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I'm from Serbia, just like the OP, and we do have such a myth there. After my initial rant, aimed at explaining why some of the safety assumptions that many answers here may have are wrong, I'll show installation of a typical water heater and explain a couple of issues that I see with the installation. (Feel free to skip this part) First, some background, ...


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If the water heater is not properly grounded, it could be dangerous but then it would be dangerous all the time, not just when you take a shower. Sounds to me like a myth that got started because someone once was injured by a faulty water heater and then the myth took on a life of its own. If the water heater is wired properly you have nothing to fear. ...


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In the UK we have electric showers which heat water on demand - ie they're supplied with 230V using about 9kW, which is enough for a moderate flow of cold water to be heated to about 50C as it flows through the shower. Not only are they directly connected to the shower hose, they're usually inside the shower cubicle - so the unit gets wet and the electrical ...


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I have never heard of such a thing, and in the USA the water heater is usually tucked away in some hard-to-access place like a basement or utility closet. Turning it on and off all the time would be totally impractical. I know in some other countries it is typical to have the water heater installed in the kitchen or bathroom.


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In any administration where internationally recognised regulatory rules are used and means are provided to ENSURE that all except a few rogue installations are installed to the standards then the risk of electric shock from such installations is extremely small. I have never heard of such an installation causing shock or death in New Zealand (where I live). ...


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What you need is a valve designed just for shower only. Not a valve assembly with a diverter, which are specifically designed for tub/shower combination: No diverter here, most any manufacturer that you have seen offering the tub/shower valve sets also makes the shower only units. To answer your question, the point of the diverter valve is so you can fill ...


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I would check on the type of shower curtain they use in hotels that have an arced curtain rod. This would give a slightly more room. The reason the shower curtain sucks in when you turn the water on probably has to do with hot air rising and pulling in cold air at the bottom of the shower. Try leaving the curtain slightly open at the back of the shower to ...


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clean them thoroughly and they may work no problem. However it's possible that the rubber hardened and cracked which means that you won't be able to get a grip with it anymore.


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Ex-communist or not, real reason is that many older building have substandard wiring, especially grounding which in combination with metallic plumbing can cause electric shocks even without insulation fault.


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One could always come up with hypothetical scenarios, but this seems pretty unlikely for several reasons. One: For electric current to be in "contact" with the water, there'd have to be physical damage to wires or heating elements, with just the right bad luck that they came in contact with the tank. And the tank itself would have to conduct electricity. ...


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As someone who is a student of chemistry, I would say that lye is not toxic, it's caustic. In fact, it's less toxic than Tylenol, mg for mg. This doesn't mean it isn't dangerous; concentrated sodium hydroxide is quite hazardous, but is safe to dispose of by rinsing with plenty of water (you can't overdo it). Sodium hydroxide breaks up organic matter by ...


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This is, without a doubt, a Moen brand valve. There are numerous trim options available in many finishes. You need to go to a good specialty plumbing shop, they will have some Moen trim items in stock and should be able to order many more items. Bring your pictures and all old trim with you.


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You need a fixture listed for wet locations: from the NEC. Bathtub and shower areas. Luminaries located within the actual outside dimension of the bathtub or shower to a height of 8' vertically from the top of the bathtub or threshold of the shower shall be marked for damp locations or for wet locations were subject to shower spray. NEC 410.10.D. Since in a ...


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From the 2014 NEC: 210.8 (A) Dwelling Units. All 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles installed in the locations specified in 210.8(A)(1) through (8) shall have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection for personnel. (1) Bathrooms There is no requirement in the code for bathroom lights or exhaust fans to be GFCI protected. ...


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this looks like an older style moen 2520 core and valve body. however, the screw pattern (for the escutcheon) looks odd and may be of an older or different trim style. however, the valve core should be identical and should just swap out.


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To turn off the shower water temporarily during the shower, you can use a showerhead valve that mounts at the end of the showerhead pipe just before the showerhead itself: [Image from FaucetDirect.com] This lets you maintain the advantages of letting water flow from the tap when you first turn it on (faster flow means less waiting for hot water, and ...


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The blinds are easy - translucent window privacy film is available, removable if you change your mind, and sticks to the glass, so that deals with the blinds. A shower door would be the obvious full-bore solution to the curtain. Curtain weights (or a weighted curtain) (or, if you happen to get lucky and have a steel/cast iron shower basin, magnets) are a ...


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You were not very clear with your question. I am assuming that you are looking for the fitting to which the sprayer head attaches, which then drops over the bracket peg in your first picture. It is called a swivel connector. They are not "generic", they are specific to the manufacturer of your hand-held shower equipment. This one is from Alsons, a very ...



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