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How easy would it be to fit a power shower?

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katymac Mon 02-Oct-17 16:23:39

Here - taken a pic as I don't understand this stuff

The boiler is behind the wall so I assume electric is fairly close

Any ideas?

Haggisfish Mon 02-Oct-17 16:29:28

Needs a plumber and possibly electrician. I don't think you can have one with combi boiler although could be wrong. Ours uses a motor to 'power' out the hot water from tank. Goes tepid after about 20 mins.

DuckOffAutocorrectYouShiv Mon 02-Oct-17 16:30:53

Water + electricity = not a job for an amateur

washingmachinefastwash Mon 02-Oct-17 16:32:13

You need an electrician to run the cable to th shower and a plumber to fit the pipework and then the shower to the wall.

katymac Mon 02-Oct-17 16:51:29

Oh gosh I know we can't do it - but I kind of need to know if it's a big (rip out the tiles & replaster) job or a smaller (drill for a cable) job?

We do have a combi boiler - what sort of shower should we have then? As this one is umm very poor pressure

katymac Mon 02-Oct-17 18:37:46

Does anyone know?

washingmachinefastwash Mon 02-Oct-17 18:52:06

You’ll need to take off the tiles (professional will do this) and then electrician might need access from above for the wires if there isn’t an electric shower already there.

katymac Mon 02-Oct-17 18:58:21

Poop it won't be happening then as we can't afford it

I was hoping it was only an electric cable that would need to come through as the water pipes could have been done in chrome (visibly)

But we are unlikely to match the tiles & the whole bathroom is tiled

There is electric in the next room so I'd hoped it would be easy

washingmachinefastwash Mon 02-Oct-17 19:24:46

An electrician would run the wiring from the other room but would need to wire to up to the shower needing access from behind the tiles.

Do you have any spare tiles?

katymac Mon 02-Oct-17 19:47:39

No we moved in on Wednesday - we keep finding jobs to do

Normal for moving house I guess

DuckOffAutocorrectYouShiv Mon 02-Oct-17 20:05:03

Gosh. You seem to have moved quickly, katy, seems like only a couple of months ago you were having a pre sale spruce up of your old place. Nice to hear you're in your new place smile

katymac Mon 02-Oct-17 20:10:03

That must have been March/April at the latest as in May we went off for a 4.5 month holiday which might be why we have no money now grin

DuckOffAutocorrectYouShiv Mon 02-Oct-17 20:33:23

Probably, this year has galloped by.

seasidesally Mon 02-Oct-17 21:04:44

do you have a working pump for the shower at the moment??

katymac Mon 02-Oct-17 21:09:52

I can't find a separate switch for the shower so I'm assuming not

But I'm not an expert this maybe the most pointless thing I have posted today because its fairly obvious

It's getting late and my sense of humour is getting out of control sorry

SquidgeyMidgey Mon 02-Oct-17 21:20:49

If you can get a recommendation for a good plumber it might be worth asking them out for a look. Whereabouts are you? I know a fantastic one in the south warwickshire area.

seasidesally Mon 02-Oct-17 21:23:01

well i had a similar shower (not electric) but had a pump in the airing cupboard

sadly the pump died and the shower became rubbish,anyway i have just had a new pump fitted £290 all in and my god its fantastic a real pleasure and powerful

so im wondering if you could get a pump fitted it makes all the differrence and no trouble with tiles etc,very low mess and wouldnt effect your bathroom decor etc at all

LIZS Mon 02-Oct-17 21:30:37

Our pump is in the airing cupboard behind. I would have thought it could be retro fitted from the other side if pipework is ok. Perhaps get a plumber out to take a look.

katymac Mon 02-Oct-17 21:32:06

Maybe - the other side of the wall is the airing cupboard/boiler cupboard

I'll have a look - great idea, thanks

I am looking for a plumber but I only just moved into the area so I am still learning (nowhere near there smile)

Alwayscheerful Mon 02-Oct-17 21:34:31

I have been told to fit a pump in the during cupboard to boost the hot water to two bathrooms, the pressure is ok from the cold water. How is your pressure.
Ps could you pm me details of the south Warwickshire Plumber please?

SquidgeyMidgey Mon 02-Oct-17 21:36:59

Will do...

EngTech Mon 02-Oct-17 21:38:50

Agree with pump, electrics in airing cupboard or similar

Any good plumber should be able to sort it out 😀👍

SquidgeyMidgey Mon 02-Oct-17 21:40:23

Can't find his number Alwayscheerful, DH will have it and he'll be home late so I'll send it tomorrow. He's a bathroom fitter/plumber if that's ok, if you need something like a new boiler I would rec someone different.

Alwayscheerful Mon 02-Oct-17 21:45:13

👍thank you Swidgey.
Hopefully piglet John will be along to explain about measuring water pressure.

seasidesally Mon 02-Oct-17 21:46:24

having the pump makes all the differrence

no mess involved

cheaper to run than electric shower

took just under an hr to swap over etc

yes should be in airing cupboard

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