aAsk a Tradesman
- Bathroom Fitting Questions
Our expert bathroom fitters have kindly agreed to share their wisdom on such topics as fitting, power showers, plumbing concerns, en suite bathrooms, bath chips, extra toilets, choosing the right bathroom furnishings, tiling and much more.
You can browse through our Bathroom Fitting questions or save a bit of time and see if a specific question has already been asked with our search facility.
- Need some tips or advice?
- Post a Question
397 Questions: Bathroom Fitting
We are in in the process of having our bathroom refit. The guy we have to do our bathroom refit has ordered a bath(plastic) that was 150mm too long, so it didn't fit between our bathroom walls.
He said he can cut the bath down, which he has done. It fits well now but there are no tap holes left, on the end with the plug. Is it possible to drill new tap holes at the other end? He is coming back on 27th to have another go, and I am not sure he really knows what he is doing.
Is this common pratice or am I being gullible here, any advice would be welcome?
Thank you all, for all your replies. We showed our original bathroom refit company your answers. And they didn't know what to say and just basically left. So we have a new bathroom refit company and a new bath now. We didn't think it was right but just wanted to make sure.
Thank you all again.
- Ysmithy_38 23rd Dec, 2011 Bathroom Fitting
- Ycraigneedshelp 2nd Mar, 2011 Bathroom Fitting
- Ylol8704 14th Apr, 2011 Bathroom Fitting
Should I refit the toilet before or after tiling the floor?
- Ytoilet_75 17th Feb, 2011 Bathroom Fitting
A plumber supplies a verbal estimate to fit a bathroom. Say £1950.00. Including labour and materials to install the bathroom assuming fitting of bath, sink, toilet and radiator.
The customer is a very competent person experienced in a wide range of building work. However, too busy to carry out the plumbing installation. As they are projecting the installation, measure all out doing the joinery work, tiling, painting etc. To get the job as required up to 50% of the installation assistance is supplied to the plumber without questioning, assistance just given and accepted. 75% of the installation materials are available free issue and taken without question from the customer, copper pipes & fittings, soil pipes, the plumber supplies hep pipe but takes the customers stock copper pipe to trade etc. Some of the work the plumber caries out is not to satisfaction. I.e. loose pipes need re-bracketing and further chasing out and is rectified in the absence of the plumber to move on with the install. All holes cored for waste and soil pipe with customers core drill. Plumbers drill is said to not be suitable to core engineered brickwork. The fitting of most equipment is prepped and carried out by the customer for the plumber just to fit pipes. Bath, sink, wall hung toilet frame. The plumber has spent approx 50 hours installing the bathroom. This is a generous time given due to plumber spending up to 2 hours a day on their mobile running their business.
The customer expected the price to be less than £1950 as most materials were supplied and assistance supplied. Equipment was fitted ready for piping up. A lot of time has been paid for by the customer for the plumber to speak business on his phone, visit plumbers merchant for the bathroom equipment installation advice etc.
The plumber requests the verbal estimated price for the job £1950. Where would the customer stand requesting a discount? Customer has requested a breakdown of the price but still said to be a fixed price!
Thanks for the replies. further Info:
The price supplied was a verbal estimate (not a quote) as he was unsure about the equipment to be fitted as he had never installed Hansgrohe. This was to fully install and supply materials to install. If it was a 'standard bathroom'. usually charges £1500. Most materials were free-issued from my local plumber account (some items not used and not returned)
I have requested a price breakdown. The plumber will not issue one. He says its £1950.00. A fair days pay for a fair days work!
For the plumber to carry out the work himself would of doubled his time. Supplying labour to assist has allowed him to carry out work for others and ensured I get what I want.
Finally I must say the plumbers workmanship is outstanding with no or little installation complaints. A very good plumber but value for money is in question for the work rate.
The plumber understood the situation and agreed on £1575. Both parties happy!
Thanks for all the advice.
- Yhanson_59 23rd Dec, 2011 Bathroom Fitting
Since it involves both electricity and plumbing I'm not sure what type of tradesman I should be looking for to get my new power shower fitted.
- Ynorwood_12 17th Feb, 2011 Bathroom Fitting
Hi there, we have recently received a quote for a full bathroom refit and are wondering if this is a reasonable price. The reason I am asking via questions is that this quote is more than we wish to spend, therefore do not want to waste anyone's time posting a job if this is a true price!
The quote we received was around £5000+ which included:
- approx 18m2 wall tiling ( tiles supplied)
- approx 4m2 floor tiling (tiles supplied)
- full suite refit, including 760 shower enclosure
- replace electric shower
- ceiling panelling
- towel rail
Thanks for your replies folks, much appreciated! I like to think that we are realistic however the cost of the refit must reflect the value of the property in a sense.
Lots of different thoughts here so will discuss with my partner before posting a job. Thanks folks!
- Ynursey14 29th Jan, 2012 Bathroom Fitting
Have revamped a bathroom and the customer supplied all the major stuff, however there were problems with there shower tray/tiles and furniture among other stuff. This made the job run on for a long time, now finished there saying there only paying a small amount because it took so long and saying there unhappy with parts of the job.Have been back to try and sort it but they are just saying if i want any more money to take them to court.Just wondered if anyone else has come across this. Feel i did everything in my power to get it finished asap so i could get paid! Never had a compaint about my workmanship in over 25 yrs of trading. Do i really have to take them to court to get the rest of my money???
- Ybillyboy_54 9th Feb, 2012 Bathroom Fitting
I need to replace a toilet seat. On older units this is normally a straight forward process of unscrewing wing nuts under the edge of the pan and replacing like with like. However we have a sealed pan unit ie there is no fixing underneath and the pan is sealed to an enclosed unit that contains the water systern . All that is visible are single screws that goes through the top of the hinges. I'm reluctant to unscrew them in case something drops within the pan and I have to remove the whole pan itself to access the fixings. I'm hoping that if I unscrew the hinge screw I can lift the old seat off and simply srew the new seat on . Is this the case?
- Ywayne_16 18th Mar, 2011 Bathroom Fitting
Im planning complete renovation of my bathroom as gift for my wife. For her I want it to look perfect, for myself I want it to be perfect from practical point of view. I have got some building knoweledge but Im not builder myself and some professional help woluld be appreciated.
Can I hide pipes in brick walls?
There is going to be a lot of moving things around and plumbing
The bathroom is in extended part of house so some bathroom walls are outside walls at the same time. I think those walls were not propely insulated and I'm a bit afraid about hiding pipes in there, because when winter comes, frost may breake pipes and in consequence my house can be seriously damaged. Do you think my concern is basless? If yes should I order copper pipes or plastick pipes. Should I use same pipes for radiator? Could you advice me if there is any building regulation based on this subject? I want my bathroom to be perfect and want it to serve me well for another 15 years, Im going to spend a lot on it and I don't want to be surprised by additional costs in the future. Please give advice I will be appreciative
- Ymartinp_25 10th Mar, 2011 Bathroom Fitting
- All Questions
- Architectural Services
- Bathroom Fitting
- Carpentry & Joinery
- Carpet Fitting
- Chimneys & Fireplaces
- Conversions - General
- Damp Proofing
- Demolition & Clearing
- Garages & Sheds
- Gas Work
- Groundwork & Foundations
- Central Heating
- Kitchen Fitting
- Landscape Gardening
- Loft Conversions
- New Builds
- Painting & Decorating
- Restoration & Refurbishment
- Security Systems
- Tree Surgery