Hi, I recently moved into a building in NYC that is 3 stories tall.
I'm on the 2nd floor. Nearly every time I take a shower I am
alternately scalded and then frozen. These are not slow temperature
changed but are rather sudden and pose a risk to me because I have to
jump out of the way or risk getting burned.
I'm preparing a letter along with a log of the dates, times, and # of
times I have been burned or frozen. For the heck of it I thought I
throw in a possible solution. I have seen that there are shower
setups that regulate the water temp at the level of the shower output.
Do these really work? If so, what is a good, expensive, model that
I'll be happy with?
I'm pretty sure I've seen ads for those things that screw on the outlet of
the faucet. I personally don't see how they could possibly work, given that
the hot and cold water are already mixed together at this point. Look into
mixing or tempering devices that will replace the shower faucet or temper
the water going into it.
New shower faucets are required by law to have an anti-scald device built
into the faucet. My brand of choice is Delta. However, any NEW shower
faucet will have the anti-scald feature. If money is no object I would
recommend the Delta 1824 for showers, comes with a built-in body spray
On 01/22/04 email@example.com write in part:
Incorrect......Anti-Scald is not a requirement. Thermal shock IS the concern.
Thermal shock being defined along the lines of: a surprise caused by sudden
changes in water temperature, warmer or colder, than the valve was orginally
"Pressure Balancing" or "thermostatic blending" shower or Tub/Shower valves are
required in new installatios WHERE the recently published major plumbing codes
have been adopted. Not every corner of the U.S. and certainly not the world are
covered by plumbing codes.
Once again you're INCORRECT. Delta still lists (as of Jan 5, 2004) 2 and 3
handle shower or tub/shower sets that are not pressure balancing (2600 and 2800
series). Price Pfister and Moen still make valves that would not meet the
requirements for thermal shock protection.
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