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Thermostatic Shower £34.95 delivered at Toolstation
Thermostatic Shower £34.95 delivered at Toolstation

Thermostatic Shower £34.95 delivered at Toolstation

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Unbeleivable deal on a thermostatic shower valve with free delivery.
Not only that but it comes with the rail, hose and head also.

Costs a third of the replacement thermostat needed for my one.

Chrome thermostatic bar mixer shower. Separate flow and temperature controls. Maximum temperature stops to prevent scalding. 5-mode handset. Height adjustable riser rail. Hose clip.

Mixer is compatible with Gravity fed, Pumped Gravity, Unvented, Mains pressure (thermal store) and Combi boiler systems.

48 Comments

I've got one of these and they are very solidly built, great price!

a whatty what?????? a thermostatic something??

what is this? lol

Good price but these are my least favourite to fit.
Personally I wouldn't have one. I'm a bathroom fitter :?

Excellent price. Very tempted.

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huggychair;7720556

I've got one of these and they are very solidly built, great price!



Is the unit itself made from metal?

Swanny MX;7720591

Good price but these are my least favourite to fit.Personally I wouldn't … Good price but these are my least favourite to fit.Personally I wouldn't have one. I'm a bathroom fitter :?



Why ?

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Swanny MX;7720591

Good price but these are my least favourite to fit.Personally I wouldn't … Good price but these are my least favourite to fit.Personally I wouldn't have one. I'm a bathroom fitter :?



How are they hard to fit? I'm retro fitting where another brand was on 150mm centres.

SunTzu;7720566

a whatty what?????? a thermostatic something??what is this? lol



Thermostatic means that it has a regulating valve that slows down the hot water supply if someone turns on a cold tap elsewhere in the house preventing you from getting a scalding hot shower when the pressure drops.

Toolstation rocks, far better prices than the losers at screwfix.

mixer, riser and head. very nice price

Golaboots888;7720599

Is the unit itself made from metal?



The one I have is made from chrome plated brass, and looks exactly the same as this though I didn't buy it from Toolstation

Golaboots888;7720610

How are they hard to fit? I'm retro fitting where another brand was on … How are they hard to fit? I'm retro fitting where another brand was on 150mm centres.



If you have plasterboard walls then you need to make a back board up and fix that to your studwork inside the wall so that you have something to fix the pipework and brackets to. Even when fitted securely it is still possible to knock it out of line and cause a leak.

You can't retro fit it to 150 mm tails coming out of the wall. This has a male thread that needs to be fitted into a female tap connector type fitting. Like a back plate elbow. So if your walls are solid then you will need to dig deep into the wall to allow room for the fittings.

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Swanny MX;7720704

If you have plasterboard walls then you need to make a back board up and … If you have plasterboard walls then you need to make a back board up and fix that to your studwork inside the wall so that you have something to fix the pipework and brackets to. Even when fitted securely it is still possible to knock it out of line and cause a leak.You can't retro fit it to 150 mm tails coming out of the wall. This has a male thread that needs to be fitted into a female tap connector type fitting. Like a back plate elbow. So if your walls are solid then you will need to dig deep into the wall to allow room for the fittings.



I'm confused now. The old one has some funny angled connectors that fit into right angle compression joints in the wall on pipes that run up (chased into the plaster)

I'd presumed that all brands would fit with this. I'll see how it looks when it arrives :?

it's hard to explain but they are also a ****** to get level as the threaded fitting that connects the valve to the pipework is offset and it's so easy to move it out of line while tightening up your joints. If it moves when you tighten then you need to remove it and reapply PTFE tape etc.

Good luck hope this helps.

Be careful with cheap taps. They are usually false economy, as they bardly last more than a year before they start leaking. Good thermostatic cartridges are expensive, so I wouldnt trust this one.

You are better off getting a bristan or grohe tap from ebay for a little more, much better in the long run.

