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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorbardo
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2020
     
    Time to put a bath in. Looking at steel bath made by Kaldewei. Anyone here familiar, or have any thoughts on steel baths to share? Cheers!
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2020
     
    Very easy to chip accidentally = no glass bottles in the bathroom or metal handles. No metal plugs, careful handling and care when fitting Bath panel

    I would insulate round it with fibreglass as water will cool more quickly than in fibreglass

    Pressed steel Bath, yes not cast iron?
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2020
     
    The main reason I didn't get a steel bath is that we had one before and they get cold quickly, even with insulation underneath. So I got an insulated 'plastic' one and put insulation under that.
    • CommentAuthormarktime
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2020 edited
     
    Who baths these days? On a Green Building Forum?
    • CommentAuthorHollyBush
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2020
     
    Posted By: marktimeWho baths these days? On a Green Building Forum?


    Many small children and some bigger ones too.
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    People with very worn backs who still insist on doing major building work!
    • CommentAuthormarktime
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2020
     
    Bunch of babies. :bigsmile::bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorbardo
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2020
     
    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: djh</cite>had one before and they get cold quickly, even with insulation underneath. So I got an insulated 'plastic' one and put insulation under that.</blockquote>

    that's interesting. Everything I have read suggests they hold heat better than plastic.

    Anyone experienced with a cast iron bath? I've been offered one?
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2020
     
    We once had a cast iron bath, Victorian had nice claw feet. Took a very large amount of hot water. When we refurbed the bathroom decided to take it out and sell it thought would get good money for it. However it was very heavy and it got stuck on the staircase whilst getting it out had to break it up in situ shards of enamel and cast iron everywhere. Weighed the bits in at scrap metal merchant.That's my experience.

    Our next house had a steel bath, combi boiler could not keep up with amount of hot water needed for it. We had inherited lousy install, that was taken out and recycled, now used as drinking trough for my neighbours cows.
    Perspex baths a lot lighter hold their heat well but a thick walled one is best don't creak.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2020
     
    Posted By: bardoEverything I have read suggests they hold heat better than plastic.

    I can't imagine why that would be. The metal conducts heat well and it can convect/radiate away both from the underside of the bath and from the exposed sides above the water level. An insulated plastic bath conducts a lot less so losses through the wall to the underside are reduced and so are losses up the sides. There's still a lot of heat lost by evaporation of the hot water, of course. As revor says, also make sure to get one with a strengened base.

    We don't have baths very often, perhaps once or twice a year, but it's nice to have the option and baths can occasionally be useful for washing large objects.
    • CommentAuthorSimonD
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2020
     
    Posted By: Nick ParsonsPeople with very worn backs who still insist on doing major building work!


    Tell me about it. We're still living in the caravan so no baths but I have to say when I started my build my body ached for three months solid! I'm now keenly planning a little nook for a sauna in the new house (the Swedish in my blood is demanding it now)! Not sure if that's a particularly green decision, but my body won't be complaining :bigsmile:

    Sorry I can't help on the bath thing, I go for showers :wink:
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