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.
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
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
Here's my experience of Screwfix towel rails (pasted from an earlier
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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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?
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
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
(Wouldn't have thought of looking for plumbing on this site.)
Yep, they say "100% Brush polish stainless steel will not rust, flake or
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.
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.
*Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW 12
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