ASK THE PLUMBER By Ed Del Grande

The scoop on bathroom faucet options

By Ed Del Grande McClatchy-Tribune Published:

Q: I'm looking to replace my bathroom faucet and will be going to the supply center soon to choose a new one.

I know by reading your plumbing column that preparation is the key to having a successful day when choosing plumbing fixtures. Can you please give me some basic bathroom faucet information that may help me choose?

-- Donald, Ohio

A: It's nice to know that the message of doing some "homework" before doing some "home work" is getting around.

Choosing bathroom faucets can get a little confusing because you're usually dealing with many different categories. To keep things simple, here are three popular types of bathroom faucets and the sink faucet holes needed for each one:

• Widespread Faucets: Fits "three-hole" bathroom sinks with faucet holes at least 8" apart when measuring from the center of each outside hole. Widespread faucets have three "separate" components consisting of a faucet spout, hot handle assembly and cold handle assembly.

• Centerset Faucets: Fits "three-hole" bathroom sinks with faucet holes having a spread of 4" apart from the center of each outside hole. Centerset faucets are a compact one-piece ­faucet with the spout and handle(s) attached to a deck mount unit.

• Single-Hole Faucets: Like the name says, fits "single-hole" bathroom sinks. Usually available in single-handle operation with taller spouts than standard bathroom faucets. Be careful, though; single-hole faucets can be a higher-end product that may end up costing you "double" the money!

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

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