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How to choose a faucet
July 28, 2015

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How to choose a faucet # 1 - Photo Blog (buyer's guide)
The mixer has long evolved from the banal plumbing fixtures in kitchen design element and a bathroom. However, with increasing product range and expands range of issues in the style of "Need to buy a mixer: what to choose." In this guide, we will give the buyer the answers and tell you about the main points to be aware of when choosing a faucet for water.
Faucet water - only at first glance a simple thing: the housing consists of two pipes with hot and cold water, then 1-2 lever or valve, and the output we have one tube (often called the "spout" or "gander") with warm water.
All mixers are divided into several groups according to their purpose and design. Therefore it is logical to start with the leadership of the two most important parameters.
Faucets: Water appointment
Kitchen faucet, or more correctly, a mixer for the kitchen sink - the largest group of mixers in this catalog. According to its name, these mixers are designed for installation in the kitchen sink. They stand out due to the simplicity, but rather a long spout (usually 20-30 cm).
This is done for the convenience of washing dishes: deep sink with a high "gander" gives considerable reserve space for washing dishes, pots, pans and other kitchen utensils.

How to choose a faucet # 2 - a photo blog (buyer's guide)
The popular kitchen faucet with an additional channel for filtered water: Imprese Daicy 55009 in several finishes

Mixer conventional shell just has a compact size and a smaller size "gander" (usually 10-20 cm). This mixer is designed for installation in a conventional sink (often in the bathroom), and for hand washing and washing: less space mixer, more space over the sink for hand.

How to choose a faucet # 3 - a photo blog (buyer's guide)
Basin Mixer Hansgrohe Focus 100 3160700: High-quality classics "in the year" by one of the market leaders

There is a faucet for the bathroom - this type of mixers can easily be identified by the connection point the soul, as well as a fairly short Gusak, intended only for the tank filling.
It is often faucet bathroom faucet is equipped with a switch the flow of water: in the spout (goose), or in the shower head. The exception is perhaps that constitute separate mixers - mixer just for bath and shower faucet only
And frequently switch is designed as a rotary valve or a spring-loaded "fungus". Last works automatically - when disconnecting the water and the pressure is removed, a spring presses the "fungus" in the starting position and the next time, when the water goes into the gander. Rotary switch once puts the direction of water flow, and when turning the water goes in the direction that has been selected previously.

How to choose a faucet # 4 - a photo blog (buyer's guide)
Inexpensive bathroom faucet and shower Ferro Basic BBC11

Also common shower mixer that resembles a faucet for the bathroom, but lacks the gander, and, consequently, the water flow switch. Those. water goes directly into the watering can shower.
Another type - a versatile mixer for bath and sinks. Its distinguishing feature is a long turning gander (spout) that can pour water or in the bathroom or in the sink, wash basin. However, it is hidden and the main problem of this mixer: with time, with frequent turning, gander mounting location may develop and there will begin to trickle water.
How to choose a faucet # 5 - a photo blog (buyer's guide)
26792001 Grohe Costa L - example of a universal mixer for bath and sink-sink: it is such mixers can be found in older homes, where there is no supply pipes separately washbasin and a separate bathroom / shower

Previously, it was a fairly universal mixers (even emphasizes the name of the latter type), but there are specialized devices. Their field of application directly disclosed in the title:
• bidet mixer;
• Mixer for the urinal;
• hairdresser sink faucet (small retractable goose with a hose);
• mixer set (or a collection of mixers), bathroom and sink.
Mixers for water: water mixing principle
The second important point in the choice of the mixer - directly to the type of mixing water. In our catalog mixers this filter is integrated, and which discloses a control type mixer, and mixing water principle.
Single-lever mixer - the most popular type mixers. Typically, such a faucet water is a vertical or horizontal cylinder, which is installed in the middle of the spout, and at the top - one lever.
Although there are also models with side-arm location and top location gander. The lever can rotate to the right-left and up-down, adjusting the thus water and the temperature and the amount of feed.
This is implemented using the so-called "cartridge", built into the base of the lever. That is why such products are sometimes referred to as "mixer cartridge." And it gave the cartridge such mixers their main advantage - the ability to conduct all operations at the same time with one hand. Conveniently!

How to choose a faucet # 6 - Picture blog (buyer's guide)
Blanco Mida L 519 414 - single-lever mixer with side lever and the upper gander

It should be noted that it acts as the cartridge "heart of the system", where the mixing water. And so on the basis of such a cartridge is mainly built and other mixers, derived in the individual filters: faucet with a joystick and Double Wishbone mixer.
Often there are disputes about the impossibility of such a repair the mixer, but it's not quite true: usually in such mixers detachable cover, through which you can remove the cartridge and install a new one.
The problem is that the cartridge price may reach 30-50% of the price of the mixer. It is time. And then there is the problem number 2 - usually in the cartridge is not provided wear seals (the notorious "gum" in the mixer, remember?), And if so the dirty water wear cartridge sealing surface - the only exchange. And we're back to the first problem.
Hence the advice: if you want to extend the life of the mixer, it is highly advisable to install a water filter. Another tip: a mixer useful "washed" by including the maximum head of water which wash of the deposits on the sealing surfaces of the cartridge.
Now consider a different type of mixer - odnoventilny dvuhventilny mixer and blender. These mixers are familiar to most from childhood: a rotary crane with lamb controls the flow of water.
If there are two pipes with different water (hot and cold), then rotate the corresponding lamb, you can add the required water - and so adjust the temperature. Compared with lever mixer is complicated, but dvuhventilny mixer provides more precise adjustment of water temperature. In reality, its main plus today - a retro design that is suitable for the bathroom in this style.

