OK folks - I'm doing up my bathroom and need a new 'victorian looking'
bath. I've plumbed for acrylic (no pun intended!) for the following
Steel feels cold on the bum
Cast iron would be a nightmare to get up my narrow stairs.
So the questions are ...
€ how do you ascertain the quality of an acrylic bath? Construction
€ where's the best place to buy?
€ what's the ball park cost for an OK-ish bath?
Thanks in advance,
You try washing a six month old to 2 yr old baby in a shower. You'll not be
popular and the baby won't be clean and there would be a good risk of
dropping it. A baby bath is no use for after six months old as you can't
lift the damn thing with water in it. Needs to be in the bath to empty it.
Must run - said baby has the flu.
Not really, I like a bath *occasionally*, so does the rest of the family!
For the rest of the time, it acts as the shower tray.
Returning to the original question, you want an 8mm (rather than the cheaper
6mm) bath with plenty of reinforcement. Mine came from (and the choice of
8mm is described in):
(ordered from an independent bathroom company)
and I have been very happy with it. The 8mm is shaved down to 6mm at the
plug and overflow so standard fittings will go on. It doesn't flex
noticeably and has kept its shine
On Mon, 27 Oct 2003 10:05:57 +0000, The Natural Philosopher wrote
This is so true :)
I did my bathroom completely some months ago and didn't fit a shower. I never
use them. For me the bath is a very important thing and I find it wonderful
in the evening to sit in the bath and listen to the radio. Wonderful for
reading as well.
I think the bath is a very good thing for mind & body though I have no
science to back it up but if some day it is discovered that people who have a
bath and use it frequently live longer happier lives I would not be
A good quality (heavy) one takes ages to heat. So when you get in the bath
is a bit cold on your bum. Then the bath heats up, great nice and cosy.
But then it's cooled the water! So lash more hot water in. Assuming there
is some... Vigourous paddling of water up one side and down the other to
prevent scald and redistribute heat evenly. Repeat ad nauseum.
Takes me back to childhood that. We had a massive steel enamel bath. so big
it was a mini aqua park for me. The hot tap dripped too and the water was
always hot from the Rayburn Royal range, so you used to get small mini burns
on your toes. One good thing about the steel bath - it acted as a giant
radiator in the bathroom, good because there wasn't a real one.
I think modern baths are very different, with thinner higher strength steel.
They seem to heat through instantaneously and are very solid.
Also, perhaps the plastic lovers are all wee waifs. When I get into a
plastic bath, I'm usually pretty scared that it will split. They seem to
give way quite alarmingly.
| A good quality (heavy) one takes ages to heat. So when you get in
| the bath is a bit cold on your bum. Then the bath heats up, great
| nice and cosy. But then it's cooled the water! So lash more hot
| water in.
If one can bear the slovenliness, the answer is to omit to wash out the bath
after use, and wash it out before use the next time. The washing-out water
will then preheat the bath.
Well I've installed both for other people and just about to fit two
completely new suites in my own house.
They will be thick Acrylic.
Steel is hardier but cold and a pain to fit. Bottom line (excuse the pun)
is that most people now prefer plastic over steel. Steel is cheaper though,
but defintely colder.
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