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Mixer Showers: "Types of mixer shower" video from Triton Showers

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Published on Feb 9, 2011

Triton Showers - http://www.tritonshowers.com

A short video explaining how to operate the different types of mixer showers that are available.

Hi, if you are looking for a mixer shower but are confused by how literature or individuals describe what is available then this video is for you.

There are several types of mixer shower to choose from.

Over the next couple of minutes I'll show you the types of mixer showers available and how to operate them.

A single lever mixer shower controls the flow of water from the showerhead by moving the lever up and down.

Moving the lever up gradually increases the amount of water you get from the showerhead. Moving the lever back down turns the mixer shower off.

To adjust the temperature of the water, turn the control lever clockwise for a hotter shower or anticlockwise for a cooler shower.

Two options are available with this type of mixer shower.

An exposed shower that sits on the wall or a built-in shower that fits inside the wall.

Next, sequential mixer showers.

This type of mixer shower is the easiest to use as it has a single rotary control.

To start the shower you turn the control anticlockwise. This starts the shower at a cold setting.

Continuing to move the control in an anticlockwise direction will increase the showering temperature.

To stop the shower, turn the control clockwise until the flow of water stops.

This type of mixer shower offers no variation in the flow rate of water from the showerhead. It simply allows you to change the temperature of the water.

As with a single lever mixer shower, there are two options available — exposed and built-in models.

OK, now for concentric mixer showers.

With this type of mixer shower the flow control and temperature control share the same centre; in effect, one sits on the other.

The outer control turns the shower on and off and provides a degree of flow control. The further you turn the control around the greater the flow of water.

The inner control changes the temperature, rotate it one way for a cooler shower and the other way for a hotter shower — which direction depends on the model.

Unlike the single lever and sequential mixers, you can leave the temperature control at your chosen setting and simply turn the shower off using the flow control.

And that means the next time you use your shower it will give you the same temperature as the last time.

As with single lever and sequential mixer showers, there are two options available, exposed models and built-in models.

And now, onto a dual control mixer.

With a dual control mixer, one control turns the shower on and changes the flow of water from the showerhead.

Turning the other control will alter the temperature to provide either a cooler or hotter shower.

Like concentric mixer showers, you can leave the temperature control at your chosen setting and simply turn the shower off using the flow control.

Another option is available with dual control showers as some products replace the flow control with a diverter control.

These allow you to switch the flow of water between two showerheads or between a showerhead and a bath filler.

Dual control showers are generally only available as built-in showers.

And finally, bar mixer showers.

As with dual control mixer showers, bar mixers have two controls.

To start the shower, rotate the flow control on the left-hand side of the unit anticlockwise. To stop the shower, rotate the control fully clockwise.

To adjust the water temperature, rotate the temperature control on the right- hand side of the unit clockwise for a cooler shower, or anti-clockwise for a hotter shower.

Like dual control mixer showers, some products replace the flow control with a diverter control.

These bar mixer showers allow you to switch the flow of water between a forceful downpour from overhead to a more vibrant directional flow from the handset.

A recent innovation is the vertical bar mixer. These work in exactly the same way with a separate flow and temperature control.

With mixer showers, the flow rate performance of each -- and what shower you need to choose -- depends upon the hot water system in your home...

...for instance, if you have a low pressure water system, or if you have a high pressure water system, such as a combination boiler.

You can find out more about this by watching our video "Guide to water systems".

Or if you'd like further information on plumbing requirements for a mixer shower or the features of mixer showers, just take a look at our other videos in this series.

Triton Showers - http://www.tritonshowers.com

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