Q: Ed, we enjoyed reading your recent article about how to use an extra kitchen sink hole. Being tea drinkers, when we faced this dilemma we installed a hot water dispenser. Have any other readers sent in their ideas?
A: Yes, surprisingly I received a lot of creative feedback on how to use an extra kitchen sink hole. I originally suggested different kitchen faucet configurations, hole covers or even a separate beverage faucet. But for tea drinkers a hot water dispenser is a great idea. I also received a note from a homeowner that installed a cold water dispenser in the extra sink hole.
A few plumbers reminded me that in some areas, kitchen plumbing codes require air-break controls, and they routinely order sinks with an extra hole for this control.
Finally, a reader told me she installed a second soap dispenser. One holds hand cream, the other soap, and that suggestion will wash our hands for now on this topic.
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Q: We are remodeling our kitchen and our designer has suggested that we install a cast-iron kitchen sink with a very deep/dark color. While I have been excited to see some color samples, I am a little cautious. Can you please give me some Ed info on installing kitchen sinks with very dark colors?
A: Bold colors for plumbing fixtures are beautiful and do make a very dramatic statement when used in a kitchen or bathroom. Many sample or staged design showrooms include these deep colors to draw attention.
Hot dramatic colors for cast-iron fixtures right now include iron cobalt (deep blue), suede (dark brown) and rich black.
While visually these colors are striking, prices for designer fixtures may be higher. Also, some fixtures may have to be special ordered.
Finally, because of the deep finishes extra care and cleaning are usually required as well. The choice is up to you, but it never hurts to make a design splash in your kitchen sink.