Golaboots888;7720764

I'm confused now. The old one has some funny angled connectors that fit … I'm confused now. The old one has some funny angled connectors that fit into right angle compression joints in the wall on pipes that run up (chased into the plaster)I'd presumed that all brands would fit with this. I'll see how it looks when it arrives :?



If you have female threads in the wall then you will be ok.
150mm centers are ok as the fitting from the valve to the wall are sort of doglegged so you do have some adjustment.

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Swanny MX;7720775

it's hard to explain but they are also a ****** to get level as the … it's hard to explain but they are also a ****** to get level as the threaded fitting that connects the valve to the pipework is offset and it's so easy to move it out of line while tightening up your joints. If it moves when you tighten then you need to remove it and reapply PTFE tape etc.Good luck hope this helps.



I'll see how I get on. The expensive Bristan one that came with the house has been nothing but trouble.

I agree on not buying cheap. Mine is a bath mixer thermostatic as its so much easier to fit diy but its dripping now and wont stop. I have had it apart and cleaned it but still the same. It was a no name one from screwfix at about 60 quid 5 years ago and the dont sell them now so no way of getting a new cartridge for it.

Decent ones are not cheap either.

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waj1234;7721581

I agree on not buying cheap. Mine is a bath mixer thermostatic as its so … I agree on not buying cheap. Mine is a bath mixer thermostatic as its so much easier to fit diy but its dripping now and wont stop. I have had it apart and cleaned it but still the same. It was a no name one from screwfix at about 60 quid 5 years ago and the dont sell them now so no way of getting a new cartridge for it.Decent ones are not cheap either.



I can live with £10 a year!

Golaboots888;7721679

I can live with £10 a year!



I suppose it aint too bad and it still works fine, just drips lol. But bath/shower mixers are an easy fit but these type are a pain in the ass and much more messing to change it when it fails etc. I would have bought one if it was bath mounted instead of flush wall fitted.

Nice price

Great deal.
I fitted a similar type. However the upright holding the shower head was plastic but coated to look like chrome. It is now broken but I can easily find a replacement.
Not quite the deal I got. I couldn't find them in the shop as they were in a press ad. Asked an assistant for help who eventually found them. I couldn't understand why the box was so big, they had to rest it across the top of the trolley.
Once home I found they had sold me a box of ten but charged for one about £80 if I remember correctly.
Mine was easy to fit and the thermostatic bit is a godsend. It doesn't change temperature whatever taps are turned on in the house.

liamf12;7722201

Great deal.I fitted a similar type. However the upright holding the … Great deal.I fitted a similar type. However the upright holding the shower head was plastic but coated to look like chrome. It is now broken but I can easily find a replacement.Not quite the deal I got. I couldn't find them in the shop as they were in a press ad. Asked an assistant for help who eventually found them. I couldn't understand why the box was so big, they had to rest it across the top of the trolley.Once home I found they had sold me a box of ten but charged for one about £80 if I remember correctly.Mine was easy to fit and the thermostatic bit is a godsend. It doesn't change temperature whatever taps are turned on in the house.



:thumbsup: that was a hot deal! I presuming you didnt return the other 9??!! lol

Anyone know if plastic plumbing is ok for these and flexible tap connectors rather than copper?

I fitted something similar with plastic pipes fine.

Fair enough that the bathroom fitter hates these, doesn't make it a poor deal for the rest of us though.

AS this is only £8 off t's not hot from me tho.

manbearpig;7720800

Be careful with cheap taps. They are usually false economy, as they … Be careful with cheap taps. They are usually false economy, as they bardly last more than a year before they start leaking. Good thermostatic cartridges are expensive, so I wouldnt trust this one.You are better off getting a bristan or grohe tap from ebay for a little more, much better in the long run.



A Bristan is certainly not a quality tap!

I have Bristan taps in the bathroom and I am constantly replacing the washers but the taps still drip.
I would not purchase them again. They are very poorly manufactured and are obviously badged Chinese product built to a price, not a specification.

