On Tue, 13 Sep 2005 17:27:31 GMT, not firstname.lastname@example.org (Beachcomber) wrote:
:>I'm a fan of single handle faucets, because they separate the
:>functions of flow control and temperature adjustment.
:>Still, if you want traditional style, you want to go for dual handle,
:>The disadvantage is that, after letting the hot water arrive, you turn
:>up the cold, but then the flow rate is too high, so you turn down the
:>hot, but then the water is too cold, and so on.
:Why do homeowners force themselves, in the name of "style" to use
:fixtures which don't work well or are not up to modern standards? It
:took over a hundred years for the single handle faucet to evolve and
:it's a beautiful thing because with one hand and one motion, you can
:control both pressure and temperature, and have some idea of what's
:going to come out of the tap. If you really want to be
:"traditional", you would be installing one faucet for the hot water
:and one for the cold (or perhaps just the cold).
:It always amuses me when I visit my friends in San Francisco who have
:these $850,000 Victorian homes and they insist on having these period
:ugly, claw footed, hard to get into and clean bathtubs, awkward
:circular shower curtains that you can't avoid having touch your body
:(Yuck!), and downright kooky faucets that challenge visitors to get
:water to the shower head without dousing themselves with either
:scalding or freezing water.
:Another thing that I see a lot of is real glass shower enclosures.
:Glass is beautiful, but one place it definitely does not need to be is
:in the shower. It always looks great in a new home that's never been
:used before, but to keep it clean, some people jump through hoops with
:daily scrubbings and harsh chemicals to keep the soap scum off.
OK, what do you recommend for a shower enclosure? You despise plastic
curtains and glass. What do you like?