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Bathroom refurbishment concealed or exposed shower?

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skuml · 26/02/2024 23:04

Hi there,
Refurbishing a bathroom and shower room ! Have to make lots of decisions in tomorrow!

  • Confused should I go for exposed shower above the bath tub?? is it better to have over-head and hand-held shower in bathtub?


We always had concealed - I liked it, Our old one lasted 30+ years!!
but I now worry about quality of new concealed mixers! Will they last 10-20 years? How difficult is it to fix if there is any problem?


  • for small shower room - 76x76 cm - would exposed shower work?? Its already too small space? Can anyone recommend a exposed shower that has 300 mm centre??



Any feedback will be really helpful!

@pigletjohn your opinion will be helpful !

, another question - what should the bathtub drainage slope? My plumber is saying per meter some number (i think he has raised the pipe 3-4 cm)!! Could you inform what is regulation regarding the drainage slope?


Is it not a good idea to take shower tray drainage below the concrete floor?? Plumber is raising the height of shower tray 18-20 cm and saying it will be easy to fix later on rather than digging concrete floor and make the shower tray much lower?
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PigletJohn · 27/02/2024 10:26

Plumbing that is built into a wall causes great sadness when the wall has to be smashed open to repair or replace it.

You can run chrome pipes on the surface to an exposed shower mixer.

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PigletJohn · 27/02/2024 10:27

Shower tray as well. If it is sunk into the floor it will be a terrible job.

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Malbab · 27/02/2024 10:51

Don’t conceal any plumbing ; difficult to repair, and break all tiles to get in

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skuml · 27/02/2024 20:27

PigletJohn · 27/02/2024 10:27

Shower tray as well. If it is sunk into the floor it will be a terrible job.

Plumber is raising the shower floor - but the total height with frame and shower tray is coming 23 cm (without tiles, tiles will be 1.5 cm) !! I feel its too high! And pushing him to lower down somehow!

He is saying he cant lower the drain pipe and total height of shower is governed by that!

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skuml · 27/02/2024 21:06

@pigletjohn What is the rule of slope/gradient of bathtub drainage pipe?? I was reading online max 1 in 40 cm and minimum 1 in 110 cm ? Is that right??

PLumber is taking 2.5 cm for 100 cm pipe! If he can reduce it to 1 cm then our bathtub height will be perfect 55 cm!

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PigletJohn · 27/02/2024 23:40

25mm per metre is about right. 20mm would do.

One inch per yard is also OK. Three-quarters would do.

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