Things you just don't get

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  1. LawrenceMD

    LawrenceMD Senior member

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    separate hot and cold faucets in a sink/bathtub. :fu:
     


  2. otc

    otc Senior member

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    I could understand it in a bathtub (well not really understand, but could deal with)

    But I don't get it when they use them in sinks.
     


  3. Gibonius

    Gibonius Senior member

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    Seems like you'd get scaldingly hot water out of the hot tap.
     


  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Or 32.1 degree water. Take your pick.
     


  5. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    I can remember a bathroom sink having a mixed faucet was pretty impressive to me. All the old houses I grew up in had the separate faucets.
     


  6. Pennglock

    Pennglock Senior member

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    I have a couple of theories about the 2-faucet thing. Neither of which apply to modern times.

    1. When indoor plumbing first came along people were not used to the concept of running water/wasting water. They filled a basing for their toilet needs, and the faucets arent a hinderance to that.

    That still wouldnt explain they chose to install 2 peice of hardware. So here's a better guess:

    2. Hot water heaters in those days didnt use a pump. Ive seen shots of turn-of-the-century houses where the water heater was in the attic and operated by gravity. This would produce much less pressure than the main water line, so a convenient way to get around balancing that pressure to get enough hot water is 2 faucets.

    Any plumbers on board have a real explanation?
     


  7. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    I am an amateur plumber but I believe this explanation is accurate. Many times in ye oldern days the cold and the hot water had different pressure. It stuck around because that's what many people's old sinks had installed so you couldn't replace just the faucet you would have to replace the whole sink.

    Also we had one of these in the house I lived in during elementary school.

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    32.1 degrees, just under body temp.
     


  9. L'Incandescent

    L'Incandescent Senior member

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    I am very happy it's not my body that is 32.1 degrees. Brrrr.
     
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  10. Gibonius

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    Neat. I learned something today!
     


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  12. LawrenceMD

    LawrenceMD Senior member

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    32.1ÂșC as a body temp? you're well into hypothermia and probably already calculating time of death if a pathologist/detective/CSI guy.
     


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    32.1 C = 89.78 F
     


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    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Damn you metric system, why must you make so much sense?!
     


  15. otc

    otc Senior member

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    But most hot water heaters now still don't use a pump right? It's just water pressure from the input pushing the hot water out?

    I've certainly never heard a pump kick in.
     


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