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Plumbing question       started by kayandandy on 29 Apr 2010   (22768)
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From kayandandy

29 Apr 2010 11:03 PM
(108253)
We are building a house here and are bringing in double glazed windows from overseas. I will also be filling a container with furniture. However I have been advised that taps, sinks shower heads etc from UK will all be fine here. Are there any UK plumbers that can verify or negate this for me! I mean if Hanse Grohe do taps here, in Germany and UK what is different? also would welcome any other ideas I could stuff my container with! Kay
From tisme

To kayandandy

29 Apr 2010 11:11 PM
(108254)
Can't help with the plumbing, but stuff your container with light fittings, very expensive here for quality fittings.
From kayandandy

To tisme

29 Apr 2010 11:17 PM
(108255)
yeah that is on my list ... I have found a german company I want to use as well as getting some decent LED lighting stuff.
From jimboman

To kayandandy

29 Apr 2010 11:58 PM
(108256)
Where I work, they have just had all the washrooms re-fitted. The company supplied all the taps, basins etc. and the contract plumbers fitted them. A tap is a tap. If you can get a plumber to fit what you are supplying, then your taps will be 'legal'. I would just keep quiet about them being imported ('bought them in a garage sale' would be a good one to use).
From kayandandy

To jimboman

30 Apr 2010 12:12 AM
(108257)
I was waiting and hoping for a response from you Jimboman! So a tap is a tap is a tap. Does the same go for sinks and wall hung toilets!!!! So basically I need a good british plumber to do the business!
From jimboman

To kayandandy

30 Apr 2010 6:19 AM
(108260)
Toilets may be a different thing, due to flushing volumes. Having said that, UK fittings are pretty water conservative by any standard. I am not a licensed plumber here, so I can't say for sure. Wall hung toilets are a good idea, but make sure you have a good strong wall to hang them onto.
From tisme

To kayandandy

30 Apr 2010 4:44 PM
(108265)
I have fitted a vanity basin and new taps, it's easy. The fittings for the taps are a bendable metal type nylex hose, screwed onto a threaded pipe coming out of the wall then onto the tap, the only difference you may find is the size of the thread on the tap for the hose, but you will be able to get fittings to make it fit from Bunnings or any plumbing shop. There is no welding needed. The waste pipe from the basin is pvc pipe, so all thats needed there is some pvc cement and maybe a pvc fitting to make it fit the outlet. I think you will be fine bringing in taps etc from overseas, Bunnings stock imperial and metric fittings.
From jimboman

To tisme

30 Apr 2010 6:52 PM
(108266)
I'll second that. Polypipe and pushfit fittings are dead easy to use. You can get polypipe in standard 15mm and adaptors to fit to copper pipe so no soldering is required. I would keep visible pipe runs in copper because it looks better, but most modern homes do not have visible plumbing anyway. For a wall hung toilet bowl, make sure you have a decent wall to fit it to. It needs to be solid brick or block really. Remember that the fixings need to be able to support the weight of not just the bowl, but the person sitting on it as well.
From tisme

To jimboman

01 May 2010 11:03 AM
(108279)
The only problem would be, are the spare parts readily available for the the taps, ie washers, o rings etc, and for the toilet cisterns, seals etc, should a problem arise.
From jimboman

To tisme

01 May 2010 12:59 PM
(108280)
Most tap makers will send spares in the post. Franke will replace ceramic disc valves FOC (as they give a lifelong warranty). The most important thing is to make sure you know who made the things in the first place. A lot of taps bear no makers name.
From kayandandy

To jimboman

01 May 2010 7:48 PM
(108282)
Hi Jimboman and Tisme Thank you so much for your advice. I am kind of a bit nervous about doing toilets now ... although it makes me spew when I see how much cheaper wall hung ones are in UK. I will bring over ceramic sinks and branded taps ... if they are cheaper than equiv in Oz! Will also bring over all light fittings and wood floors. (oak) I would love to bring over wooden doors as they are so hideously expensive here (internal) but from what I gather the door sizes are different. Finally I will make sure I bring over plenty of beautiful fabrics and BLACKOUT lining as the cost of this stuff here is hideous!!!!
From tisme

To kayandandy

01 May 2010 8:23 PM
(108283)
Standard door sizes in Oz are 520cm, 620, 720, 820. Quality carpet here is also expensive.
From kayandandy

To tisme

01 May 2010 9:21 PM
(108284)
The doors in UK are shorter!
From tisme

To kayandandy

02 May 2010 12:16 AM
(108285)
people in Oz must be taller then, hahaha