Ed the Plumber
Q: I’m replacing my bathroom sink, so that means I get to choose a new faucet from scratch. Can you please let me know about the bathroom-faucet choices I’ll have to choose from, and tell me a little bit about each type? Thanks.
— Monica, Texas
A: Faucet choices can be complicated. But if you keep in mind that there are four basic faucet groups — and that your faucet should match your sink — that will make things easier.
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I usually recommend picking out a sink first, which narrows your faucet choices. Depending on the type of sink that will fit your project, here are the four basic groups:
1. Four-inch center-set faucets.
These are one-piece compact faucets for sinks with three holes, and measure 4 inches from one outside hole to the other.
2. Eight-inch widespread faucets.
The faucet spout and handles are separate components that are mounted on the countertop, or three-hole lavatory sink, where the outside faucet holes measure from 8 to 16 inches apart.
3. Single-handle, single-hole faucets.
As the name says, one handle controls both hot and cold settings, and these faucets require only one hole. Use on single-hole lavatory sinks or countertop installations. These faucets are very popular with vessel sinks.
4. Wall-mount faucets.
These are any type of bathroom faucet that mounts on the wall behind the sink, and works well with “under-mount”-style sinks.
Final tip: Each faucet group will have many choices, so just go with the flow and take your time.
Master 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Always consult local contractors and codes. Sorry no personal replies.