27 November, 2007


Do you prefer two separate faucets - one for hot and one for cold, or just one mixer tap-and-faucet arrangement?

Think carefully before you answer - much depends on it...


Blogger Icedink said...

Mixers more elegant but there is a tendancy for the handles to become loose. Good ones aren't cheap, so don't bother with B&Q.

4:22 pm  
Blogger dgny said...

Mixer, definitely.

5:46 pm  
Blogger FBT said...

no, no, no! one tap for cold, one for hot, is the correct answer

6:13 pm  
Blogger random.thoughts said...

I recommend separate taps all round since my recent installation of a combi condensing boiler has rendered all my mixer taps useless.

Rock and roll, my life, writing about mixer taps!

8:54 pm  
Blogger 962 said...

one tap for hot one tap for cold
even in the shower

If this was mastermind I could answer this as a specialist subject
Word recognition

1:10 am  
Blogger skinny said...

mixer for sure.

2:03 am  
Blogger dgny said...

Oh, wait, I was thinking you meant totally separate. I thought it was some weird British thing. I like two separate thingies to adjust the temp - one cold, one hot - that both feed into the same tube and come OUT all mixed up.

I hate those weird levers that pre-mix, I can never figure out which way is hot or cold.

3:31 am  
Blogger mango said...

mixer of course

it's a crazy arrangement to have boiling hot water coming out of one tap, and freezing cold out the other, rendering both unusable

7:07 am  
Blogger mango said...

oh wait, ala DG, please clarify

Do you mean separate controls for the hot and cold water, but the water comes out all mixed up in one tube? Or one mixer control and the water comes out of one tube? Or entirely separate, hot water comes out its own tube and cold water comes out its own tube?

Well, assuming the water comes out all mixed up in one tube, then I agree with icedink that mixers are more elegant, but separate hot and cold water controls (faucets?) are easier to use.

7:13 am  
Blogger FBT said...

I meant total separation - hot water comes out of one tap, cold out of the other. I hate mixer taps. They don't work. You get an icy cold stream and a boiling hot stream mixed up in one flow but without the clarity of knowing which bit of the flow will scald or freeze your hand. When you turn on the tap, you don't know if there is no hot water, or if you just haven't got the mixer calibration right, because the stupid designer of the tap thought it would be really elegant not to indicate which way is hot and which is cold. Half the time in order to get a decent stream, you have to turn the tap onto boiling hot, as you turn it down towards cold, the stream dwindles to a pathetic trickle. Don't get me started on mixer taps. And I don't even see why people think they look elegant. They don't work. That's not elegance, that's...crap.

10:36 am  
Blogger mango said...

well then, definitely a mixer (as in one flow) but separate controls (for hot and cold) for easier control. I have used mixer taps that combine the water properly.

Even the single control mixers, when it works it's elegant, and I have come across ones that work.

3:02 pm  
Blogger dgny said...

I've never once had a flow that wasn't properly combined! Must be an English thing.

7:34 pm  
Blogger 962 said...

English plumbers are the best in the world
I agree with Phiz
and I would like to be at the top of the list
I agree with Phiz

1:21 am  
Blogger mango said...

Yes, it's an English thing, or possibly a British thing. I've had the not properly mixed flow in Scotland as well.

But then, it's the implementation that's at fault not the concept.

12:55 am  
Blogger dgny said...

Would make rinsing dishes a real chore!

3:52 am  
Blogger MacDuff said...

Whenever I hear 'faucet' I sneer.

3:16 pm  
Blogger FBT said...

the original complaint arose because in my (American) hotel room, I turned on the single tap. The water ran for a bit. It was cold. I could not tell whether it was cold because there was no hot water, or because I hadn't turned the dial round enough for the tap to think that I was asking for hot.

This is not a problem you get with separate hot and cold taps.

I am a very impatient person.

It is because I use up so much of my patience forcing myself to do my job each day, that I have no patience left for anything else.

11:20 pm  
Blogger Andrew said...

Separate taps please. Of course in Wales we don't have showers. We have a tin bath in front of the fire and a large jug of hot water and a large jug of cold. Hot and cold jugs..... now there IS a thought. DG?

8:36 am  
Blogger bobbie said...

Separate taps, one flow. Without a doubt. Separate flows are a pain in the ass when washing up

3:12 pm  
Blogger dgny said...

I'll leave the jugs to Fumier.

4:29 pm  
Blogger 962 said...

lucky fumier

12:53 am  

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