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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Tips to Installing a Shower

The first point to bear in mind is that a shower is made of several parts – the hot water supply system, the cubicle that you stand in, the door, the tray that collects the used water and sends it down the drain, the shower head that emits the water and directs if over your body, and such items as the shower rail, curtains and hooks.

First, let’s look at the hot water supply system of which there are three main types – electric showers, mixer showers, and power showers. Each type functions differently and has its own requirements for installation.

An electric shower is the simplest and most popular. It consists of a heater unit which draws cold water from your main supply, heats it up and passes it out through the shower head. Installing an electric shower is a simple procedure, you just need to install the shower unit in your bathroom, hook it up to your water supply and install the electrical wiring.

However, first you have to determine if your site fulfills all the requirements as regards the water and electricity supply. First, there’s the matter of water pressure. Electric showers require a minimum running pressure requirement of one bar and static pressure requirement of ten bars. They also need a flowing rate of water of eight litres per minute and to connect to the main water supply, a pipe diameter of 15mm width is required. You can select power ratings from 7-5 KW to 10.0 KW. The higher the rating, the higher the flow.

Mixer showers work by mixing existing hot and cold water in a special valve before it gets to the shower head. You can get these types for both high and low pressure water supplies, and they can be either surface or flush mounted. In the former, the piping is installed on top of your existing surface and in the latter, you can see the valve but the pipework is hidden.

With mixer showers, both hot and cold water should come from a supply of the same pressure. If this is not the case, then a pressure balanced mixer valve can be put in to achieve the desired state.

One downside to using mixer showers is that they draw water from the same pipes as other household appliances. This means that should you flush the toilet or turn on a tap, the flow of water to the shower will be affected. This is more likely if you have a low pressure water supply.

One danger resulting from this is that if cold water is drawn off elsewhere, the water flowing out of the shower could get excessively hot. There are two ways to solve this problem. The first is to create an independent water supply for your mixer shower, and the second is to use thermostatic mixer showers. These contain a pre-set thermostat that can sense a major change in temperature and work to correct it.

Power showers are mixer showers with built in pumps to boost the flow from the shower head. These are only suitable for low pressure, tank-fed shower systems. Some restrictions apply. For one thing you need a dedicated hot and cold supply. Also, the cold water tank should be at least 50 gallons if it supplies many outlets. If used only for the shower, then 25 gallon tank is possible.

Having decided on your type of shower, you now have to consider the rules and regulations governing the installation of bathroom fixtures, plumbing and electrical devices. These change from time to time so in order to choose your system and carry out your shower installation, you’ll need to hire a qualified tradesman who’s up to date with these matters.

Once you’ve decided on your shower system, you can choose the other items such as shower head, cubicle, door and tray to suit the size and ambience of your bathroom.

Following a shower installation, you’ll be able to have a fast and hygienic hot wash whenever you want and at the lowest costs. To find the best deals in showers, visit the web sites of online vendors to find the type and style to fit your bathroom. Then get ready for a comforting and relaxing hot shower anytime.


Steps to Replace Shower Drain

Required Items

– ABS cement
– Plumber’s putty
– Basket wrench
– Utility knife
– Slip coupling
– PVC pipe
– Shower drain
– Philips screwdriver
– Handsaw


1. Before begin, block the water supply line, which supply water to the shower.

2. Locate the drain pipes. You might have to tear off the flooring to uncover the pipes and to have better access to them. If you have access from below, you can work from below the bathroom. It depends on the position of the pipes.

3. Take a hacksaw and cut the part of the drain pipe that is leak or damage. In addition to this, you need to cut along the pipe further to remove this entire part of the pipe.

4. Take the drain away by cutting the silicone putty holding the drain with utility knife. Now open the drain cover by unfastening the screws with the help of Philips screwdriver. After removing the cover, take a basket wrench and take the drain away by turning the wrench anti-clockwise.

