Kitchen taps, bathroom taps, all round tarp/tent

Hapilife Contemporary Kitchen Sink Chrome Dual Lever Swivel Spout with UK Standard Fittings Mixer Monobloc Tap Hapi-03Z

I’ve just finished repainting and revamping the kitchen, ( Ok daughter has done almost all the repainting over Whitsun half term! Thanks Tan) and new taps and sink were installed. The taps I used were almost exactly the same as these, from a different seller but they look both online and in direct comparison to be the same.

They look good, I wanted one with mixer tap as that’s what we have and I prefer, but my old taps were hard for me to turn on and off as I’ve arthritis and my hands are bad. I’d seen suggestions that these lever ones would help that, and I’ve tried them and they are so much easier. They only need a quarter turn, unlike current round taps that need turning and turning and turning…Son in law said something about that means its ceramic inside – I’d no idea what that meant, he said basically helps them last well. He might have said more but plumbing and electricity are out of my comfort zone! * see below for more on that.

They look good, in a smart contemporary design with a highly polished steel appearance, with the little levers that have a red or blue disc for hot and cold. I’d looked at some very similar to this when researching taps and sinks and those were in the £35 – £45 bracket so these are well priced too. They have a 10 year home owner warranty – of course that depends on whether they’re still trading – doesn’t always happen- but its always good to see a company that has confidence in its own product. That gives me confidence too.

Comes with hoses needed for installation, perfect for modernising your sink, and no more leaky taps, leading to unsightly limescale build up and stains.

From the DIYdoctor.org.uk website
Ceramic disc taps are designed to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, in hard water areas they do not and it is as well to know how they operate and how to service them.
It is very rare for the ceramic discs to wear out and the need to replace them is even rarer. It is, most often, just a case of dismantling the moving parts and servicing them. Should you be unlucky enough to have a tap wherein the parts do actually “wear out” then it is unlikely you will be able to replace the discs and will probably need to replace the whole cartridge within the unit.
The disc tap should be virtually indestructible because a) the ceramics do not wear out, and b) The distance moved by any part of the tap in any one go, is only a quarter of a turn.

Stars: Five, great for those with hand issues

Product supplied for honest review. All items undergo assessment and testing where needed before I give my opinion, and stars given accordingly.

 
 Hapilife Contemporary Basin Taps Twin Lever Bathroom Sink Mixer Taps Chrome

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Review from Jeannie’s Reviews on wordpress.com

Old style, circular knob taps are hard for me to turn on and off, as I’ve arthritis and my hands are bad. I use lever ones like these now and they are so much easier. They only need a quarter turn, unlike current round taps that need turning and turning and turning…Son in law said something about that means its ceramic inside – I’d no idea what that meant, he said basically helps them last well. He might have said more but plumbing and electricity are out of my comfort zone! * see below for more on that. Apparently its allied to the “ Drip-free performance and smooth water adjustment” that’s in the description. Drip free sounds great to me, I’ve memory horrors of the long, rough, thick lime scale trail from taps to base of bath in my childhood bathroom!!

They are heavy to feel, a solid and comfortable weight that feels robust and long lasting, and look good in a smart contemporary design with a highly polished steel appearance. The taps each have either a red or blue disc for hot and cold, rather than the words or a letter written on as some reviews suggest. Possibly there’s been an upgrade since they were written.

These are well priced and a great way to modernise your bathroom and make life easier for yourself at the same time.
They have a 10 year home owner warranty – of course that depends on whether they’re still trading – doesn’t always happen- but its always good to see a company that has confidence in its own product. That gives me confidence too.

From the DIYdoctor.org.uk website
Ceramic disc taps are designed to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, in hard water areas they do not and it is as well to know how they operate and how to service them.
It is very rare for the ceramic discs to wear out and the need to replace them is even rarer. It is, most often, just a case of dismantling the moving parts and servicing them. Should you be unlucky enough to have a tap wherein the parts do actually “wear out” then it is unlikely you will be able to replace the discs and will probably need to replace the whole cartridge within the unit.
The disc tap should be virtually indestructible because a) the ceramics do not wear out, and b) The distance moved by any part of the tap in any one go, is only a quarter of a turn.

Stars: Five, great for those with hand issues

Product supplied for honest review. All items undergo assessment and testing where needed before I give my opinion, and stars given accordingly.

 

PeakAttacke Portable Outdoor Waterproof Foldable Oxford Cloth, Tent, Tarp, Tent Shelter, Sun Shade For Beach, Picnic, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Traveling, Green/Blue

This is a great multi purpose tarp to have handy. It comes in two colours, has tabs at each corner for securing that are well set in and strong, and is a double layer sheet, a water proof cloth one side and a kind of silver matt surface the other which I think its for sun protection, sort of heat reflective. I’m not sure about that, can’t find it in description or on a label but it seems logical as it claims “Solar shading”. Its in its own carry bag, along with four sections of rope and four ground pins.

 

You can let the kids play and make a tent with it, use to cover up items from weather, take out camping or caravanning to make an extra awning, rig up high over BBQ area to protect from sudden showers – that’s really useful in UK where it can be searing heat and sunshine and then five mins later torrential rain! You can use it as a ground sheet too for camping under sleeping bags, for picnics, for beaches when sand has a habit of getting everywhere – and making you really regret sitting on the beach later …

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Its waterproof, see my photos where I sprayed the hose over it, easy to fold up ( though if wet open and dry once home to prevent mould ), comes in its own carry bag with strong reflective rope and pins for securing, easy to clean, just shake stuff off, wipe over if needed, or lay on floor and scrub with hose and soapy water, its a real all round sheet.

I think its great value as is, but would be even better if it was a little more expensive and had more tabs and pins, maybe eight? That would give so much more security when sheltering from heavy winds. We get some strong gusts here on the East Coast, and though I feel this is strong enough to withstand them once the wind gets under it those four pegs don’t stand a chance. More pins mean wind less able to get under the tarp and cause issues. I’d like the rope to be in one piece too so I could cut to lengths needed rather than pre-cut pieces.

Stars: Five,terrific multi use product.

Product supplied for honest review. All items undergo assessment and testing where needed before I give my opinion, and stars given accordingly.

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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