top tap: Shower Miser, bottom tap: Shower Mixer
From the Oxford dictionary; "Miser" .....a person who hoards wealth and spends as little money as possible.
For some reason this small project had me chuckling and reminded me of a good friend/colleague Martyn that I worked with because it's the sort of thing I can imagine him doing....assuming he hasn't done it already or found an alternative way of recycling cold water ;-)
To explain what I'm talking about I'm referring to the cold water that ends up going down the plug hole before it warms up and you step into your shower. Granted it's not a lot of water (about 4 litres in our case) but when you have to either produce the fresh water from sea water, or buy it and lug it in jerry cans from a tap on shore and then into a dinghy before emptying it into Flirtie's tanks you really appreciate every last drop.
This little project required the installation of one additional tap in the shower closet, a bit of piping and a few brass couplings.
The way it works is simple; the new tap is opened for just a few seconds which results in hot water reaching the new tap but the water before it (cold/luke warm water) which is in the pipe is returned to the system. Thereafter you use your normal shower tap/control as per normal and the only cold water in the system is a small amount that is in the small length of hose between the shower control and the shower faucet.
The diagram below probably best shows the plumbing....
Shower Miser Schematic
Whilst we're already benefiting from the installation, we didn't calculate a time line for our "return on investment".....something Martyn would certainly have done - lol.
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