I have a blockwork wall at the head of the bath (going into the airing cupboard) so these would fit nicely. :thumbsup:

Foxy102;7722487

I have a blockwork wall at the head of the bath (going into the airing … I have a blockwork wall at the head of the bath (going into the airing cupboard) so these would fit nicely. :thumbsup:



Sounds nice and easy, just like my last house. Mine however is not so easy as its an outside wall and it is solid poured concrete construction so its just chisel out until it fits. I may be better sticking to a bath mounted mixer.

Good price though:thumbsup:

waj1234;7722530

Sounds nice and easy, just like my last house. Mine however is not so … Sounds nice and easy, just like my last house. Mine however is not so easy as its an outside wall and it is solid poured concrete construction so its just chisel out until it fits. I may be better sticking to a bath mounted mixer.Good price though:thumbsup:



What about the opposite wall?

Good price!

Foxy102;7722610

What about the opposite wall?



Well it will be on the current bath and even so one other wall is also exterior and the other two are staircase an bedroom so a no go unfortunately. I will have to do it in the wall eventually when I change the bath to a shower cubicle.

Swanny MX;7720775

If it moves when you tighten then you need to remove it and reapply PTFE … If it moves when you tighten then you need to remove it and reapply PTFE tape etc.



Have you tried liquid PTFE? Much less hassle than the tape apparently.

Brill find, thanks Op. H&R added

waj1234;7722278

Anyone know if plastic plumbing is ok for these and flexible tap … Anyone know if plastic plumbing is ok for these and flexible tap connectors rather than copper?



You'll need a mounting bracket toolstation sell them but they are around £20.

I use toolstation all the time but they are a bit hit and miss on the product quality, e.g. I got a set square which was not square they send another one and the same again ended up with a refund.

Oh and i am not sure if these are the ones with the bass body with a chrome effect plastic shell.

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davej1710;7722628

Good price!



Not as good as your avatar!

TomF;7722778

You'll need a mounting bracket toolstation sell them but they are around … You'll need a mounting bracket toolstation sell them but they are around £20.



Like this you mean ...

toolstation.com/sho…249

Or this if you want exposed pipes ...

screwfix.com/pro…Kit

Rob

welshblob;7722904

http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Taps+Showers/Shower+Valves/Shower+Wall+Plate/d240/sd3000/p27249


If you can channel the wall and have enough space behind the tile face to get the elbow + bracket connectors. Your tiles adhesive should take up the difference between the wall and the bracket thickness.


welshblob;7722904

http://www.screwfix.com/prods/51167/Bathrooms-Showers/Showers-Enclosures/Shower-Accessories/Shower-Fittings/Grohe-Exposed-Installation-Kit#


If you have a fake wall behind the tile face so it would be for example brick wall with pipes and bracket, stud walling with aqua board, tiles.

These type of showers are not that hard to fit, the last one I fitted was channeled out of brick for pipes these where then made secure. Dot and dab plaster board then tiled, these showers have off center fitments so you can level them and your centers don't have to be perfect.
Make sure you use plenty of ptfe and silicone up the holes. Even if you break earthing continuity but hay ho....

Heat and rep.

Just a reminder, if you've not used a thermostatic shower before... that the button sticking out from the right hand dial is a child saftey feature and you need to press it in to get temperatures over about 40 degrees C. It did leave a few of our guests slightly baffled at first! The temperature markings (dark(er) silver on silver on this) are a little hard to make out too, but it looks good, works great & you'll get used to it! :-D

I'm no plumber but I have used cheap thermostatic mixers that look like this one, while I had a Mira Excel shower fitted when I had my bathroom re-done a few years ago. It's hard to compare with different boilers etc. but the Mira has never put a foot wrong - it gives perfectly stable temperature, good pressure - it basically just works. WIth the cheaper ones I find myself constantly fiddling with the temperature dial to get the right temperature.
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