Has anyone fitted one? I'm looking at the ones from Whirlpool Express, but
I'm just trying to find out a bit more about them.
It will be fitted to a new bath before install, so I'm hoping that will
make it easier.
On Mon, 29 Sep 2003 23:58:20 GMT, Danny Monaghan wrote:
Far be it from me to discourage you, but have you actually tried a spa
bath? Might be worth a couple of days in a hotel where they have one, to
see if it's really what you want in a bath!
I have a spa with both water jets and air jets. I never use the air
jets, I just don't like them!
I wasn't going to consider the air jet options because they need mounting
in the base of the bath and are more expensive than I'm willing to pay. I
was looking at the 10 microjet option, which has venturi's on them, so you
can have air in the water jets.
I know someone who had an air based system installed. This was a
permanent install with lots of little chrome air outlets installed along
the base of the bath. It has variable air speed, and also the
capability to mix a small amount of fresh hot water into the air supply
so that you can match the air temperature to the bath water.
The comments made by the installer at the time were:
It works best in a deep solid bath - preferably and old cast iron one.
If you like long baths, then having instantaneous hot water heating is
good so that it can supply the ongoing trickle of hot water to keep the
air heated nicely.
Having tried it, the first thing that strikes you is just how powerful
the sensation is! You can vary the air feed from a gentle "tickle" right
thorough to a very percussive mauling!. Quite good if you want the
effect of a massage - although I can understand it may not be to
Word of warning however: you may find the need to strategically wrap a
flannel so as to protect the more delicate parts of your anatomy! (this
seems to be a problem that only us gents complain of though)
This system was fitted to the bath in situ. The holes for each jet are
drilled and countersunk from the top, and the jet then crimped in place
with some silicone sealant for good measure. The jets are then all piped
back to a air manifold and compressor that sits under the bath. Took a
couple of hours to install it all including the electrics and (small
amount) of plumbing required. All in all a neat enough looking job when
done if you can face the prospect of someone taking a black & decker to
your nice Victorian cast iron bath, and you don't mind shelling out for
the (rather pricey) system in the first place.
I put one in myself a few years ago. The only reason I was sad to
leave that house was this bath!
Mine was a fully converted new unit of fibreglass, but thicker than a
normal "deluxe" bath. Was Ok, but I think your point is valid. The
vibration can cause thinner baths to crack as well as be noisier.
Yes, but worth the extra cost? Quick flick with my foot and I've got
hot water trickling in from the main tank.
One "Gotcha" that caught me is that the unit I had which heated the
water electrically to keep it the same temperature required 2 bar of
pressure to work, which is about 20-25' of head. With an upstairs bath
with a standard CW tank in the loft, it wasn't ever going to work
without a shower pump. Worth checking this one, wish I had.
*Very* good for end-of-day back pain and general muscle fatigue.
Simon Avery, Dartmoor, UK
uk.d-i-y FAQ: http://www.diyfaq.org.uk /
The difference I noticed with the air heating water turned off is the
incoming air feels cold where it is pumping out aginst your skin (more
so with higher pump speeds). Having the air running does not seem to
make the bath temperature fall noticbly faster though, so I don't think
leaving the tap running solves the right problem (i.e. the cold
sensation of the air compared to the surrounding water temperature).
With the one I tried cost was not a factor as such, since the particular
system installed did not have any "options" - it included the air
heating as standard.
> *Very* good for end-of-day back pain and general muscle fatigue.
That is what it's owner tells me! For that matter - anytime you need a
good relax it's probably rather nice.
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