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jayp 04-06-2009 10:17 AM

Death trap shower on my recent trip to Honduras
 
I lived to tell the tale of showering under this sucker. I don't know what was worse, the mold or the instant water heater.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Ueee7UTcIdg/SW...0/DSCN5502.JPG

RippySkippy 04-06-2009 10:35 AM

Holy Hot Water Batman...that's just not right! Never seen anything like that before...

Scuba_Dave 04-06-2009 11:13 AM

NIce water heater :eek:

gma2rjc 04-06-2009 11:42 AM

That must have been only a four-star hotel. lol

jayp 04-06-2009 12:13 PM

haha
 
These things are really common all over Central America. People typically do not have hot water nor the capacity to keep water hot in a heater. This is pretty much the household standard and they're usually installed by untrained people. Even when they're installed relatively safely, there's still a chance of short circuit right down to your toes!

Scuba_Dave 04-06-2009 01:13 PM

I imagine if the incoming water is between 70-90 it should work pretty good. That must be tied into a GFCI breaker :wink:
Or another GFCI outlet in the room

I wouldn't mind having something like that on an outside shower
Have a picture with a better pic of the name?

Found one online:

http://www.emarket-usa.com/anuncio-6...a-Phoenix.html#

Quote:

Simpler setup than with a water heater. Less to go wrong and
easier to install and maintain. 220 volts 3200 watts min, 5400 watts maximum.
Great for installing in your cabin ! The unit will operate properly with lower water
pressures commonly found on Boats and RV's.
I'm planning an outdoor shower fed thru a solar water heating setup
So this would only be a booster if needed
Another online pic of an installation :

Quote:

The owner is an electrician by trade, so it is properly installed.

First of all, let me say that I really don't have any idea how the darn thing works. It has a couple of coils of heater wire inside the head which obviously heat up, but I don't know what makes it go on or off. I don't touch the controls, because it shocked me when I did.
:laughing:

http://www.belizenorth.com/images/showerhead.jpg

wrangler 04-06-2009 01:34 PM

I've heard some of those third-world countries have horrendous jails! But I thought things like that were outlawed by the Geneva Convention?:)

jayp 04-06-2009 01:42 PM

that's it
 
That's it -- the Lorenzetti. The locals call it the "widow maker." The sailboat crowd are usually familiar with them too because it's fairly common on boat...especially European ones. They do work but you have to learn how to tweak the water spigot just right to make it last. Most of the time they kinda pulse between hot and cold.

jayp 04-06-2009 01:44 PM

here's a link
 
http://www.lorenzetti.com.br/

It's all in Portuguese though...

wrangler 04-06-2009 01:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jayp (Post 255813)
That's it -- the Lorenzetti. The locals call it the "widow maker." The sailboat crowd are usually familiar with them too because it's fairly common on boat...especially European ones. They do work but you have to learn how to tweak the water spigot just right to make it last. Most of the time they kinda pulse between hot and cold.

Hmmm... sounds a bit like a coffee maker. Will it do tea as well?

Termite 04-06-2009 02:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wrangler (Post 255815)
Hmmm... sounds a bit like a coffee maker. Will it do tea as well?

Probably not, but it could turn you into toast! :laughing:


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