Linda Barker Collection from Multipanel to debut at KBB

Multipanel, the UK’s leading brand of waterproof decorative wall panels for bathrooms, is to launch its new 2018 collections at the Kitchens, Bathrooms and Bedrooms (KBB) exhibition in Birmingham on 4-7th March.


In developing this year’s product offering, Multipanel has partnered with celebrity designer, Linda Barker, who will attend the show to launch the Linda Barker Collection for Multipanel, a range of 13 beautifully crafted waterproof panels, inspired by materials from the natural world such as stone, marble and wood.

The much-loved interior designer has been helping the British public transform their homes with stylish and imaginative ideas since her first television appearance in 1994, as a presenter on Changing Rooms. More recently, Linda, who initially trained in fine art, has won many plaudits for her commercial work, including her kitchen range for Wren Kitchens, sofas for DFS and cabins for Thomson Holidays.

“For too long,” says Linda, “the bathroom has taken a back seat in our homes. And even though the possibilities for decorating are endless, it’s often the cost and the long downtime that a bathroom space needs whilst work is carried out, that stops us in our tracks.”

“I was therefore excited to discover just how much quicker and more cost effective the whole bathroom makeover could be. Completely waterproof panels from Multipanel are easy to install, and importantly for a busy household, the downtime is kept to a minimum. What’s more, unlike traditional ceramic tiles, no grouting is required, which means a beautiful mould-free future for the renovation.”

Developed with the design loving house renovator in mind and for those looking to emulate the top bathroom trends in an affordable way at home, the Linda Barker Collection offers many stylish options for making the most of any bathroom space.

The Collection makes use of recent advances in laminate design technology. These allow much larger realistic true scale images to be printed on each panel, authentically replicating, for example, the look of real slabs of Calacatta marble, fossilised timber or patinated corten steel — all at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.


There are three colour and texture strands to the Linda Barker Collection from Multipanel:

 Elements: subtle hues combined with an incredibly solid appearance —perfect for achieving an ultra-modern industrial look.

– Wood: a weathered look exuding gentle warmth and texture.

– Stone: the authentic look and feel of real stone and marble.

A luxurious spa look is achieved with Calacatta Marble (Linda Barker Collection) feature wall and Sicilia flooring (Click Range).

For more information please visit Multipanels Website.


The difference between an Electrical Shower and a power shower?

What is the difference between an Electrical Shower and a power shower?

This is a question I often get asked…

1) An electric shower heats cold mains water as it passes by a heating element, similar to a kettle. They are connected to a mains water supply and an electrical supply. Electric showers are perfect for home without a gas supply or homes with stored/tanked water supply. You can also use these in home with a combi boiler as no hot supply is required.

2) A power shower is a pumped shower which will boost the water pressure if the water pressure is not high enough for a good flow from the shower head. It connects to CISTERN FED hot and cold supplies and can be thermostatically controlled. It delivers the mixed water at a good pressure to a shower head. Power shower require a hot and cold water feed and should not be fitted to a combi boiler system.

I hope this helps people.

Fitting a Magnaclean Professional 2

If you have read any of my other past posts, you may have read my post about the Magnaclean Professional Filter and how to fit one, well since writing that post, Adey who manufacture Magnaclean have since launched the Magnaclean Professional 2 which is  even easier to install and fit and can be fitted in less than half an hour, well the actual fitting time is about 10 mins which you  will read about further on.

The main difference between the Magnaclean Professional 2 and the original Magnaclean Professional if the fitting valves. They both perform as good as each other and perform the same task, meaning if you already have a Magnaclean Professional one fitted, you DO NOT need to upgrade to the Magnaclean Professional 2, how ever if you have an old Magnaclean Professional, read my post on upgrading your Magnaclean.

The Fitting of the MagnaClean Professional 2 required no soldering of pipes like the original required. The Professional 2 now only requires a pipe cutter and spanner to install it. The revolutionary slip fitting allows the installer to simple remove 150mm of pipe from the flow or return pipe (pref the return pipe) and slip on the fitting and olives and tighten in place. This only takes around 10 mins to perform. How ever before installing you are required to drain down the system and re instate once installed.

To reinstate your system Magnaclean advice using MagnaClean MC1 Protector Fluid which is designed especially for Adey’s MagnaClean for Central Heating Systems, but is suitable for other heating systems. MC1 Protector Fluid is a high performance chemical inhibitor that prevents system corrosion and scale that provides long term system protection.

I have personally fitted one to my own central heating system with ease and have seen a massive improvements in the temperature of my radiators and have removed a large amount of dirt from my system that would have just clogged my boiler and radiators.


