- the sink is hung on the wall, but not plumbed in;
- the shower is fully installed and working. If you want to make a plumber purr, buy a Grohe shower – they’ve all been very keen on the shower, the one we originally bought for our previous house in Goddard Ave.
- the shower drain is installed, tested, and works well. The plumbers seemed almost surprised how effective the fall was in the shower former in directing water towards the drain.
- dual fuel towel rail hung and partially installed. Rather glad Kevin went for the very tall/very narrow radiator – it was a guess at the time, but having seen it we agree that it fits the space better than the shorter/wider version originally proposed.
I (Debra) am very happy with how things are looking, but Kevin is more concerned – the sink, and how far it sticks out into the room, is annoying. The super duper height adjustable bracket is far fancier than the one Kevin originally specced. However, we’re looking at solutions here, particularly keeping the bracket (which I like), but seeing whether it can be used with a different and less deep sink. The plastic back to the toilet/cistern cover is also concerning Kevin – He is not sure how well it will survive those occasions where he drops me (Debra) onto the loo. So we’re looking at toilet back rests to solve this.
Still some things to do – the towel rails/radiators in both the bathroom and our en-suite are plumbed in as radiators, but not yet connected up as electric towel rails, although all the wiring is in situ. The care screen is missing – we returned the one originally ordered to be replaced by a custom order in a different size, but that won’t be available till next week. Looks like there’s a minor leak in the drain for the sink, which is not surprising, as both the plumbers who’ve looked at the flexible drain have cursed it, as it appears to be a non-standard size.
Finally, a tale of two contrasts: On the left, the remote pneumatic switch for the body dryer – a simple rubber squeezer that sends a puff of air down a flexible tube to an air pressure sensor on the body dryer to turn it on and off – so no electric switches in the shower. On the right, the fancy two-way remote for programming and controlling the toilet.
We came back from the gym on Friday to hear the two plumbers giggling like little girls as they played with the loo, trying to work out whether everything was connected correctly and working. Kevin is most upset that he can’t get the “fart extractor”(Kevin’s description) to come on automatically when you sit down (I’m not kidding you – that’s the button with the fan/flower and wafting breeze). I think that the manufacturer’s describe it as an “odour removal system” or something equally genteel. Hopefully once setup we can tuck the main remote away in it’s holder in the loo and just use its *second* controller, which is a simple infra-red proximity switch that you stick somewhere convenient, then run your hand or foot past it to automatically trigger the toilet to flush and then do a wash and blow dry cycle. (It sounds more like a hairdressing accessory than a toilet!)