Handyman

The scoop on bathroom faucet options

Updated: 2014-02-16T02:05:15Z

By ED DEL GRANDE

McClatchy-Tribune

I’m looking to replace my bathroom faucet and will be going to the supply center soon to choose a new one. Can you please give me some basic bathroom faucet information that may help me choose?

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 inches 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 inches 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.

Ed Del Grande is a master contractor/plumber and author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.”

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