:51

Sorry, to clarify, I did have 'normal' baths most of the time, the bucket of water was mainly to get my hair clean - I really didn't want to wash it every day,

dynevoran Thu 03-Nov-16 21:17:19

Also bucket baths are better for when you don't want to run a whole bath for time or water reasons. Better for rinsing hair and for when you don't want to sit down in water and just want a quick standing up wash. Use so much less water than even a shallow bath.

expatinscotland Thu 03-Nov-16 21:24:56

So fucking backwards to not have a shower. Get something put on. Your LL is a cheap fucker.

girlandboy Thu 03-Nov-16 21:29:13

Ha! Didn't realise my family and I have been "fucking backwards" for 30 years confused

I'll consider myself told

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