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Bath & Kitchen Glossary

Air Bath:

Bathtubs that have small holes and a pump that forces heated air through the system. These baths provide an overall body massage as opposed to specific targeted area massage.

Acrylic:

A sheet of solid color acrylic plastic used for shower pans or bathtubs that is vacuum-formed and reinforced to produce a desired shape.

Anti-Scald:

A method by which a valve controls the water temperature so the user doesn't get burned.

Apron:

The front extension of a bathtub that runs from the rim to the floor. May also be referred to as a "skirt".

Body Spray:

This is a mini-showerhead that delivers water from a vertical position in the shower. It often targets specific areas of the body and offers a precise therapeutic and invigorating massage.

Centerset Faucet:

Sometimes called a four inch center set. This is a one-piece faucet with hot and cold valves set four inches apart, center to center.

Ceramic Discs:

Two pieces of ceramic within the valve that open and close to allow volume control.

Chromatherapy:

Also referred to as color therapy or light therapy, Chromatherapy uses colors and light to create specific frequencies around the body, through the eyes and retina, to help balance a person's spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health.

Deck Mount Tub:

Plate used to cover unused mounting holes on sinks.

Diverter Valve:

This is a valve designed to direct, or re-direct, mixed water to a specific location. It can be used in tubs, showers, sinks and bidets.

Escutcheon Plate:

Plate used to cover unused mounting holes on sinks.

Escutcheon Ring:

The base of a faucet or accessory where the metal hits the wall or counter.

Farmhouse Sink:

Has an exposed decorative front.

Free Standing Tub:

This is a stand alone tub with separate feet or a base that rests on the floor.

GPM:

Gallons per minute -- The amount of water that flows through an outlet, such as a showerhead or a tub spout. Showerheads are regulated to 2.5 GPM.

Patina:

A chemical change that causes metal to change color.

Pressure Balance Valve:

These valves are designed to compensate for changes in water.pressure, thus keeping the temperature constant.

Rough:

Term used to refer to the valves that are installed behind the wall.

Self Rimming Sink:

Has a finished lip that rests on top of the counter.

Thermostatic Valve:

A type of anti-scald valve that controls the temperature in a shower. Separate volume controls are needed.

Undermount Sink:

Mounted to the underside of the counter, eliminating the lip on top of the counter.

Valve:

The actual device that mixes the hot and cold water and controls the flow of the water to its desired location. It controls the water temperature and/or volume.

Whirlpool:

Bathtubs that are equipped with a motor and jets to move water and air that provides a therapeutic massage experience.

Wide Spread:

Faucet Where the spout, hot and cold valves are separate pieces. Most can be installed anywhere between 6" to 16" center to center.