Faucet knob changes direction

The single knob on my bathroom faucet cracked in half, so I replaced it. Simple enough. But now I have to turn it left for cold and right for hot. How in the world did that happen?
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Harlan Messinger wrote:

Sounds like a MOEN. Take the knob off. Turn the cartridge shaft 180 degrees. Replace the knob.
Jim
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Yes. At least the new knob is--I don't know about the faucet.

It worked, thanks. I had misunderstood the mechanism--I had thought that the protuberance that limits the rotation of the knob was actually the thing that rotated *with* the knob.
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How did the left for hot, right for cold arrangement ever come about anyway? I thought that the US military (among others, perhaps) long ago determined that the only logical arrangement is for controls to increase the level of whatever is being controlled (e.g., volume, frequency, *temperature*) as a knob is turned clockwise or as a slider is moved up or to the right.
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Minnie Bannister wrote:

I dunno, but for several years, I lived in a place where the sink was reversed. No problem, I got used to it by the end of a week (it's not like hot water came IMMEDIATELY anyway).
But that time has screwed my habits up forever. When I'm sleep, who knows which one I'll turn to get hot water. Half the time, it's the wrong one.
Quite annoying.
Change bad.
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I once stubbed out pipes for a laundry tub in the basement backwards. Said, 'no problem, I'll remember'. Nope, doesn't work that way. I finally had to do a criss/cross plumbing job to get them back right. Lifetime habits are hard to break.
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htp://forums.invision.net/Thread.cfm?CFApp=2&Thread_ID437&mc! #Message110513
How come the colds on the right and the hots on the left?
You use the sink, dont you? Hey, who doesnt? You want to wash up so you reach down with your right hand and turn on the cold water. You ever wonder why the colds on the right and the hots on the left? That used to trouble me (I have a lot of time on my hands!) so I went to the library and did some research. Heres what I found out.
Back in the days before there was indoor plumbing people used to have to walk out to a well and dip a bucket on the end of a long rope down into the water. Theyd then have to hump that heavy bucket of water back up to the house and heat some of it on the ol wood stove to make hot water. It was quite a chore.
As time went by, they brought the water indoors by way of pipes and a hand pump, which they installed next to the kitchen sink. They placed the hand pump on the right side of the sink because (you guessed it!) most people are right-handed.
When they eventually got around to bringing water mains into homes, they put the cold water faucet on the right for the same reason most folks are right-handed. If these people wanted hot water, they still had to heat it on the ol wood stove because few homes had boilers or water heaters in those days.
Anyway, when the water heaters and boilers eventually arrived on the scene the plumbers had to put the hot water faucet on the left because the cold was already on the right.
Got all of that so far? Wonderful!
Now, if the colds on the right because most folks are right-handed, and the hots on the left because that space happened to be available, how come the flusher on the toilet is on the left? If most people are right- handed, shouldnt the flusher be on the right?
Now, theres something to think about, eh?
Heres what I learned at the library.
The plumbers first started to install toilet bowls inside peoples homes during a time when most folks were still sitting in outhouses. Theres no plumbing in an outhouse just a wooden seat, some corncobs or the old Sears catalog, and a very nasty hole in the ground. People did their business and got out of that stinking place as quickly as possible for reasons Im sure you can well understand. They didnt hang out reading the Sears catalog. Nor did they stand up to take a gander at what Mother Nature had wrought. They just got up and got out.
When the plumbing moved indoors, folks were no more inclined to examine their droppings than they were in the days of the outhouse. They just wanted to flush and get the heck out of there. The early toilets had pull chains connected to overhead water tanks, not flushers, as we know them today. Since most folks are right-handed, and since they wanted to flush while still seated, the pull chain went on the right (which looks like the left when youre standing in front of it). Make sense? Another mystery solved!
But wait; theres more.
If the colds on the right because most folks are right-handed, and if the flushers on the right (even though it seems to be on the left) for the same reason, how do we then explain the urinal?
That flusher on the urinal is definitely on the left, isnt it? How come?
I went back to the library and learned that its on the left because most guys are right-handed!
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This is all eminently sensible, and I appreciate the information.

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That's something I'd never have thought of, and very interesting. Thanks.

Now that's funny. It seems dependent on whether men flush before or after zipping up, and I'm an "after" kind of guy so I never would have thought of it. Excellent detective work!
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It is. If you are sitting and reading the morning paper, you'd probably reach around with your right arm to do an interim flush or two.
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On some types of single knob faucets, if the valve stem is turned 180 degrees this will happen. Remove the knob, turn the stem 180 degrees and reinstall the knob, and it will probably be back to normal.
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