I have a 1930s enamel bath with the original taps and would like to replace them with a bath shower mixer. The problem seems to be the tap holes are 8" (21cm) middle to middle and all standard mixers are 18cm.
Does anyone produce them for old baths or is my only choice to fit new separate taps and have a naff plastic shower attachment? Eugh...
Any advice would be greatly appreciated thankyou!
PS what's the best way to treat damage to the enamel from the dripping taps (2 patches of 2cm x 10cm)? Thanks
Plumbbob - Thanks very much for your comments. I appreciate your taking the time to help me.
I can see that having a "double swan neck" on the inlets, the mixer will project out into the bath, and as you say will probably not be practical. (The length of the bath is not actually a problem, as it is a 6ft bath, but safety would be an issue.)
Having said that, I still can't find anywhere in the UK a wall-mounted bath shower mixer of any description (traditional, modern, designer etc) that can accommodate a 20 cm (~8") inlet pipe distance. The only one I have found is the Kingston Brass KS26, which only seems to be available in the US.
The bath currently has two separate taps, to which I have attached a flimsy rubber shower attachment. I am keen to exchange this for a decent permanent mixer. Do you think I have any chance of finding something suitable? Or alternatively is there anything that I could use instead of the "double swan neck" to adjust the pipe distance?
be wary of importing plumbing supplies from abroad, especially US as they are manufactured to different standards and are employed on different system setups. be sure that what you buy will be compatible. this will save you money and hopefully ensure your safety.
Thanks for the advice. I wouldn't be confident enough that the specifications would match, so won't be tempted to buy from the US even if I can't find anything else. If it didn't work then I'd be stuck with it - wouldn't be worth the shipping cost to send it back!
The lack of positive replies seems to suggest that I'm not likely to find anything suitable in the UK. Unless anyone else knows different? Looking for a wall-mounted bath shower mixer with 20cm inlet pipe separation.
Glad to hear someone else is having the same problem.
I have just found a bath filler with a separation of 200mm, sold by Perrin and Rowe, and am awaiting a reply to learn if they make a similar bath shower mixer. However I am guessing that the price will be rather out of my budget, based on other products that the same company sells. They don't show prices on this site.
"Specification details" at the bottom of the page shows that the pipe separation is 200mm.