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Any of you lads know anything about showers & inparticular shower pumps ???

I've got a problem with a new shower that i've had fitted. Basically it looks like it's not suited to the system i've got. So i either need to change the shower again (which i dont really want to do), or i need to fit a pump to get more pressure to it.

I need about 2.5bar. So far i've been quoted £300 for a pump, and £200 installation. Sounds completely OTT to me though.

Anyone know a good place to source these ???
 

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Si, 2.5 bar is a powerful pump but will give you an awesome shower. I had a 1.5 bar pump fitted at my last house and it was fabulous. Money sounds reasonable to me, although the fitting may be a bit dear as they aren't too complex. Have a call with City Plumbing (branches all over South Wales). If you can get a plumber to order it for you you will get a much better trade discount, even if you pay the suppliers yourself. Shouldn't this have been sorted when you had the shower fitted? (sorry to state the bleedin' obvious!) Assuming the shower uses the hot water from your tank i.e. is not an electric shower, then a pump was always likely as the gravity fed pressure is not great on most systems. Hope this helps!
Do get a pump though - so nice to have a power shower....
 

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The misses sorted this one :shock: she ordered a new shower when she got the shower re-tiled, and ever since we've had a dribble coming out of it. She was told when she bought it that it was suitable, but clearly it isnt. It was fitted by a Fireman on a hobble, so draw your own conclusions about that.

So, i'm left with a shower that isnt fit for purpose. I was advised that 1.5 bar is what's required, but i'm thinking, in for a penny in for a pound, 2.5 bar sounds better.

Fecking pain in the arse to be honest !! & turning into an expensive job - there was nothing wrong with the old shower, other than the misses wanted a nice shiny silver one, instead of the white plastic one :x

I have come to the conclusion that i'm bolloxed & will have to cough up, but if i can get the job done for nearer £300 than £500 i'll be a bit happier.
 

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check out screwfix.com they list pumps from £100 upto a pukka salamander at over £330 but as always you get what you pay for and i have known the cheapo ones to pack-up or leak after 2 years or less.
as tim says 2.5bar is more powerful than most pumps but if your shower mixer restricts the flow alot you may need it.
if you can find the original source of the mixer you have they often give a minimum bar figure youll need for the shower to run ok.
its also worth remembering that some of the cheaper pumps can make a little noise - not a prob during the day but can be if you use it late or early when others in the house are asleep, so think about placing it on some foam or fiberglass to deaden the hum of the motor.
theey,re usually best positioned under th hot water tank or behind the bath or shower panel, which is always a poxy place to work-this may b why you,ve been quoted £200 to fit it.
hope this helps .
 

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Still worth doing it though, Si. Makes for a much better shower experience. I guess lesson learned with the dodgy "plumber". Pay peanuts.....
 

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Still worth doing it though, Si. Makes for a much better shower experience. I guess lesson learned with the dodgy "plumber". Pay peanuts.....

The lesson learned is in letting the misses organise it.
 

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Plumbers............ in my experience (apart from a mate of mine that now sorts all my plumbing needs out cheap and very well) they are all over priced half jobs. If anyone reading this is a plumber and is actually good then I apologise. I suggest you ask friends locally for any good ones they know.
 

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If anyone reading this is a plumber and is actually good then I apologise.
If they are a plumber & reading this - they can come around my house & sort the job & redeem their professional name ;)
 
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