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April 11, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Bath temperature selection

Hpim0054Nicholas Mann writes:

While helping a friend move, we found this bath temperature selector in the bathroom. Why on earth would a company ever label a temperature selection "scalding?"


Maybe they're supporting torture? Definitely broken.


Posted by: evanseeds at April 11, 2007 12:39 AM

LMAO That's great! Perhaps they wanted to ensure the consumer that it's (for sure) the hottest water setting possible. Of course, the label depends on the water heater in their home, and the temperature is set to (some are set lower/higher than others, and some just aren't as efficient as they used to be).

Posted by: ashleyriot_vs at April 11, 2007 02:19 AM

Truth in advertising!

The shower fixtures in my home growing up advertised their 'scald-gard' [sic] feature. I have no idea what that was supposed to do, since it was still pretty easy to get scalded by water at the hottest setting.

Since then my parents have remodeled all the bathrooms and all the water knobs are completely featureless modern things with no character (or indications, for that matter), though.

Posted by: fluffy at April 11, 2007 02:49 AM

I would find that useful, since you know how far the handle can turn. Consider it a warning of danger.

Posted by: klew at April 11, 2007 04:14 AM

Maybe if you want to use the water for something else? If there are reasons for the water to go to that temperature, it's a good idea to warn the user of the water's danger.

Posted by: LKM at April 11, 2007 04:38 AM

I think older bath fixtures gave you the option to get 100% hot water (which would be scalding). Long ago, for safety reasons, the faucets were modified so that they always mixed some amount of cold water in with the hot. There was rarely a reason you'd need 100% hot water in your bath, and people could end up with horrific burns and other injuries from accidentally moving the handle to the wrong place. This probably comes from a location or a time when these protections didn't exist. I'd say not broken.

Posted by: Fastolfe at April 11, 2007 01:17 PM

I don't find this really broken, but certainly funny and worth being posted here! It's just like having your oven temperature setting at BURN after the usual 500°F limit...

Posted by: Magzime at April 11, 2007 02:14 PM

I'd have to agree with funny and odd looking, but not broken...

I'd personally be glad that was there if the water really is not regulated to prevent 100% hot water...

Posted by: Memnon at April 11, 2007 02:58 PM

scald‧ing |ˈskôldi ng | adjective -- intense and painful or distressing : a scalding tirade of abuse.

Posted by: Kyle Rosenberg at April 12, 2007 12:26 AM

Does anyone else think this is a photoshop job? I don't think the letters match.

Posted by: Dan at April 12, 2007 07:49 PM


"Does anyone else think this is a photoshop job? I don't think the letters match."

It's common on older products to see lettering like this, where for aesthetic or practical reasons, each label was intended to take up about the same amount of space. That's why COLD is broad and relaxed, WARM (with those wide letters, M and W) slightly tighter, and SCALDING compressed.

Posted by: Marla Erwin at April 18, 2007 03:25 PM

be thankful it does tell you the setting. the tap on our shower was installed upside down so that the hot cold indicators where facing toward the floor of the shower.

Posted by: PC_nut at May 5, 2007 04:33 AM

Looks like a good CYA measure to me.

Plaintiff: "I was burned by your company's plumbing fixture!"

Lawyer: "What did you have the faucet set to?"

Plaintiff: "Scalding."

Lawyer: "No further questions."

Posted by: sublight at May 17, 2007 06:40 AM

Perhaps it's for cooking broccoli.

Posted by: Munchkinguy at May 17, 2007 11:09 PM

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