Another small victory in homeownership tonight. Last winter I noticed my shower wasn't very warm. It was fine during the summer, but each winter it has been so cold that I've dreaded showers, cut my shower times short, and even opted for baths with added hot water from the sink because my showers were so miserable. I had even given up on taking showers in the morning because it seemed especially cold. Evenings were the lesser of two awfuls. Tonight I decided I had to do something. I couldn't stand one more cold shower.
I turned to Google. Search: shower not hot enough. I quickly came across a couple of forums in which people described the same problem I was having. (The shower was cold; the sinks were piping hot.) And someone posted a link to a helpful site by the company that manufactured the faucet I have.
After a couple minutes reading up on instructions, I was back in the bathroom with a set of hex wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers, working away at disassembling the faucet. Apparently they have these things set up so the water doesn't get too hot and burn someone and then the company gets sued. That makes sense. Maybe this setting is common knowledge, but no one ever told me. I bumped it up a few notches and now this winter I will enjoy hot showers! I am also glad because I have friends coming in January and I would have hated to have a lukewarm/cold shower for them.
I'm pretty proud of myself.
Hurray for hot showers!