UK diy (uk.d-i-y) For the discussion of all topics related to diy (do-it-yourself) in the UK. All levels of experience and proficency are welcome to join in to ask questions or offer solutions.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1   Report Post  
Old May 27th 04, 09:25 PM
Andy Evans
 
Posts: n/a
Default URGENT - install Main Medway or Mersey???

I have a plumber coming tomorrow, Friday, to install a Mersey to replace the 25
yr old Medway I currently have. He says the Mersey is better for my needs, but
the Medway is more expensive and appears to offer the possibility of using a
shower off it. Should I install a Medway or Mersey? Help - only a few hours to
go. Andy

=== Andy Evans ===
Visit our Website:- http://www.artsandmedia.com
Audio, music and health pages and interesting links.

  #2   Report Post  
Old May 27th 04, 10:07 PM
Cicero
 
Posts: n/a
Default URGENT - install Main Medway or Mersey???


"Andy Evans" wrote in message
...
I have a plumber coming tomorrow, Friday, to install a Mersey to replace

the 25
yr old Medway I currently have. He says the Mersey is better for my needs,

but
the Medway is more expensive and appears to offer the possibility of using

a
shower off it. Should I install a Medway or Mersey? Help - only a few

hours to
go. Andy

=== Andy Evans ===
Visit our Website:- http://www.artsandmedia.com
Audio, music and health pages and interesting links.


===================
Have a look at this:
http://www.discountedheating.co.uk/s...in_Mersey.html It might be more
informative than your plumber.

It appears that the 'Medway' is the preferred one for the shower capability.
I'm surprised that the 'Mersey' doesn't have a shower capability because
all the 'multipoints' I've used over the past 25 years have been OK with a
shower because they work directly off mains water pressure.

Cic.


  #3   Report Post  
Old May 27th 04, 10:32 PM
Andy Evans
 
Posts: n/a
Default URGENT - install Main Medway or Mersey???

I spoke again to my plumber - seems the main thing is that the Mersey is still
in production, while the Medway was discontinued 3months ago. He further said
that the only difference between the models was that the Medway had a flow rate
control at the heater (rather than at the tap), and noted that this was in
reality a rheostat rather than a thermostat. And so, being a flow rate
inhibitor you could achieve the same thing by turning the tap further on or
off. I suppose, therefore, that Baxi deleted the Medway since the Mersey was
doing the same job in practice. Is all this correct? Andy

=== Andy Evans ===
Visit our Website:- http://www.artsandmedia.com
Audio, music and health pages and interesting links.
  #4   Report Post  
Old May 27th 04, 11:25 PM
Colin Wilson
 
Posts: n/a
Default URGENT - install Main Medway or Mersey???

I have a plumber coming tomorrow, Friday, to install a Mersey to replace the 25
yr old Medway I currently have. He says the Mersey is better for my needs, but
the Medway is more expensive and appears to offer the possibility of using a
shower off it. Should I install a Medway or Mersey? Help - only a few hours to
go. Andy


I had a Medway that only lasted about 11 years - it had frequent problems
with lighting / staying lit, and then developed a leak (think it might
have been a holed diaphragm, but it was intermittent ?!?) - I could get a
shower out of it (restricted to about 6lpm), but to be fair, unless you
never want to have a bath i`d avoid multipoints altogether and get
something with a higher flow rate !

--
Please add "[newsgroup]" in the subject of any personal replies via email
--- My new email address has "ngspamtrap" & @btinternet.com in it ;-) ---
  #5   Report Post  
Old May 28th 04, 10:57 AM
Christian McArdle
 
Posts: n/a
Default URGENT - install Main Medway or Mersey???

I have a plumber coming tomorrow, Friday, to install a Mersey to replace
the 25
yr old Medway I currently have.


Consider fitting a cheap combi boiler instead. If you choose well, you don't
have to attach radiators to it, although the plumbing will be more
complicated due to the primary circuit. A combi will provide better hot
water performance and better energy efficiency at the expense of size and
some complexity. You can run radiators off it too, if you ever find you need
to.

Christian.




  #6   Report Post  
Old May 28th 04, 07:43 PM
Andy Evans
 
Posts: n/a
Default URGENT - install Main Medway or Mersey???

Thanks to all - got another Medway in the end, easy to fit the existing
installation. Looks fine.

=== Andy Evans ===
Visit our Website:- http://www.artsandmedia.com
Audio, music and health pages and interesting links.
  #7   Report Post  
Old June 2nd 04, 12:09 PM
Andrew Gabriel
 
Posts: n/a
Default URGENT - install Main Medway or Mersey???

In article ,
ohawker (Andy Evans) writes:
I spoke again to my plumber - seems the main thing is that the Mersey is still
in production, while the Medway was discontinued 3months ago. He further said
that the only difference between the models was that the Medway had a flow rate
control at the heater (rather than at the tap), and noted that this was in
reality a rheostat rather than a thermostat. And so, being a flow rate
inhibitor you could achieve the same thing by turning the tap further on or
off. I suppose, therefore, that Baxi deleted the Medway since the Mersey was
doing the same job in practice. Is all this correct? Andy


Looking at their website, it looks like the Medway, Mersey, and Thames
no longer exist. They now have just one unit which would appear to be
the Medway in functionality, although not in name.

The Thames was the fully Thermostatic one. I think the Medway was more
than just a flow control, but does not respond so well to fluctuating
input water pressure. The Mersey just relied on you adjusting the flow
rate at the tap for temperature control, but had a fixed flow restrictor
to limit the max flow. (I might have the Mersey and Medway the wrong way
round, but the Thames was definately the top of the range of the three.)

Going back over the years, they have changed the model names -- I had
a Main Medina IIRC which was probably circa 1980, which was equivalent
to the Mersey. They were designed to be replaceable/upgradable without
changing the flue -- the Medway has alternate mounting holes designed
to enable it to mount on the Medina's flue.

There is also a fanned flue version now, which they didn't used to do
AFAIK.

--
Andrew Gabriel


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
boiler / central heating problem - main burner weak and cuts out SledgehammerSteve UK diy 8 March 16th 04 12:32 PM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 11:45 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004-2021 DIYbanter.
The comments are property of their posters.
 

About Us

"It's about DIY & home improvement"

 

Copyright © 2017