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Tap dancing...

Does anyone else have taps that differ in style and use throughout their home?
In the bathroom and upstairs bedroom the hot is on the left but the other way round in the kitchen.
The bath and kitchen have mixer taps but sink and upstairs don't.
The bathroom taps turn in different directions: right for turning the hot on and left for turning on the cold. But the kitchen and upstairs are both left turn for on Crazy

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Re: Tap dancing...

The hot tap should always be on the left. (9 years working with a master plumber).
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Re: Tap dancing...

Mine all are - they had better be as I fitted most of them
Re turning for on - with ceramic taps they normally turn to on in a way which is unlikely to happen accidentally when knocked
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The hot tap should always be on the left. (9 years working with a master plumber).

By convention, yes, but there's no law that stipulates this!  Wink
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Re: Tap dancing...

In an office I go to the taps on the sinks in the toilets in two adjacent cubicles are the opposite way round. That is just plain sloppy plumbing!
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Convention should be followed during installation for the benefit of the blind for example.
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I haven't seen taps with a raised H or C on them for years and no other discernible marking for hot or cold so that can make it difficult for blind people to find the right tap if convention is not being met.

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Re: Tap dancing...

Here is a nice pair of taps.... dancing ... !... and neither run hot or cold !..



Scroll thru to 2:11 for the start of the dance !...
And video of Thalia doing the song... Piel Morena  




The lady, Miriam Hernandez, is a Chilean, singer songwriter, who is taking the mickey (?) out of another famous Mexican singer songwriter, Thalia.( she actually danced with Pres Obama at one of her concerts). both of whom are in the top ten of Latin American music entertainment.
Video of Thalia     (worth a watch ! !!   Shocked )

Video of Miriam Hernandez....   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZHTOayRr6k
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The bathroom taps turn in different directions: right for turning the hot on and left for turning on the cold.

This configuration is sometimes called "hospital" and is often used for lever type handles. Seen in large scale in operating theatre wash rooms by surgeons etc who shouldn't touch the taps with their hands after washing but by pushing the levers with forearms, its then easier if both taps close into the middle.
I purchased a pair (from Homebase so not a specialist outlet) of replacement barrels for my bathroom sink taps that were fitted with levers rather than "knobs", and was surprised to find they were "handed" to turn on/off in different directions.
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Not fussed about the style of taps to be honest but we've been having no end of problems with them dripping in the bathroom.
We replaced them both on the sink last year the old ones got so bad. The handle on one snapped off and we'd already tried a new washer so the taps had to be replaced. A year later and the new ones won't turn off properly either - and thats with the pipe having been ground down too  Roll eyes Both the hot and cold now no longer drip, they run under the tap arm and then down into the sink. So much for new taps!
Bath taps are just the same, the cold does turn off (new valve) but the hot continues dripping. The hot also had a new valve but that made no flipping difference  Angry
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Re: Tap dancing...

Matching taps throughout the house with the exception of the kitchen which is a mixer type.
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Re: Tap dancing...

SWMBO only likes mixer taps whereas I prefer separate.

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@7up
That is the reason I changed all our taps to ceramic having tried regrinding the seat without much success.
Actually that isn't quite accurate - the outside tap is the normal type incorporating a reverse flow check valve as per the legal requirements and I replaced that last year and reground the seat in the old one for when the new one starts dripping as it surely will  Sad
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At the moment OJ we can't even think about using taps like that - we're a bit stretched lol. Plus the bath tap is a mixer so no doubt expensive! Cheers for the tip though  Wink
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I purchased a pair (from Homebase so not a specialist outlet) of replacement barrels for my bathroom sink taps that were fitted with levers rather than "knobs", and was surprised to find they were "handed" to turn on/off in different directions.

TG I saw this. Just got a pair of replacement ceramic valves for the kitchen. Never even though about L/R handedness so I just got two the same.  Cheesy  Shocked
Well, I've just ordered another of the opposite hand to make a pair!  Roll eyes
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