As should be the installation of the mixer in the bathroom
A very important procedure for any home is to install a master mixer, after taking into account the quality of drinking water. Of course, for the installation, you can use the services of a professional plumber.
First, there are thing we should say about choosing a faucet for bath or kitchen.
Although certain rules in this matter don’t exist yet, it is desirable to adhere to certain guidelines:
- Acquire a device that will fulfil the object specifications (size, operating parameters);
- do not use mixers with working bodies which are made of low quality materials (silumin);
- take into account the aesthetic component products (so that it can fit into the existing interior space).
In general, it is desirable not to show the fanaticism in the economy and buy mixers with normal consumer characteristics, taking into account the fundamental relation to any goods between price and quality.
Install faucet in the bathroom on their own
Firstly, it should be installation noted that the of the mixer should be carried out at the final stage of finishing works, otherwise the product may be distorted during construction and maintenance operations.
If the filter is to be installed correctly by the property owner, thee are some preparatory measures that must be provided:
- gasket aqueduct (if necessary);
- finishing facilities (for example, tile );
- construction of places to connect the mixer.
Second, you need to prepare a minimum set of tools and materials to carry out installation work. Thus, to install the faucet in the bathroom you’ll need a wrench, hammer, fastening and sealing material in the form of tape.
The third stage is considered to be a direct installation. It is first checked devices and equipment produced visual inspection of the mixer.
Then carried out by overlapping routes for the hot and cold water and get to work:
- If necessary, dismantle the already installed device;
- Check the integrity of the connection points of the mixer;
- With the use of sealing materials, screw the outlet into the fitting special cams. Then use the wrench and make 5 – 6 turns to achieve their arrangement such that further it was possible to install the faucet without warps (the arrangement of the eccentrics can be controlled using a spirit level).
- Ideally, they should completely cover the space contiguity output pipes to a wall or finishing materials;
- By the return nozzles eccentrics bolted with the key mixer. It is very important to follow the steps carefully in order not to damage the device, the clamping coupling nuts should be alternately pull-ups in order to prevent buckling of the mixer.
- Bolted to the main body of the mixer, spout and shower hose.
- With punch and fasteners in any convenient place on the wall is fixed a special mount for the shower head. The optimal location of the brackets is the position in which it will be possible to take a shower.
In the final work, supplying water to the main line (by opening the stop valves) and test performance of the mixer, and the tightness of all joints. In addition, when installing the mixer it is important to properly overwrite tiles to solution-grout between all the technological gaps (for example between the tiles and the pipe).
In order to install a faucet in the bathroom, it is important to apply seals and rings, which come with the product. Thus, you can perform the installation work in a relatively short period, and provide for your family extra comfort.
How to choose a faucet for the bathroom:
the basic rules
A bathroom in a modern home is a functional space, which is why the design and decoration of this type are given special attention. The widespread use of such rooms showers, whirlpool baths, decorative screens, mirrors clear evidence.
The sanitary apparatus for supplying liquid to be adjustable volume and temperature – nevertheless remains mixer whatever audio quality was inherent to said room, perhaps the most important of its accessory. Therefore, it is very important to know how to choose the best faucet for the bathroom.
Structural types of mixers
Of course, today the manufacturers offer a wide range of mixers, which differ both in terms of price and consumer characteristics, while each user task is the selection of the equipment that will be able to satisfy individual needs. However, in order to decide what is best bathroom faucet, it is recommended that you get acquainted with the most common structures of representatives of the sanitary equipment.
They are representative of the classic series and are characterized by having in its structure two independent crane journal boxes, capable of changing the flow of hot and cold water (by means of their rotation). The bath faucets of this type do not have a high cost and can be operated a long time period. If we talk about the shortcomings of this series, we can distinguish fluid adjusting inconvenience and the need for periodic replacement of the seals (present as part of the crane-boxes).
Minimizing these limitations is achieved by using twin valve design mixers with a ceramic valve with a rotational mechanism (provide quality water supply with a minimum angle of rotation of the handle (90 or 180 °). However, the use of these devices requires the presence of an aqueous composition with a high-quality characteristic (lack of mechanical suspensions can deform ceramic valve) that requires the installation in water supply network of additional filter assemblies.
Single-lever (joystick) faucets
They are representatives of the innovative series, but nevertheless already gained predisposition of many users. This is primarily due to their ease of application when the water pressure and the temperature can instantaneously be adjusted with one hand (by moving the handle up and down or right-left).
The possibility of such adjustment is achieved by using in the construction of devices of ball elements or ceramic cartridges, which also requires the presence of purified water.
Thermostatic mixers Bathroom
As the name suggests, we can immediately conclude that the operation of said mixers is due to the embedded thermostat that ensure constancy temperature (set by the user), regardless of external changes. That is, from a constructive point of view, these mixers are equipped with temperature control and flow, which provide the desired operating mode. And although the cost of such devices is significantly higher than traditional counterparts, among them security benefits can be identified and economy (fast water flow with the desired characteristics).
Contactless faucets in the bathroom
Capable of providing high-quality liquid mixing and flow without human physical impact. Their design is made so that the flow of water is provided on the basis of the infrared sensor signals (embedded in the spout) and the retraction of the arms. In most cases, these mixers are used as innovative design attributes and are used in restaurants or cafes, but if desired, can be installed in a residential complex.
Material for a bathtub mixer
In order to properly choose a faucet in the bathroom, you need to study carefully the type and quality of materials that can be used for their manufacture.
Faucets made with cheap materials quickly breakdown and cannot act as trusted devices. In view of the usefulness of those silumin mixers justified only for temporary use (for repair apartments, for a period of substitution water networks and so forth.).
It is the highest quality material for the mixer, because in addition to the reliability and durability (brass does not corrode) these elements differ environmental neutrality and can easily be used in constructions of any functional purpose. For additional protection, brass body from external factors outer part of nickel and chrome appliances. The best available coating and thus it is considered chromium, which is durable and hygienic.
In most cases, used for the manufacture of handles, watering cans, decorative trim elements. Moreover, to simulate a reliable material such as a surface covering made aged bronze, gold or chromium. About how to choose a watering can to the mixer be found in the next article.
Individual factors influencing the choice of mixer
Of course, the process of selecting the most suitable mixer should be approached on the basis of the individual characteristics of each facility, that is, its size, shape, structure, design should fully meet the user, both technically and aesthetically.
As a consequence, by performing a selection of the most suitable plumbing items, you should consider the following circumstances:
– features mixer installation (wall mounting, mounting on a sink or bathroom fixture using decorative rack);
– type hydraulic connection (fixed pipework, flexible hoses);
– rotatable spout (required using a mixer, for a bathtub, and for the sink);
– the length of the spout (plumbing determined parameters, in which the liquid will rush).