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Evolution of Toiletsinks

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Wanna see a badly designed toilet? Come to England. Unlike in the rest of Europe, many toilets here don’t have a mixing tap but two separate taps for warm and cold water. Or rather, boiling hot and freezingly cold water. I made a pic for you of a specially ridiculous version of such a sink.

First off, it’s impossible to have a nice water temperate because it’s either cold or really (really) hot. To make things worse, you can’t just turn it on a little bit — it’s either on full thrust at 115% or off. Also the 115% are on for only 3 seconds. So you end up with one hand burned, the other hand full of soap and water spilled all over your shirt.
The experienced sink-users can be recognised as those who try to somewhat awkwardly rinse off the soap quickly from one hand. While the other hand tries to prevent the crazy tap from going into rocket-engine-mode.

The water splatters on the pic below are from turning the cold water on only once:


Written by jk

April 19, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Posted in english, London, UK

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  1. My guess is the point in those is to put the plug there and load the basin full of water, while juggling the taps to get suitable temperature. Then wash in order: face, hands, etc.

    Meanwhile, the (rest of the) civilized world uses a clever system where the hot + cold pipes are connected into one gizmo which has the water mixer – one handle controls the temperature! Amazing, and very space-age.


    April 19, 2008 at 4:26 pm

  2. the sink troubles may be true…but the english have such cute accents that it cancels out any bathroom faucet design follies that they may be responsible for.


    April 21, 2008 at 10:11 pm

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