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Re: Use of vintage pedestal sinks

Postby brian89gp on Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:47 pm

I vote for single outlet faucet, by whatever means will work. Seperate taps is a safety problem in my house where the water heaters are turned up high enough to burn skin. Plus, I don't want to have to plug the sink and fill it up every time I want warm water.
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Re: Use of vintage pedestal sinks

Postby angolito on Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:10 pm

i have one of those 1920's with the faucet part of the sink.

that said, i don't think any one should have their water turned up so high that it could scald. what about visitors or children? not good.
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Re: Use of vintage pedestal sinks

Postby melissakd on Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:55 pm

A blast of hot water from an old faucet motivated Al Moen to invent the single-handle mixing faucet.

Reducing the factory pre-set temperature on water heaters has been a major public-health success story with significant reductions in scald injury rates, seriousness and mortality.

But, Angolito, when I was looking it up just now, I found that there is concern over bacterial infection, specifically Legionnaires' disease! It needs more study, but for now, some are suggesting that hot water be held in the tank at the old higher temperature, then delivered at the lower temp through an anti-scald device.

And so once again the law of unintended consequences ensures that our good deeds come back to bite us on the ankle. :roll:

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Re: Use of vintage pedestal sinks

Postby angolito on Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:06 pm

..... lol or the study could be funded by either the manufacturer of the device or the never ending hot water heaters group!!!!!!!! :D :D :D
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Re: Use of vintage pedestal sinks

Postby brian89gp on Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:31 pm

angolito wrote:i have one of those 1920's with the faucet part of the sink.

that said, i don't think any one should have their water turned up so high that it could scald. what about visitors or children? not good.


I do it for dish washing and to make sure I don't have anything growing in the tank.

Even going by the accepted standard of 125* for the WH, it can still burn the skin of a child. Having it hotter only makes it take less time.
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Re: Use of vintage pedestal sinks

Postby brian89gp on Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:36 pm

angolito wrote:..... lol or the study could be funded by either the manufacturer of the device or the never ending hot water heaters group!!!!!!!! :D :D :D


http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/03 ... r-safe.php
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Re: Use of vintage pedestal sinks

Postby cberhomengarden on Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:02 pm

Back to the use of the separate hot & cold taps. I had those on my bathroom sinks when I lived in France. Since I was not so keen on filling up the sink to wash my hands, I would turn both the hot and cold faucets on and fill up my hands with cold water, then move them over to the hot tap. Voila, warm water. I got good at it after a while. However, I much prefer a single mixed hot/cold tap.

Regarding the hot water heater issue: In an effort to save money, and also to prevent scalding of our kids, we had our hot water heater lowered to the "A" temperature setting (it doesn't say on my unit the temperature correlated to the letters). However, we've found that once it got cold outside this winter, we had very little actual *hot* water. It would be gone after 2 minutes in the shower. So we moved it back up to the "B" setting.

Yes, it can scald, but we're careful about the kids and do warn any visitors. I'm guessing once it warms up a bit in the spring we'll be able to lower it down in between 'A' & 'B' as the need for a really hot shower goes down in the warmer months.

Interesting info about the Legionnaires' disease. Thanks.
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Re: Use of vintage pedestal sinks

Postby melissakd on Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:37 pm



Snort! Highlights:

The article implies Americans don't care if people die
It casts aspersions on the EnergyStar program (OHW whipping boy)
A commenter makes a crack about how litigious Americans are

:)

It was a really good discussion though.

I suppose the balance of the wisdom is, adjust according to your own situation: consider your own water source, your local water treatment techniques, your family's susceptibility to infection, and your family's susceptibility to scalding.

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Re: Use of vintage pedestal sinks

Postby lecadec38 on Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:02 am

eperot wrote:I would do it in a heartbeat for a half-bath, but for our everyday main bath we went with a new serpentine console sink with a widespread faucet. It looks classic, though not as "authentic" as some fuller ball single taps. :)
Another consideration is that over the years the use of a bathroom sink has changed somewhat Monte escalier électrique. Lots of people used to wash their hair in sinks before daily showers were popular, so you might notice that vintage sinks have a much lower height. Often about 30" tall, I have found our sink set around 35" is more comfortable to use on a daily basis.
Things to think about.

Now we have all the styles and kits built with different materials. It's good for the competition I find.
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