Screwfix Chrome Towel Raditors

Has anyone bought a Chrome heated towel radiator from Screwfix? They appear to be good value but I'd like to know what the mounting brackets look like? They, perhaps suspiciously, don't show them in their pictures but these for me) can ruin the appearance.
Most seem to have a good looking cylindrical tube or bar type brackets, the ends of which poke through and clamp pairs of the horizontal radiator bars. However, I have seen some that use horrid pressed sheet metal affairs behind the horizontal bars, but are visible, which completely ruin the look IMO.
Bert
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Cylindrical chromed plastic types - the one I installed a while back, anyway
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Yeah I bought one of the curved chrome ones recently and its still the cylindrical chrome plastic ones - looks pretty smart when installed.
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The one I installed in September also had chrome plastic types. Much better than the nasty bent metal one's that you see on the cheapos at the sheds. Been very pleased with the rail.
Not happy with Screwfix's lockshield and TRV! The TRV leaked and the lockshield doesn't fully lock - which mad changing the TRV even more joyous! Marc
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Bert,
Here's my experience of Screwfix towel rails (pasted from an earlier thread).
I ended up buying one the same size from Focus (same group but a different product - and cheaper). I retained the mountings from the Screwfix rail as they are better looking than the Focus ones and could be made to fit the Focus rail by turning one part through 90 deg. and I could use 2 of the 4 holes I'd already drilled.
Of course, Screwfix didn't ask me for the mountings back.
Anyway, here goes.
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Folks,
I've just received my 3rd towel radiator (cat #16899) from Screwfix.
The first one had rusty marks in the chrome on the top just where the plug screws in, so that had to go back.
A replacement duly arrived which looked fine. I installed that, and connected up the water. That was when I discovered it leaked at the joint between one of the horizontal bars and the left-hand upright.
So I complained about that one too. A repacement has just arrived and now I'm sending that one back as well. It's obviously been out and rejected before being sent on to me. There are scratches all over it and some of the chrome's chipped. It's been installed once before as you can see marks left by rust-stained water. I just can't believe they've sent me a second-hand (and probably defective) radiator. It reminds me of Dixons.
This time I'm getting one somwhere else. I'm impressed with Screwfix's efficiency but I think that some of their stuff is of very dubious quality. This radiator isn't the first duffer I've had from them.
Has anyone else found the same with this towel-rail is it just me?
TC
BTW, just had a compact fluoro lamp of theirs go after about 6 months!
On Tue, 6 Jan 2004 23:01:39 +0000 (UTC), Bert

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Hmm, so some people are perfectly happy with this but you don't seem to have had much luck.
Still on the fence then :-)
Regards, Rob.
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TC <> wrote

Mine had a few rust spots around the screw holes under the protective caps, but these were on the bottom, not the top and polished off easily enough.
I'm happy with it.
Cheers,
Paul.
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Bert wrote:

Here's another for consideration, although a tad more expensive. The mounting points are on the uprights and look like they are an integral part of the construction. They seem superior as they are brush polished stainless rather than (potentially flaky) chrome & certainly won't obstruct towels.
http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Index/Water_Heating_Index/Towel_Plumbed/index.html (Wouldn't have thought of looking for plumbing on this site.)
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Aren't these stainless steel, not chrome?
Cheers, Rob.
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Rob Nicholson wrote:

Yep, they say "100% Brush polish stainless steel will not rust, flake or corrode" And I'm assuming they don't come from Poland. The look quite shiny in the pictures, and having seen some cheap chrome stuff after a few years, I think the stainless steel may work out better in the long run. The chrome rail I have is always covered in fingerprints and marks anyway.
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Wonder if they're the same as B&Q sell? I fitted one of these for a pal last weekend, and although the brackets look ok, they were a PITA to fit. The machine screws that clamp them together don't have a thread all the way down the housing, so you have to just force it in - hard work if you haven't anything to hold it with while not marking the surface - and I didn't as I wasn't at home. Then two of the four didn't clamp the rail properly. If it is this type, I'd advise running a tap down the housing first to cut a thread.

I thought the bare plug and vent on the top of the rail looked tatty too - not a problem if it's tall enough not to see them, though.
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