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Suicide Shower

10.13.10

This is the most common source of a hot shower in this part of the world; tank water heaters are rare, inline gas heaters are a little more common, cold showers are the rule but coming in at second place is this electrified beauty.  I’ve been shocked by them before, usually when touching something other than the tile (like the faucet knob or drain) that grounded the (110) current through me.  This is not the shower head at our current home, it’s from a place I stayed in Honduras.  But it’s not dissimilar either.  Usually they’re grounded directly to the pipe they’re attached to, but it’s not always a quality job nor is it always well maintained.

In case it’s not clear, that’s an electrified heating element that your shower water runs through.  The more water, the more diluted the heat, so I suggest you keep the flow low if you want to see a little steam on the mirror.

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2 Responses to “Suicide Shower”

  1. Heather Says:

    That’s just scary!

  2. Stacey Says:

    haha! I first encountered these in Nicaragua also…and got shocked every time. I eventually opted for cold showers over possible electrocution.


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