Sunday, 24 February 2013

New website for David Ray Plumber Weston super Mare

I am pleased to announce a new website for David Ray Plumber Weston super Mare created by Melanie Cook, web designer / developer at design-star*

To read more about David and his plumbing services please take a look via the link below:

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Pipe, Copper or Plastic??

A long running debate is the choice between copper and plastic pipe,
My choice would be copper every time, but if a customer would prefer plastic then plastic I will fit!

Many plumbers now days use plastic push fit pipe and fittings, I assume because it is a little quicker to install hence they can finish the job quicker and make more money, Or do the right thing and charge the customer a little less because it takes a little less time to do.
 However I find it just as expensive, less tidy, and although a little quicker, still not that fast compared to copper as some claim. Unless its a massive job pricing comparisons show very little difference to me.

Plastic has been tried and tested and I've done quite a few installations with it myself all of which have been totally fine, but I much prefer the tidy look and finish of copper pipe and the confidence I have from using it so many years now.

I suppose at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference, and remember it's the quality of the tradesman and his work that will shine through in the end, more so than the pipe they use.

As always questions at or call me on 07754439890.
Hope this was of help to you,
Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Where to buy your Plumbing materials?

Plumbing materials can be purchased from many places and are generally more expensive than people think, however looking in the right places for certain items can save you money, but you must always remember when something is significantly cheaper in one place compared to another you might be making a sacrifice in quality. Brand names that you know and trust or ones that are recommended to you by reliable people are normally the best way to go.

Plumbers merchants.
Here is where I would normally buy any boilers, pipe or fittings and anything considered non everyday off the shelf items. Other items here are normally priced higher than other places but I do find the quality of what they sell is mostly superior.

DIY Stores.
Here I would normally buy or recommend the customer buy bathroom suites, taps, kitchen sinks. Generally good to look out for sales, some great deals can be found.

Screwfix, Toolstation, Argos.
Showers, bathroom suites, taps, radiators all at really cheap prices in these stores. Although depending on what you buy sometimes the quality can be a little poorer than in other places, again sticking with brand names you know and trust is normally the safest option.

If you are planning your plumbing project in advance, know exactly what you require and are are prepared to spend time online searching for deals, The internet is the best way to save yourself money. I would highly recommend you do your research first and again finding out what brands have a good reputation for quality and reliability can save you a lot of heartache in the future.

I hope this post might help you save some money and make sensible choices when purchasing materials for your next plumbing project.

As always if you have any questions or would like any advice please fell free to e-mail me at or call me on 07754439890.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Combating Poor Hot Water Pressure On Traditional Open Vented Systems.

Many customers that I deal with have problems with hot water pressure on their existing systems, there are many ways in which to deal with this. Here are some basic solutions which I would normally recommend.

If you have a traditional open vented boiler and cylinder set up and your hot water pressure is poor throughout your house, you might be turning on the taps at your kitchen sink or bathroom wash hand basin and finding it hard to get a nice temperature. This is because the cold mains pressure is far superior to your poor hot water pressure, in this case there are two possible solutions:

1. A new cylinder:
A modern day unvented cylinder balances the pressure from your cold main to give equal hot and cold pressure throughout your house. It also allows you to do away with the large cold water storage tank in your loft. The cost of these cylinders vary depending on the size and quality of the cylinder, but prices start from around £400. As for the time fitting one in most cases I would expect it to take one to two days labour, but no two situations are ever the same. Without looking at the individual job it would be unprofessional of me to give an exact time scale or estimate.

2. A whole house hot water pump:
Provided your existing cylinder has enough water storage a whole house hot water pump can be fitted, pulling the hot water from your cylinder to provide better pressure at all your hot water outlets in your house. The cost of one of these pumps again like the cylinders varies depending on the flow rates and quality of the pump. Prices for these start from around £300. I would expect in most cases to fit one would take one day, again to estimate without looking at the job would be unprofessional of me.

Ok, so what if you are just getting poor hot water pressure from your shower mixer and the rest of the house is fine?

In this case you can have a shower only pump fitted. Prices on shower only pumps start from around £150 but again the quality of the pump and it performance will reflect in what you pay for it. These can be installed within a matter of hours, again each situation is different and as with all plumbing jobs looking at the task in hand is the only way to work out an estimate.

Those are typical situations, maybe your situation is different?
If you have any questions about improving your hot water pressure please feel free to email me ( or call me on 07754439890,

Thank you for reading, I hope the information provided is helpful to you.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Installation of a Grant Hot Water Cylinder

Installation of a Grant Duowave Unvented Indirect Dual Coil Hot Water Cylinder.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Welcome to my blog. Here you will be able to find out more about me, the services I offer and details of previous jobs in the plumbing and building industry.

About Me
I have been a professional plumber for 15 years - I started as a apprentice after leaving school at 16 in Dublin. I studied and passed my Plumbing Exams as part of a apprenticeship at the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Fas Training Centre in Cabra.

I worked for a large commercial & industrial engineering company called Lynskey's Engineering Limited for 5 years before moving to the UK in 2001. I worked for Williams Mechanical on a temporary contract plumbing a new build of 365 student accommodations in the centre of Bristol. My second job was for Thomas & Co (another temporary plumbing contract) on a refurbishment / conversion of the old tobacco factory in Bristol into luxury apartments. My third job was a permanent position as a plumber working on pre-fabricated bathroom pods with Offsite Solutions / Polybeam for 5 years. My fourth and final job before becoming self-employed was with the now liquidated company Bright Systems where I worked as a plumber on various commercial and domestic projects.

I also work with a qualified Gas Safe (CORGI) engineer, qualified builder and carpenter who also have between 10 and 40 years experience in the trade.

If you are looking for a reliable plumber at reasonable rates please contact me on 0775 4439 890 Open 24 hours (subject to availability) or

Plumbing Services Weston-super-Mare

Please see below for a full list of the Plumbing services I offer,
I carry out Repairs, Refurbishment and New Installations of the following:
  • Bathrooms (Planning, Design and Installation)
  • Wet Rooms
  • Showers
  • Baths
  • Basins
  • Toilets
  • Urinals
  • Bidets
  • Disabled Bathrooms
  • Jacuzzis
  • Kitchen Sinks
  • Outside Taps
  • Washing Machines
  • Dishwashers
  • Taps
  • Belfast Sinks
  • Radiators
  • Heated Towel Radiators
  • Cylinders
  • Pumps
  • Tanks
  • Cisterns
  • Saniflo's
  • Water Heaters
  • Immersion Heaters
  • Traps
  • Heating Systems
  • Leaks/ Burst Pipes
  • Overflows
  • Guttering
  • Drainage
  • Drinks/ Vending Machines
  • Copper Pipework
  • Steel Pipework
  • Waste Pipework
  • Soil Pipework
  • Plastic Pushfit Pipework
I can arrange for many other aspects of building work to be carried out for you through my extensive list of reliable qualified tradesmen who I have worked with over many years.

f you are looking for a reliable plumber at reasonable rates please contact me on 0775 4439 890 Open 24 hours (subject to availability) or e-mail