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    Default hot - cold reversed

    Example: When you face a sink the hot should be on the left side and the cold on the right.

    Consider a bathtub that has the fixtures mounted on the outer edge. In this configuration the fixtures are accessible from sitting in the tub or standing outside of it.

    Which position do you adopt for determining which is the right or the left? From within the tub or from the outside?

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    Default Re: hot - cold reversed

    That's a great question.
    I do it from outside the tub.
    I am guessing you will get answers about 50-50 each way

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    Default Re: hot - cold reversed

    Quote Originally Posted by John Dirks Jr View Post
    Example: When you face a sink the hot should be on the left side and the cold on the right.

    Consider a bathtub that has the fixtures mounted on the outer edge. In this configuration the fixtures are accessible from sitting in the tub or standing outside of it.

    Which position do you adopt for determining which is the right or the left? From within the tub or from the outside?
    It's as you face the spout. In your case, it would be from inside the tub.


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    Default Re: hot - cold reversed

    Quote Originally Posted by John Dirks Jr View Post
    Example: When you face a sink the hot should be on the left side and the cold on the right. Consider a bathtub that has the fixtures mounted on the outer edge. In this configuration the fixtures are accessible from sitting in the tub or standing outside of it. Which position do you adopt for determining which is the right or the left? From within the tub or from the outside?
    I refer from sitting in the tub and note it as such.

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    Default Re: hot - cold reversed

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Barre View Post
    It's as you face the spout. In your case, it would be from inside the tub.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnar Alquist View Post
    I refer from sitting in the tub and note it as such.
    You address it from the users position - in the tub.

    Note though, having the hot on the left *is not* a "code requirement", it is standard accepted practice and one which could result in burns if not followed ... and I would not want to the be defendant in that lawsuit.

    Also, there are some imported (European) faucets which have hold and cold reversed as to the direction the handle turns, and as long as the permanent labeling/marking is correct they are allowed. At least I have found nothing which disallows them.

    But again, *I* would not want to be the one listed as a defendant because someone got scalded from a "backward" faucet, even though the faucet was not actually "backward".

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    "Note though, having the hot on the left *is not* a "code requirement""




    P2722.2 Hot water.
    Fixture fittings and faucets that are supplied
    with both hot and cold water shall be installed and
    adjusted so that the left-hand side of thewater temperature control
    represents the flow of hot water when facing the outlet.
    Exception:


    Shower and tub/shower mixing valves conforming
    to ASSE 1016 or CSA B125, where the water temperature
    control corresponds to the markings on the device.



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    Default Re: hot - cold reversed

    I've found them both ways in past inspections. I'll consider the judgement of the arrangement from within the tub from now on.

    Thanks for the replies.


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