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13 August 2004 @ 11:50 pm
Everything but the kitchen sink  
There's something that has always bugged me.
Why is it, that in most older homes (this flat included), the bathroom and kitchen sink tap arrangements seem to be backwards?

What I mean is this:

The bathroom sink has two seperate faucets.

While the kitchen sink has only one faucet.

Although, not usually with such stunning stone work.

This, to me, is quite obviously backwards.

Most times when I'm using the kitchen sink, it is to wash the dishes.
Since I am filling the sink before using it, it doesn't matter if the hot and cold water come out of seperate faucets, since they will mix in the sink.

Most times when I am using the bathroom sink, it is to wash my hands.
I don't have time to fill the sink every time I need to wash my hands (not to mention the wasted water).
Therefore, I am washing my hands directly under the faucet.
Since there are seperate hot and cold faucets, I have two options: freeze my hands under the cold, or burn them under the hot.
Needless to say, I usually freeze them, although the hot generally gives you a small window of warm to work with.

Quite clearly, these sink arrangements are arse-backwards.

So, why is this the usual arrangement for most houses built, say, pre-1980s?
Did people in the past fill the sink every time they washed their hands?

What is the deal?
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Jacobyak_boy on August 13th, 2004 06:54 am (UTC)
And, yes, both those pictures are bathroom sinks, but I was just illustrating the layout of the faucets.
"Seep": Innocentmysscryss on August 13th, 2004 07:05 am (UTC)
Only kitchens I've ever seen only have one facet... well and bathrooms too....even way older ones...
Jacobyak_boy on August 13th, 2004 07:13 am (UTC)
Well, my bathroom sink looks very similar to the top sink above, except mine's pink.
Xhanthilast_reprise on August 13th, 2004 04:04 pm (UTC)
The last house I lived in was like this too. It's so frustrating. In winter I would brush my teeth and wash my face etc in the kitchen. I don't know why they do it.
Jacob: madnessyak_boy on August 14th, 2004 05:18 am (UTC)
It's an evil conspiracy of the secret society of Freeplumbers.
melbournian on August 13th, 2004 09:55 pm (UTC)
Seems odd that one is better than two.

Maybe once upon a time it was somehow easier to have two faucets, or they had yet to figure out the benifits of one faucet.

Whatever it is I like only having one faucet in all sinks. Sometimes with the two faucet bathroom sinks I run both at once alternating between freezing and burning my hands to wash them.
Jacobyak_boy on August 14th, 2004 05:24 am (UTC)
Too much effort for me.
I either freeze, or try and wash my hands really fast in the small window of warm, before the hot tap becomes scalding.
melbournian on August 14th, 2004 05:36 am (UTC)
I generally use two faucet sinks when I am away doing army stuff, and my hands often end up filthy enough to really need the hot water.

In the bathroom I use here there is one faucet, though it is a long way from the water heater, so there is a lot of cold water, and a big pressure drop off. Unless my hands are really fithly it is another case of too much effort, and take one of the options you do.

I think my hands get the best wash when I have a shower. Showers are so much better than any washbasins.
Kitty: Pinkmoorekittie on August 14th, 2004 12:13 am (UTC)
I live in a house that is 100 years old and while I don't have the one and two faucet problem. I have the problem of the hot and cold taps being on the opposite side to most normal houses. It's really frustrating because it usually means that I burn or freeze my hands when I go to other peoples houses.
Jacobyak_boy on August 14th, 2004 05:28 am (UTC)
When my mum had her house built, the hot and cold taps in her shower were reversed.

However, since this is an illegal installation, they had to actually dismantle the brick wall behind the shower and fix the plumbing.

Since your house is so old it's too late to blame the original plumber, but I'd be intrigued to know whether this was an issue if/when the house is ever sold.
Kittymoorekittie on August 15th, 2004 04:19 am (UTC)
Is it really illegal? Wow, I never knew that.

Yeah, that's a good point. We didn't even notice until we had moved in. We're planning on selling soon, so I'll let you know. =)
Jacobyak_boy on August 15th, 2004 05:02 am (UTC)
Well, it's a building requirement that the taps be around the right way.

I'm not sure if it's required after the fact, like if you're selling, so that's why I'm interested to know.
Kittymoorekittie on August 15th, 2004 05:05 am (UTC)
Ahh, perhaps it wasn't a requirement 100 years ago?
Jacobyak_boy on August 15th, 2004 05:10 am (UTC)
That's a fair bet.