Tap into a bar­gain

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Weekend Shopper - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

IN the Week­end Shop­per’s Bath­rooms cat­e­gory, buy­ers will find a host of bath­room items at heav­ily dis­counted prices.

Brand new basins and ex­haust fans still in their boxes range up­wards of $35 and bath­room mir­rors, de­pend­ing on their size start at $10 each.

Tubs, show­er­heads, toi­let cis­terns, shav­ing cab­i­nets and bath­room ac­ces­sories vary in price de­pend­ing on qual­ity.

Bath­rooms Are Us owner Ran­dall Mor­ri­son has op­er­ated his Gee­bung busi­ness for more than 15 years.

He spoke to Week­end Shop­per about the reg­u­la­tions sur­round­ing the in­stal­la­tion of bath­room prod­ucts.

“Some peo­ple think they can willy nilly add things to their bath­rooms. But there are ac­tu­ally a lot of laws that reg­u­late what can and can’t hap­pen in bath­rooms,” Mr Mor­ri­son said.

“For ex­am­ple, heaters and towel rails have to be a cer­tain dis­tance from the bath and shower.

“They must be in­stalled by qual­i­fied elec­tri­cians. You can’t just stick them any­where. There are laws that reg­u­late their place­ment. And there are heavy penal­ties for fail­ing to ob­serve them.”

Mr Mor­ri­son said shop­pers need to be aware they can pur­chase bath­room prod­ucts, but they may have to be con­nected by qual­i­fied plumbers and/or elec­tri­cians de­pend­ing on what the item is.

“Ex­haust fans must be in­stalled by elec­tri­cians and taps by a qual­i­fied plumber who will check them to en­sure they meet recog­nised stan­dards,” he said.

“In terms of taps most peo­ple are now buy­ing mix­ers (one tap that dis­penses both hot and cold wa­ter).

“I rec­om­mend the mix­ers be­cause they are eas­ier to ser­vice than two taps. They have a car­tridge disk that can be re­placed which is eas­ier than hav­ing to re­place two wash­ers. It makes clean­ing eas­ier, too.”

Shop­pers will also find en­tire en­suites on of­fer in­clud­ing cor­ner slid­ing panel shower, van­ity, mir­ror, three-in-one ex­haust fan, and towel rails in good con­di­tion for $180.

Mr Mor­ri­son sug­gests shop­pers should en­sure their shower trays are cor­rectly wa­ter­proofed.

“If the shower tray’s not bed­ded down prop­erly or it leaks it can be very costly. I have vis­its from at least two cus­tomers a week that have prob­lems with wa­ter­proof­ing.

“It can cost any­thing from $2500 to $5000 to fix.”

For the purists who are smit­ten with the idea of a gor­geous old, cast iron claw­foot bath th­ese can also be found in the Bath­rooms cat­e­gory.

An orig­i­nal claw­foot bath­tub in good con­di­tion with four feet and a rec­tan­gu­lar top for wall mount­ing sells for $250.

“You can pur­chase brand­new acrylic claw baths for around $1000. Or you can have an old one resur­faced for $500$600.

“But re­mem­ber, an old cast iron clawfeet baths weigh about 160 kilo­grams.

“Ba­si­cally, it’s about hav­ing four good mates who will come around and help you lift it. Es­pe­cially if you have stairs,” Mr Mor­ri­son said.

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