5. Insert the new drain into the specific place. Secure the new drain with plumber’s putty.

6. Using the ABS cement, attach the PVC pipe to the new drain. ABS cement is a substance used to give the waterproof connection to the pipe and drain. You can inspect the pipe as well for any possible leaks. Replace the pipe if you notice any leakage in the pipe. If no leak spotted, then use the same pipe.

7. Connect the end of the existing pipe with the end of the new installed pipe. To connect the old and the new pipes you need to have a slip coupling of exactly the same size of pipes.

8. To secure the coupling, add glue on its both sides and put pipes into it.

9. Allow the putty to dry for many hours. Till then don’t use the shower.

Tips and Precautions

– The best time to replace the drain is night time. Install the new drain and it will be ready for use till morning.
– In case you are having problem in replacing the drain, contact a plumber to do a repair work for you.


Ways to Pick The Right Table Lamps

Lamp Size

First and foremost is the size. You need to settle on the right size of the lamp and the place you want to lay them. If you are placing it in your bedroom, a medium sized table lamp is perfect. Oversized lamp poses danger of falling from the small table beside your bed. And for the use of study room table or outdoor table; and if it is a small table; a candlestick lamp can be the apposite choice. If you want to place it in the far end of your living room, it is fine to get a bulky ginger jar type lamp.

Lamp Style

The style of the lamp is very, very important. If you select a lamp style which does not match up with the interior style, it is going to ruin your entire interior decoration theme. For instance, if you have furnished your home in Victorian style, it is appropriate to use exquisite and ornamental lamps like crystal, shiny brass table lamps instead of going for modern trendy table lamps. A modern swing-arm lamp will be perfect choice for the high-tech interior decoration style. Likewise, there are many different styles of lamps which back up your classic, traditional, or modern interior decorating style.

Lamp Material

For a traditional interior design, concord lamps featuring all resin construction with a heavy weighted base will be a perfect choice. The bronze and honey shades are going to give a natural and flawless look. These lamps can be used both in outdoors and indoors. If you wish to give a trendy look to your bedroom, a rectangular lamp with black texture and a metal base finish would be appropriate. And for a Victorian styled bedroom, antique bronze finish lamps can be the best suitable accessory. If you are going for an outdoor table lamp, Java table lamp with heavy weighted bases and a two level dimming switch can be a great choice. This lamp helps to enhance your outdoor living area. They have unbreakable opal poly carbonate waterproof light bulb enclosure which allows the use of a standard 100 watt light bulb. You get them in antique honey wicker shade and bronze shades.


Uses of Solar Power for Homes

Solar energy can be used at homes for serving various purposes. They are primarily used for running small, low-power appliances like radios, lightings, gadgets, small water pumps, and even children’s toys. Solar power can also be stored in batteries and used for lighting the house during an episode of power failure. And of course, solar power is increasingly being used for heating homes during winter.

How Home Solar Power Systems Work?

To use solar power for homes, photovoltaic (PV) panels are attached to the roof of a house such that their expanded surfaces face south for houses located in the northern hemisphere. For those in the southern hemisphere, the panels should face north to gather maximum solar energy.

The average power production of a solar cell is about 11 to 22 watt per square foot. The solar energy, when received by the panels, generates electric current in them. This current is stored in a large battery bank that is connected to the PV array through a charger controller. The DC current stored in the battery is converted to AC current (used in homes) by a DC-AC inverter for running home various appliances.

Odds against Using Solar Power for Homes

The major disadvantage that hampers the use of solar power for homes is their high cost of purchase and installation. Depending on the size of the home and the particular solar power system, it costs an average of $20,000 to $40,000 for installing a solar power system at home.

The high costs of setting up solar panels at home are due to the requirement of using pure silicon in their manufacture. Recently, however, solar-grade silicon has been derived from metallurgical silicon.

This innovation is expected to reduce the costs of installing solar power systems at home to about one-third of the current costs. Besides high costs, solar panels are not very useful in areas of little sunshine and also on cloudy days as well as after sunset.