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Metal Thieves Now Steal Loos

February 13, 2012 in Off Topic, Toilets

Not a day goes by, seemingly, without hearing about metal thieves inconveniencing others or even risking lives when they take metal that doesn’t belong to them. The London Olympics apparently could see spectators delayed based on the fact that the local rail network sees thefts every day. Electricity networks and even gas supplies are regularly disrupted by people stealing piping and cables. The government has noticed the problem exists and is considering legislation to combat it. Of course, the problem is driven by the relatively high price of scrap metal and people feeling the need to make quick money.

In Ohio, USA, the problem has even spread to public toilets and the cloakroom suites in restaurants and bars: thieves are stealing plumbing and fixtures to weigh it in and causing damage that far exceeds what they could possibly hope to get from the scrap metal merchant. Police in the state, specifically the Upper Arlington police division, are investigating a string of thefts in the central part of Ohio in a number of different businesses.

Heather Galli, a community relations/crime prevention officer with the Ohio police says that the thefts have happened in a number of cities and has urged citizens to be alert and report any suspicious behaviour. One of the thefts took place on the 21st of January, where a thief actually managed to steal a copper urinal fixture from a restaurant. It’s hard to understand how someone could successfully manage to remove one of them and carry it out of the building without anyone noticing, but it is a sign of the scale of the problem that someone has managed to do so and then get away with it.

Of course, it isn’t just the fact that people are getting away with such thefts, or the damage that they cause (one assumes that it is causing flooding in the affected businesses), or even the cost of replacement or inconvenience to the other patrons that these crimes cause that is most striking: it is the health risk and sheer unpleasantness of the act of stealing a urinal. Who actually disconnects a urinal and then carries it out, with it dripping on them?

Hopefully, this will be a trend that doesn’t make its way across to Britain, but with the high price that scrap metal is currently commanding and people’s willingness to steal scrap, regardless of risk, inconvenience and morality, it is something that could be happening here. However, this seems to be something that is specific to unoccupied properties or high foot traffic areas, rather than private residences. You don’t have to go chaining up your bathroom just yet.

Getting Creative With Bathroom Furniture

February 9, 2012 in Bathroom Furniture, Guides

It is quite common for homeowners to choose to redesign their bathroom after they have lived there for a couple of years. After all, this is usually the time that they discover that the storage solutions for their bathroom are not what they had hoped. This is why many people turn to bathroom furniture as a way to save space in the bathroom. After all, nobody wants to come into their bathroom only to discover that there is shampoo and conditioner as well as hairspray bottles lying all over the place. Instead, they want to make sure that all of these items are securely put away so that they do not have to look at them. This is why many people turn to vanity units as a way to put items out of sight. Of course, you want to make sure that you have enough space in your bathroom for this item before you go ahead and make the purchase.

There are plenty of different sizes and styles available. It is all going to depend on what you are looking for. Whether you are looking for something that is wood, chrome, or even plastic. Any one of these is going to look absolutely amazing. It all depends on the taste that you have for your home. Make sure the furniture you pick matches with your existing bathroom suite and fittings whether you have one of our many shower bath suites, separates or even a bathroom built around one of our freestanding baths.

The next thing that you want to keep in mind is the fixtures on your washbasin as well as your towel holders that are hanging on the wall. If you are careful with your choosing, you can tie everything perfectly together. Of course, this may take some time because you will have to shop around and make sure that you are making the best possible choices.

After you have found everything that you would like to use, you are going to want to complete the look with tiny fixtures such as door handles and light switches. This is something else that comes in a wide variety. The most important thing that you can do for yourself is to shop around and make the best choice the first time.

Last but not least, you need to keep in mind the amount of cash that you have in your budget. Of course, we all have a budget that we need to stick to. Because of this, there are plenty of light fixtures as well as other bathroom accessories that come in many shapes and sizes. It is comforting to know that we can easily create a beautiful bathroom if we are willing to get creative.