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jema
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 05 9:59 am    Post subject: Looking for an alternative to tiling  Reply with quote    

I'm sure someone will have a creative idea here.

I want to tile most of my bathroom, but one thing has been bugging me, at one end of the bath where the shower will go on the wall, I don't want to tile it all. The reason being, in my experience shower/shower rails never last very long, and you end up having to drill in different places when you replace the damn things. Thuis making a mess of the tiling.

Hence I would like to mount the shower on something else that will be:

1) Not too expensive.
2) Nice looking.
3) Survive in a bathroom.
4) I can actually manage to buy somewhere.

any ideas?

jema

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 05 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Self Build and Renovation magazine has all sorts of products and systems advertised in it that may give inspiration. One that comes to mind were some sheets of material that intelock to provide a waterpoof surface, I think they do tile effect which is quite convincing. Will try to dig out a company name / website.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 05 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think B&Q do shower backing panels, which might work.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 05 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can't match that on their web site, but sounds useful

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 05 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Maybe homebase, I've definitely seen them somewhere.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 05 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tisn't where I saw them, but here you go.
http://www.s105789248.websitehome.co.uk/?mid=gd12&target=dept_162.html&lang=en-gb

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 05 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks very much for that link, that is an awful lot of food for thought

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 05 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have ordered a sample As a replacement for tiling I think they could be a little on the naff side. But we will see.

But as a panel that could be fitted from a foot or so above the end of the bath to the ceiling, offset an inch or so out so that pipes could be run behind, I think it could be an incredibly good looking way of "future proofing" things.

I also think they could be an excellent ceiling

jema

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 05 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If they're the same as the stuff I've seen then doing your whole bathroom would look odd to say the least, but I think it should be O.K. for one panel. Otherwise you could tile onto a replaceable marine ply panel.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 05 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jema

We had this in some of our en suites, and the kitchen in our first hotel.

It looks okay. It is about 4' wide and comes in panels and has a sheath that the panels fit into to cover the seams. (A bit like the back of cheep shelves form MFI)

It would work okay in the non wet areas, but I would be wary about it delaminating in the wet areas, like the shower, as quite a few of ours did not last and had to be replaced.

DH says stop swinging on the shower pole and you won't have a problem with it coming out of the tiled wall

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 05 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

alison wrote:


DH says stop swinging on the shower pole and you won't have a problem with it coming out of the tiled wall


Tell the kids We moved into a well decorated home........


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 05 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

alison wrote:
DH says stop swinging on the shower pole and you won't have a problem with it coming out of the tiled wall


Swinging and pole dancing

Back to the question, we have the same problem with the shower rails only lasting a while, mainly due to OH and I not being the same height. I've tried looking for a sturdy pole and come up with a few ideas.

We have looked at some of the shower rails for disabled people as they are designed to be pulled about. It may be worth looking around to see if there are many options as the ones I've seen are quite basic.

The other option may be to buy an identical spare rail.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 05 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think I prefer the panel idea.

The way I see it, the decorative life of what we are planning to do, could easily exceed the whole shower life.

Hence a panel is a good coverl all bases solution

jema

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 05 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Most poles are now a standard size so you should be able to mix and match the parts. Done it a couple of time here

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 05 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Watch the laminate, as it comes off if it keeps getting too wet.

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