The above photos shows the result of fitting a Magnaclean Filter to my central heating system for only 12 hours. In only 12 hours which only 4 hours of which the system was running (as was over night).

How to make a wetroom

This video shows how to make and install a wetroom. In this video it show how a level floor wetroom is created using a level access wetroom kit by Abacus Direct.

In previous posts I have talked about what a wetroom is and why tanking a wetroom is essential.

I have posted a tutorial video before showing the tanking process using Roman Shield by Roman Showers but I also found this video by Abacus Direct which shows a similar method to the Roman Shield tanking but uses waterproof boards instead of making plaster boards and wooden floors waterproof with chemicals.

What I like about this video is that it shows the method of fitting a preformed wetroom floor tray and waste.

Upgrade your old MagnaClean Filter

If you have an old MagnaClean Professional Filter, you can upgrade you exsisting filter the next time you clean your magnet with a Magnaclean Sheath Upgrade kit.


A new retrofit sheath gives UK installers the opportunity to offer more than a million customers a quick-fix upgrade to their existing central heating system protection.

Manufacturer ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has launched its sheath upgrade kit to deliver an instant enhancement to its existing award winningMagnaClean 22mm and 28mm filters.

According to research, the market leading MagnaClean magnetic filtration brand is the most effective filter when it comes to combating system sludge. The new sheath has been designed to incorporate a smart non-magnetic debris capture device at its base increasing its overall effectiveness in maintaining central heating systems.

Existing MagnaClean sheaths are simply upgraded at the normal service interval or during routine system maintenance.

“The industry’s number one magnetic filter for protecting central heating systems from damaging iron oxide sludge just got even better with this latest advance,” explains Sales Director Roger Williams.

“More than a million MagnaClean filters are already in operation protecting central heating systems throughout the country. The beauty of the new sheath upgrade is that following a simple retrofit, customers will benefit from the most effective magnetic and non-magnetic system maintenance available and they don’t need to replace the complete filter.”

“It’s literally a two-minute job to remove and discard the old sheath and replace it with the upgrade sheath. Installers can keep them on the van and we’ve also included a seal service pack for added value.”

The easy install upgrade sheath is designed for any pipework configuration and is available from all leading merchants.

Magnaclean Professional 2

Abey, the makers of MagnaClean, have recently launch a new MagnaClean professional filter to replace the existing Magnaclean…….. The Magnaclean Professional 2


Abey say that the New MagnaClean Professional 2 improves installation with a new Rapid in-line installation while still providing exceptional central heating protection.

The New Magnaclean Professional 2 offers some new benifits including:

  • NEW in-line installation – In just two minutes
  • NEW versatile installation options
  • NEW compact installation for tight spaces
  • NEW low profile drain valve – Easier servicing and dosing
  • NEW improved valves – Greater reliability
  • NEW twin reverse flow – Maximising debris capture
  • NEW improved sheath design – Dual non-magnetic capture
  • NEW rapid fit connectors for faster servicing
  • NEW high perfomance seals
  • NEW air vent assembly

MagnaClean® Professional2 has been developed by the industry leading company that pioneered magnetic filtration. ADEY’s filters are already protecting nearly 1.5 million heating systems in UK homes removing virtually 100% of the damaging suspended black iron oxide sludge that builds up in all central heating systems.

The in-line, push-fit, filter not only extends the operational life of the central heating system, it reduces maintenance and heating energy bills as well as reducing carbon emissions.

The versatile filter also enables multiple installation options with a removable spacer positioned between the valves.

If you already have a Magnaclean Professional fitted, I wouldn’t rush out to buy a new Magnaclean professional 2 as the original still offers great protection, how ever if your MagnaClean one of the early MagnaCleans I would advise upgrading with an MagnaClean Upgrade Sheath for added protection, these are available for very little money, click here to read more on this upgrade.

Fitting a MagnaClean Filter

Normally I talk about bathrooms and fitting bathrooms and wetrooms, but this week i was asked about fitting a MagnaClean filter for someone while I was working on the bathroom.

Also see my post about Magnaclean Filters

With a MagnaClean filter being fitted to the heating system, many people think you need a heating engineer or in the UK a GASSAFE Registered plumber to fit one, how ever this is wrong. The MagnaClean filter fit on the water side of a boilers flow and return pipes (preferable the return pipe). Meaning no gas or boiler alterations are required, meaning a normal plumber can install them.

I found the installation of the MagnaClean filter straight forward and easy to install.