ELECTRICALINSTALLATIONS IN THE BATHROOM
These are governed by strict regulations. All switches must operate by pull-cords. Mains socket outlets are notpermitted. All light sockets should be shrouded and out of reach of a person at a basin or in a bath. Ashaver socket is permitted, but it must conform to BS3052 safety standards.Remember to bondall metal pipes and fittings, including the bath and hand basin if they are metal, to a goodearth. Plastic pipes and fittings must be bridged to ensure earthing continuity
CHOOSING AND BUYING MATERIALS
Make sure the new units will fit the space available. When buying these units, check that the waste outlets andoverflow units are supplied. If they are not, then order the ones recommended by the manufacturer.
Before starting work1
Make sure that the new units are undamaged. They are relatively fragile and must be handled with care.
Ensure they are the correct colour and each item matches the others; remember that plastic and ceramics rarely match exactly.
All necessary fittings must be compatible with the units and are available on site.
Do not fit products with which you are dissatisfied; contact the supplier.Floor coverings
Floor coverings may require an underlay of hardboard or plywood. Do this after all alterations to pipe-work andcabling are completed, but before the bath and basin are installed.
It is easier to fix a basin on top of tiles than it is to cut tiles to fit round the basin.The bath should be cut into the wall so that the tiles or plaster overlap the rim
TURNING OFF THE WATER
This is easy if you have a service valve fitted below each tap in modern installations. Otherwise, use the following procedure.
Kitchen cold water, garden hose bib-tap and direct systems with a combination boiler:1
Turn off the boiler.
Turn off the mains cold water supply at the stop valve where the rising main enters the house. This will stop water flowing to all taps.
Old direct cold water system with indirect hot water:For cold water:1
Turn off mains stop valve.
For hot water:1
Turn off the boiler.
Turn off the water supply from the storage tank to the hot water cylinder. This will be by means of a gate (fullway) valve next to the cold water storage tank or adjacent to the hot water cylinder.
If there are no valves, turn off the main supply stop valve and, with the boiler turned off, open all the hot water taps. Let them run until the water storage tank is empty and no more water comes from the taps.
Take the opportunity to install a gate valve next to the hot water cylinder.
For kitchen cold water tap and garden hose bib-tap: turn off water at main stop valve.