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TradePlumbing Adds Google Custom Search to its Website – DigitalJournal.com (press release)

TradePlumbing Adds Google Custom Search to its Website
DigitalJournal.com (press release)
TradePlumbing.co.uk has been trading online since 2006 and was launched as a result of the emerging eCommerce trend and the owner's family history in the field of running Plumbing and Heating Merchants and Showrooms. TradePlumbing, provides its

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Do I really need a shower pump?

Is it really necessary to install a pump  to provide power shower performance?

The last two decades have seen steady growth in the demand for showers is both the new build and the ‘one-off’ refurbishment sectors. In particular we have seen significant growth in consumer demand for ‘power showers’. The homeowner has experienced high performance showers in hotels and on holidays abroad and wants the same sensation of a high pressure, drencher shower at home.

Despite consumers’ growing knowledge of shower products there remains a popular misconception that a high performance shower equates to a ‘power shower’, ie one with a pump. This is not always the case. Here at Aqualisa, we describe high performance showers as having four key characteristics:

  • Temperature control
    Thermostatic control is required to maintain water at a set temperature (with acceptable variation) even when other taps in the house are turned on/off.
  • High flow rates
    At increased pressures also emphasise the requirement for full fail-safe protection. Should either supply fail the shower should shut-off immediately for total safety. Flow rate: 15 litres/minute or more are needed to satisfy most people’s perception of the ‘power’ showering (drenching) experience.
  • Shower patterns
    This is determined by showerhead design. Personal tastes will dictate preference for an all-over spray or focused jet or small or large drops, simple or aerated.
  • Flow pressure
    And so we come to the question, do I need a pump?
Whether or not apump  is necessary is determined by the hot/cold water system installed in the home. If it is a gravity storage system with a cold water header tank located in the loft space, the likelihood is that the distance from the base of the cold cistern to the showerhead may be only 1m resulting in a relatively low pressure shower.Therefore, installing a pump will make a dramatic difference. Unvented/mains fed systems featuring a high-pressure cylinder a 2-3 bar and adequate pipe diameters are capable of achieving high performance results.
What about Combi systems? While a standard 80,000 Btu/h (23kW) Combi system can deliver non-stop hot water at some eight litres/minute, this flow rate, together with a quantity of cold, will blend to provide a generous enveloping shower. But this could not be described accurately as a ‘power’ shower. The layman and occasionally the uninformed installer might think it would be possible to install a pump to increase the flow rate. They would be wrong; it cannot be done.

To increase the flow rate it is the Combi that requires upgrading to 100,000 or 120,000 Btu/h (28.75 to 34.5kW) to provide a flow of 11-14 litres/minute. Alternatively, a more practical solution could be to install a storage system to be heated by the Combi and which may then be pump boosted. As this ‘dual system’ leaves other terminal fittings to be supplied separately by hot water generated by the Combi there would be no sudden surprises in the shower cubicle when other hot or cold taps are operated.

What of an electric/instantaneous shower? Modern electric showers can be the obvious choice for many installations but even a powerful 10kW unit will only deliver about 5-6 litres/minute – insufficient to satisfy the perception of a ‘power’ shower.In short, if the question were to be “Can I have a ‘power’ shower?” the answer is yet another question, “Have you the right hot/cold water system?” If you have a mains pressured system capable of supplying a minimum hot water flow rate in the region of 12 – 15 litres/minute at as maintained temperature of 55-60 C then the answer would most likely be “Yes.” If the system is gravity storage, a pump is necessary for a ‘power’ shower.

Finally, when installing a pump consider and check the following

  • Pump sizing
    Do not fall into the trap of ‘when is doubt buy a big one.’ Installing too powerful a pump is neither sensible nor energy efficient.
  • Pump siting
    Regard a twin-ended pump as a ‘pusher’ not a ‘puller’. The pump must be sited close to the water cylinder.
  • Pipework sizing
    At Aqualisa we always recommend the use of 22mm pipework for pumps for both the inlets and outlets to ensure optimum performance. We would not endorse the use of 15mm pipework when installing pumps capable of generating pressures in excess of 1 bar.
  • Hot water cylinder capacity
    We print an easy-to-read pump performance chart so that the installer can ensure adequate hot and cold storage capacities. Remember the general rule that mixed water at the showerhead is approximately 2/3rds hot and 1/3rd cold.
  • Hot water cylinder temperature control
    Ensure that the cylinder is controlled to a maximum 65C. Water may boil in a kettle at 100C but reduce the pressure on a liquid, as we do in the inlet or suction side of a pump, and we correspondingly reduce the boiling point. If the pressure is reduced to such an extent that pump inlet water is nearing its boiling point, cavitation will occur resulting in poor showering performance and reduced pump life.

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Coal Conundrum: Penn Virginia Resource Partners Lp Q2 Earnings – Forex Pros

Coal Conundrum: Penn Virginia Resource Partners Lp Q2 Earnings
Forex Pros
With the price of natural gas plumbing record lows and offering superior economics to coal, utilities with the flexibility to take coal-fired capacity offline and ramp up gas-fired plants have eagerly made the switch. The Energy Information To

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Graham sole distributor for social enterprise procurement service – Builders’ Merchants News

Graham sole distributor for social enterprise procurement service
Builders’ Merchants News
COVENTRY: Plumbers' merchant Graham has secured a four-year sole distributorship deal with social enterprise Fusion21 for the supply of bathroom and central heating materials for planned maintenance programmes across the UK. Supplier framework

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UK aims to have Europe’s fastest broadband by 2015 – iT News


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UK aims to have Europe's fastest broadband by 2015
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The pledge, made by United Kingdom secretary of state for culture, Olympics, media and sport, Jeremy Hunt, was made at Google's offices at the Silicon Roundabout, an area around Old Street and the outskirts of City of London which is home to many
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Clayton Horsnell Invests Into Separate Wholesale Bathroom and Heating … – Melodika.net (press release)

Clayton Horsnell Invests Into Separate Wholesale Bathroom and Heating
Melodika.net (press release)
Clayton Horsnell Ltd, owner of TradePlumbing.co.uk, award-winning bathroom, plumbing and heating web shop, announced today investment into subsidiary business, to concentrate on delivering excellence for retail customers. Robert Nezard, who left

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