Tap is used in the United Kingdom and most of the Commonwealth for any everyday type of valve, particularly the fittings that control water supply to bathtubs and sinks.
- in USA
Spigot is used by professionals in the trade (such as plumbers), and typically refers to an outdoor fixture.
Silcock (and sillcock), same as "spigot", referring to a "cock" (as in stopcock and petcock) that penetrates a foundation sill.
Bib (bibcock, and hose bib or hosebibb), usually a freeze-resistant version of a "spigot".
this arrangement in which hot and cold water from the two valves is mixed before reaching the outlet, allowing water to emerge temperature...
Mixer taps frequently incorporate some sort of pressure balancing feature so that the hot/cold mixture ratio will not be affected by transient changes in the pressure of one or other of the supplies.
This helps avoid scalding or uncomfortable chilling as other water loads occur (such as the flushing of a toilet).
Especially water for baths and showers, the latest designs are thermostatic mixing valves that do this using a built-in thermostat, and can be mechanical or electronic.
Water for baths, sinks and basins can be provided by separate hot and cold taps; this arrangement is common in older installations, particularly in public washrooms/lavatories and bathrooms/laundries.
this arrangement is common in older installations, particularly in public washrooms/lavatories and utility rooms/laundries.
this arrangement is common in older installations, particularly in public washrooms/lavatories and kitchen/laundries.