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Day 26/365: Friday's Unscientific Poll: Taps [20180126|12:55]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Poll #2077551 Taps, or British Things That Still Bother Me After More Than a Decade

When I am at a basin/sink, I prefer for there to be

A single adjustable tap
Separate taps for hot and cold water

If there are two taps, I expect the hot tap to be on the side I reach with my

Left hand
Right hand

Separate taps???

I know. WHYYY
Yes. What's wrong with that?

[User Picture]From: lorigami
2018-01-26 15:39 (UTC)
wait, do you mean two separate spigots where hot comes out of one and cold comes out of the other, or do you mean one spigot, but separate hot and cold adjusters?

Because the first? no. I've had that in old apartments and it's a pain. BUT I currently have multiple sinks where there is no way to drip both hot and cold at the same time, because of the single adjuster. That has resulted in multiple instances of burst pipes and makes me see red at whoever came up with this stupid idea.

Edited at 2018-01-26 03:39 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-01-26 20:40 (UTC)
I meant separate spigots. It especially bothers me when I go to wash my hands, and I get to choose between "ice cold paws" and "flayed skin".

I quite like it in the bath though, because pouring bubble bath into the stream of boiling hot water produces very satisfying results indeed.
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[User Picture]From: daphnep
2018-01-26 18:31 (UTC)
In the apartment we had prior to our current house, our bathroom had a small sink with separate taps. I still, 8 years later, think of that, and what a pleasure it is to be able to make the water warm-but-not-burning before washing my face. I totally get it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-01-26 21:20 (UTC)
Yes. In order to do that, I have to fill the basin, rather than run the water for a couple of seconds. *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2018-01-29 08:25 (UTC)
I had to laugh at 'I expect the hot tap to be on the side I reach with my left hand/right hand' - in Turkey not only does one not have any expectation about this, one also does not have any expectation about whether the blue tap is cold or hot, versus the red tap being cold or hot. The hot water could be any combination of left/right/red/blue, and sometimes if it's a twisty tap (which separate ones often are), you can't even guarantee that it's going to be lefty-loosey/righty-tighty. The cold water might very well be a righty-loosey red tap, you just have to experiment and keep an open mind. :-D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-01-29 11:05 (UTC)
Hoo boy. That sounds like a not-fun lottery to be playing with when groggy of an early morning, or when slightly pished at a bar.
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2018-01-29 11:26 (UTC)
Heh, well most bars I'd be drinking at would have ultra-modern European-style facilities. Mostly it's when you're at someone's house and it's an older house, or sometimes you find that kind of thing in more traditional restaurants that have been around forever. The way it happens is that when one of the taps breaks, instead of buying a new one you might have some leftovers lying around from the last time you bought taps, and who knows what colour they might be, you don't really care, you just need a tap. You'll probably use the right colour if you have it, but you might not.

I have an older house and my sink taps are both red hahahaaa, but it doesn't matter because only one of them is hooked up to anything, the other is just dry. Hot water in sinks is another thing I have no expectations about. The only place I absolutely expect hot water is in a shower, and even then in an older house one might have to think ahead and flip the switch half an hour in advance to heat a tank of water (not an issue at my house because I have an electric shower, so there's hot water on demand forever).
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