ASK THE PLUMBER: Traditional kitchen faucets continue to go with the flow

By Ed Del Grande | McClatchy-Tribune Published:

Q: I would like to install just a standard-type kitchen faucet that has a normal spout with a remote spray. What is the advantage of having the spray head built into the faucet spout?

A: The great thing about all the faucet choices on today's plumbing market is you can get just about any type of faucet you like.

Basically, this is what it all boils down to: style and convenience.

Currently, a hot trend is to install kitchen faucets that require only a single hole in the sink or countertop.

Also, one-handle faucets with pull-out spray heads can be easier for a lot of people to operate. Put those two factors together and you can see why pull-out and pull-down kitchen faucets have become so popular.

The good news is that standard spout kitchen faucets are still widely available.

Usually two-handle kitchen faucets with a remote spray head are competitively priced, and they easily fit most existing sinks. So, you can see why they are also a popular faucet choice as well.

Please note that standard-type kitchen faucets usually require four holes in the sink. Final tip: If you end up with an extra open sink hole, a soap dispenser can usually be installed to clean up the look of your new faucet job.

Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

MCT Information Services

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