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
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?
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.)
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.
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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