OT: Question for the Houstonians out there

I lived in Houston 1982 - 1987. The first house we rented (Lockshin Drive, west of Hwy. 6) had an odd feature that I've wondered about ever since:
The master bath had a bathtub and a separate shower enclosure. The shower had a regular shower head at the normal height. But it also had a bathtub spigot below the shower head. The spigot stuck out of the wall a 3-4", but was only ~2" above the floor.
WTF? What's it for?
-Zz
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How about running the water until if was of a suitable temperature. Maybe filling some container or something similar? Although, I do have to agree, 2" seems pretty weird.
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That's just enough space to get your toe under it. It might be so that people don't have to move anything or close a door while the shower warms up. (Could be a couple minutes with the football fields of pipe some builders seem to put between water heater and fixture.)
Can't be to protect the user from burns, because a burnt toe is going to be worse than a burnt hand. You don't have to stand on your hand. (And if your water heater is hot enough to burn you, it's way too hot.)
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On 2/24/2013 1:19 PM, Puckdropper wrote:

I live in Houston and typically that normal bath tub spigot/bib was 6~8 inches from the floor of the shower. In those cases it was to wash off your feet.
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On 2/24/2013 12:56 PM, Zz Yzx wrote:

Cleaning only your feet.
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Just your toes?
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It is fairly standard all across North America where they think to put one in. I know it to be called a toe-tester, rather than standing in a cold water shower, you run the water until your toes/foot feels it is warm enough to engulf your whole body with water. However, they are normally installed about 10 to 12 inches above the shower bottom to allow a pail to be filled for house cleaning, allowing the spout to be used for double duty. 2 inches is way too low, the installer probably plumbed it in before the shower base was installed and only measured from the sub-floor, but that would not make it high enough for pail filling. They didn't think it out.
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On 2/24/2013 2:34 PM, EXT wrote:

Where are you from? I have only seen a few. Certainly not fairly standard in North America. Testing the water temp with your toe/foot is ridiculous, why not simply feel the shower with your hand??? LOL
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Zz Yzx wrote:

You don't have much contact with Mohammadens I take it?
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