I like a good hand wheel. What can I say? It’s kind of like my thing for boxes, but that’s a whole other thread. Not really sure where it comes from, but when I see an old hand wheel or valve shut-off, my imagination runs wild with the creative possibilities.
Mostly for style, but partly for vindication against all those who ridiculed me over the years for acquiring so many hand wheels, I have decided to incorporate them in a very prominent way throughout the space. The most obvious installations of course being to control water. Thought I would share a couple of examples here. But keep in mind, we are not limited to flow control, for my fascination with hand wheels knows no bounds…
|The big wheel controls the hot water, while the small controls the cold.|
(the shiny part in the middle will go away once I fix the patinas)
The story behind these gets pretty complex, but let’s just concentrate on the valve and aesthetics part for now. I wanted a more industrial feel to the hot/cold water control for the Jacuzzi I am installing (skip over the fact that it is in the middle of the bedroom, that too is a whole other thread). Took a bit of engineering, but I ended up marrying these two hand wheels I got from an abandoned factory up north to modern gate valves used to fill the Jacuzzi.
|Picked the hand wheels (out of my extensive and vast collection : )|
|Figuring out relative placement|
|Started a small (but contained) fire in the studio|
|Fabricated these cool mounts for the gate valves.|
|Figured out how to link the hand wheels to the valves.|
|Built this cool cover...|
|Set everything in place until the brick was finished.|
But it doesn't stop there. I have these three hand wheels from a decommissioned power plant in Connecticut that would be perfect to use in the showers for the three other bedrooms. Trick is to marry them to a modern valve control with temperature/flow control and anti-scalding, kind of a requisite for any modern shower.
|A little prototyping and fabrication later...|
|One finished shower valve.|
Based on the prototype, I will fabricate all three and finally install them in the wall.
|They will eventually end up here, once the showers are completed.|
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