Why redesign a good thing?

With tap water being available for more than 100 years now, most people know how to access it, and an ideal design seem to have emerged: two faucets, one for hot water, one for the cold, feeding a single output pipe. Easy to adjust the temperature, easy to adjust the flow. What’s not to like!

But apparently some designers just can’t go a day without spoiling a good thing. Check out this contraption, for example:

Combined-control faucet

Combined-control faucet

The single lever controls both the flow and the temperature – as you rotate the lever counter-clockwise, the temperature increases, but the flow increases only up to the middle point, then decreases again somewhat. Peak flow comes at a fairly comfortable “almost hot” temperature point.
As a result, you can’t get, say, a strong stream of cold water, or, if your personal temperature sweet spot is different from the designer’s, you can’t get the full flow of your favorite temperature.

This is of course a much better design still than this invention of a sadistic mind:

freezes or burns?

What's your thing: freezes or burns?

Either burn your hands with 100% hot water or freeze them with 100% cold water. No mixing, mixing is for pussies! The best you can do is move your hands frantically between the hot and cold streams. Burn-freeze-burn-freeze-burn-freeze. Don’t forget the soap, chap!

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3 Responses

  1. I would suspect that the flow/temp design should be doing this:

    Off -> Full Cold -> Full Hot/Cold -> Full Hot

    Equivalently, rotating from off, it would be same as turning on cold all the way, then turning on hot all the way, then turning off cold.

    So you can fully control the pressure of cold water, but beyond that you have no pressure control.

    For a shower I can kind of see this making sense. Do people ever use anything but full pressure in the shower?

  2. Well, I enjoy taking a bath once in a while (I mean, actually lying in the bathtub with hot water, reading) and the problem is that water gets cold too soon, so I may want to keep hot (warm) water running a little to maintain the overall temperature.

  3. For just 15K at Costco you will have what you are looking for: a bubble-jet bathtub with everything controlled by Linux-based computer and even with built-in underwater speakers designed for iPod. Four mid-size asses easily fit the gadget with great comfort 😀

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