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  1. MJH

    MJH New Member

    We have had our bathroom refurbished recently in my absence.
    We were to have a shower with sliding door input as per image 1. The controls for the shower couldn't be placed at the opening end of the sliding door so the plumber placed them above the basin as you can see. So you have to walk from one end of the shower to the basin to alter water temperature, alternate from overhead shower to fixed shower, or to stop shower. Completely impractical. To overcome this problem and have a control both within and outwith the shower we were looking at a digital shower. We have the Mira digital shower in our other bathroom and it has this dual function. We could change the sliding door side but this still wouldn't give an option to have inside and outside access to switching the shower on and having some control from within.
    Also is anyone familiar with the type of towel rail I have posted an image of? The idea is that it is fitted on the top half of the wall so at least 2 towels can hang down to dry. Our bathroom fitter has informed us that due to pipework within the walls it had to go where it has been fitted.
    Very frustrated and disappointed - any advice most welcome.


  2. scott_d

    scott_d Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Sounds like a lack of communication.
    The fitter has had to make a decision on the day and now you dont like it
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  3. Jerry

    Jerry GSR

    Did you go away during the entire process?

    Did you wait until it was finished before discussing your concerns?

    Pretty sure it can be fixed but I hope you have spare tiles.
  4. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Ehhh why were the shower controls put there ?
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  5. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Completely agree I get sick of sounding like a broken record. Communication communication Communication it’s what makes jobs easier. You could’ve had anything where you wanted it but don’t expect it to have been done without additional cost. The controls outside the shower are laughable I see it many times where people don’t want to get soaked leaning into a shower to turn it on but not to be able to turn it on whilst brushing their teeth. I guarantee this is down to poor communication on both sides
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  6. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    I agree there cannot be a real reason why the controls are outside the cubicle...if there is a reason ...bring it on
  7. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    So right Riley, when we were main contractors we ALWAYS asked our customers to examine each days work carefully and if there was a problem to tell us the next morning at 8.00 am then the problem is easily rectified
  8. Jerry

    Jerry GSR


    Part timer!
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  9. Craig Watson

    Craig Watson Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Communication is key yes, but it sounds more the fitter didn't listen and couldn't be bothered to do as the customer asked. There is no reason why the shower control couldn't go at the opening end of the shower, and no reason why the towel warmer could be fitted higher. Looks more like a half arsed fitter to me. Did you have any form of designs with the installer? Was a price agreed in writing or just through talking? Have you paid him yet?
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    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019
  10. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber

    My colleagues are quite correct this an utter failure to communicate.

    Unf IMHO it is you who are culpable. Having been an expert witness a number of times, the judge would ask if you'd agreed details.
    To have agreed without understanding the detail means you've abdicated responsibility.
    However, laying it out like that (in a non std way) without reference to you seems to suggest you either gave them carte blanch, they were too frightened to ask or just daft.
    The 'job' looks very competent, so this just does NOT feel right.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019
  11. scott_d

    scott_d Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    How can you tell from 2 pictures are a short description?
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  12. Jerry

    Jerry GSR

    That's why YorkshireDave is an expert witness!;)
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  13. Craig Watson

    Craig Watson Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Radiator pipes are already in the wall, just chase them in higher. and what reason could there be for not putting the shower at the entrance other than the plumber couldn't be bothered?
  14. MJH

    MJH New Member

    Hi Thanks for your reply - as experienced bathroom fitter would you deem this as a fit for purpose proposition for a shower?
  15. bogrodder

    bogrodder Plumber GSR

    Or the customer agreed and now realises it was a stupid decision. I don’t believe for one minute that a plumber would put it there, because he couldn’t be bothered
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