Why Do the Handles of the Hot and Cold Tap Turn in Different Directions?
Ever Wondered Why Mixer Faucet Handles Turn in Different Directions?
The handles of hot and cold taps turn in different directions to help prevent accidental scalding or burns. In most cases, the handle for the hot tap turns in a clockwise direction, while the handle for the cold tap turns in a counterclockwise direction.
This design is based on convention, and it is used to help people quickly and easily distinguish between hot and cold taps. By turning the handle in the correct direction, users can more easily control the flow and temperature of the water and avoid accidentally turning on the wrong tap. Additionally, this design helps to prevent scalding by ensuring that the hot tap is not accidentally turned on when someone is expecting cold water.
Which Side of the Faucet is Hot and Cold Water?
Traditionally, in most countries, the hot water tap is on the left side of the faucet, while the cold water tap is on the right side. This convention is based on the assumption that most people are right-handed, and it is easier to turn the right handle with the right hand and the left handle with the left hand. However, it is important to note that this convention is not universal, and the hot and cold taps can be on either side depending on the location and the design of the faucet.
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Different Types of Faucets and Their Handles
Single Lever Wall Mount Mixer
This hot and cold water tap has a single handle mostly on the faucet head. The handle has a 180-degree left and right operation for controlling the hot and cold temperature of the flow and the up and down operation of the handle controls the on/off of the flow.
Wall Mixer Non-Telephonic
The traditional wall mixers do not have any holder or mechanism to attach a showerhead with a hose. These are also called plain wall mixers. They have three handles – one for hot, one for cold and the handle in the middle controls the flow in the two outlets the wall mixer is connected to.
Brass Wall Mixer with Crutch
Also known as Telephonic Wall Mixer Faucet, these wall mixers include a hand-held showerhead that is attached to it via a flexible hose. In total this wall mixer has 4 levers/handles to control different functions – 2 levers for hot and cold flow, 1 in the middle to control the flow between the faucet and the overhead shower, and a tip ton button on the spout that controls the flow in the hand held shower.
Tall Body Basin Mixer
A tall body single lever basin mixer is a type of faucet that is designed for use with a basin or vessel sink that is mounted on top of a countertop or vanity. As the name suggests, it features a tall body that allows for easy access to the water flow and temperature controls. The single lever design allows for easy and precise control of the water flow and temperature, and it can be operated with one hand.
Sink Mixer with Swivel Spout
A sink mixer with swivel spout is a type of faucet that features a spout that can rotate or swivel, allowing for greater flexibility in directing the water flow. The swivel spout is typically attached to a single lever or two handles that control the water flow and temperature.