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    Can I please get some advice on how to best cure my shower problems as cheaply as I can.
    We never used to have any trouble with our old central heating system consisting of a water tank in the loft as well as a hot water tank in the airing cupboard and back boiler. After a house fire it was all ripped out and a new greenstar 30si fed straight from the mains water was fitted. We only have a 3 bed semi with one bathroom and a total of 7 radiators and we have triton rapide 4+ electric shower.
    Our water pressure is very poor and barely powers the shower and if anyone so much as has a tap dripping downstairs in the kitchen or the washing machine is on the the shower cuts straight out and goes stone cold, in fact at times it will refuse to work properly even with nothing else on in the house.
    What can I do to remedy this, can I fit a pump on the line supplying the shower.
    Any advice much appreciated as it is so annoying.

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    Implies blockage or something not fully open?
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    Check your internal and external stop taps

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    The internal stop tap in the kitchen cupboard is definitely fully open. As for the external one, do you mean the one out the front of the house under the pavement.

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    Both taps fully open. I did actually have a bloke from the water board out a couple of years ago to complain and when he tested it, it was apparently just above the bare minimum that they agree to supply so he wouldn't turn up the pressure although he did say he would check a few more houses in the street to see if he could find one under pressure so that he had an excuse to turn it up but I don't think it ever was increased.

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    That might be your starting point again then mate. What're other taps like??
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    To be honest everything is pretty pathetic.
    Worse case scenario and that I get no joy from the water board, is there a way of installing a pump on the shower inlet as I am used to the tap pressure being rubbish but the shower is just a constant irritant

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    What type of pipe comes on from the street? Blue or black plastic or lead

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    Salamander homeboost is needed

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    It is a black plastic pipe coming into the house

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subby View Post
    Salamander homeboost is needed
    Looks great and would no doubt be easy to fit onto the combi main inlet BUT is there no cheaper alternative lol as that looks quite an outlay for just after Xmas.

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