How to choose a faucet # 7 - a photo blog (buyer's guide)
Retro? Of course yes! What is reflected even in the title: Ferro Retro XR4 - inexpensive mixer in a classic style with two valves

Although in terms of operation, at the mixer valve has one advantage - the ease of repair. There are provided so-called "pads", which are usually made of rubber. And the next time you "drip faucet, what to do?" Is often the repair is reduced to replacement of these same pads - half an hour of work and 20-30 hryvnia.
But tell me honestly - do not you tired of pads that can flow every six months? Maybe it's better mixer cartridge that will work consistently and 3-5 more years without repairs. Especially since today and valve faucets are often transferred to the shut-off valve, similar to cartridge replacement and devoid of rubber gaskets.
These are the two largest groups of mixers. But there are others - special mixers which are very, very interested in their functions.
And the first in popularity among them - a mixer or thermostat mixer with thermostat. This mixer is equipped with a water temperature control knob, the base value is usually considered a temperature of about 36-40 ° C.
If desired, you can unlock the lock and the handle is forced to set a higher or lower temperature for heating - and further mixer thermostat will always support it until the person again will set the new temperature value.
The main advantages of this mixer - complete protection from too cold or too hot water: young children do not scald their hands, you can not worry about the water temperature in the boiler or a pipe, the mixer will choose the right amount of hot water to reach the desired temperature, and so on..

How to choose a faucet # 8 - a photo blog (buyer's guide)
Mixer-thermostat with concealed installation Ravak TE 061.00

The following are specific for larger mixers in public installations and not in a private home - a mixer circuit and the electronic mixer. Ideal solutions for cafes, theater, or other public places where landlords have to follow the flow of water not cheap, and visitors can just forget "to close the valve."
Automatic mixer maintains water supply for 5-10-15 seconds or another period of time, given initially, and then turns off and stops the water supply. Electronic faucet regulates the water supply for the sensor (a small dark red spot at the base of the mixer) in the scope of the sensor has a hand-washing - water came out; No - the water supply is turned off.
It should be noted that the above discussed mixers have their characteristics and disadvantages: complicated design, high cost, the need for electrical connections for the operation of embedded systems.
Finally, the last type - cascade mixer. This is a real mini-waterfall in the bathroom or in the kitchen: a mixer deprived of the traditional goose-pipe, and the water is mixed in the wider area, then merges with her down. Very beautiful, unusual and functional: it cascade mixer often provides better performance than a conventional mixer with a tube-gander. The case where no style is at odds with the functionality.

How to choose a faucet # 9 - photo blog (buyer's guide)
Threaded faucet Kraus KGW-1700 - it's beautiful and functional

Speaking of functionality: sorting out in the types of mixers, let's see what they offer additional features.
Additional features and options mixers
First of all - will focus on the length of the spout (goose). The most popular are the compact mixers gander 10-20 cm in length, the second in popularity - mixers gander at 20-30 cm.
As has become clear from the preceding paragraphs, in the first case we are talking about a mixer for bathroom and in the second it is a mixer for the kitchen - the two most popular types. But there are mixers with a long gander, 30-40 cm - often mixer with swivel-spout tube designed for bath and washbasin.
By the way, the spout can be not only turning, but also extendable - mixer with pull-out spout is usually designed for the kitchen, and allows you to combine compact dimensions with advanced functionality and greater convenience when washing dishes.
By the way, if the house is installed filter system, then you will need a special mixer with a spout for filtered water.
Now a few words about the installation of the mixer. There are taps on the outside of the installation:
• vertical mixer - standing upright, usually on the sink in the bathroom or in the kitchen;
• horizontal mixer - mounted horizontally, usually above the bath;
• Outdoor faucet - mounted on the floor, usually in the bath or shower.
Everything is clear with these mixers. But there are also internal installation mixers: mixer and mortise concealed mixer. These mixers involves placing the main elements inside the wall or, for example, in the hidden surfaces of the bathroom. Outside, visible only handles temperature control and water flow, derived gander and shower hose.

How to choose a faucet # 10 - a photo blog (buyer's guide)
Concealed Mixer Grohe Eurostyle 33637001 with the switch "bath / shower" - it's beautiful, but ...

But, but, but, but, and again! These mixers are very difficult to repair or replace. If the mixer is installed in a hidden cavity bathroom - you can remove and install a new one. And if the mixer is mounted on the wall - will then have to dismantle not only the mixer, but also to break the decorative tile around it.
So the first advice: think carefully about repair options before purchasing a hidden built-in mixer. Tip Two: When installing this mixer talk to master the ability to create around him a certain "box", which will be closed 1-2 tiles. In the future it will be possible to remove the plate (or break it) and get full access to the mixer - it will significantly simplify its repair or replacement.
Finally, the last item of choice - decorative trim. Here, too, everyone is free to choose exactly what he likes. The basic material from which made it a mixer or coated outer part can be a metal, granite, ceramics.
The outer coating may also be different:
• chrome,
• matt chrome,
• stainless steel,
• granite.
You can even choose the color of the mixer:
• beige,
• White,
• Brown,
• gray,
• the black.
We hope that the catalog of mixers with good filters, and this buying guide to help you choose the device you want. Successful purchases! Water.

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