Friday, June 18, 2010

The Politics of Thermostatic Clawfoot Tub Faucets

Once upon a time, Sign of the Crab owned the market on thermostatic clawfoot tub faucets and showers. Not a cruel dictator, Sign of the Crab's thermostatic faucets have always been reliable, high quality, and reasonably priced. Recently, however, Sunrise Specialty and Cheviot Products introduced their own series of thermostatic faucets and showers for clawfoot tubs to compete with Sign of the Crab's offering. The once monopolized market for thermostatic clawfoot tub faucets and showers is now a democracy, a thermocracy if you will, where you the people are free to choose. By goligarchy, you now have a choice.

If you aren't familiar with thermostatic faucets, don't feel like you live in a moronarchy. Thermostatic clawfoot tub faucets rely on sophisticated advanced plumbing technology to provide constant temperature throughout operation by measuring the water on the outlet of the valve. Similar to the thermostat that controls the furnace in your home; thermostatic faucets have a temperature set point to control the maximum temperature of water passing through the faucet. The automatic temperature stop is there to protect you and to satisfy anti-scald plumbing codes. As sophisticated as it all may sound, thermostatic faucets have been around since the late 1800's--although early thermostatic showers resembled torture devices employed by evil feudal lords.

Sign of the Crab pioneered modern thermostatic faucets and exposed riser showers for clawfoot tubs and still offers the broadest selection. These days, however, you can vote capitalistically at Shop 4 Classics by purchasing a thermostatic clawfoot tub faucet from one of the three most reputable brands in antique reproduction plumbing; Sign of the Crab, Sunrise Specialty, or Cheviot Products. Vote and, heck, vote often!

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