Widespread bathroom-sink faucets are well-suited for larger vanities and pedestal sinks.

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Q: I want to install a new bathroom faucet but have been confused about what type to order. The one I like is called a “widespread” faucet. What is a widespread faucet and will it fit on my present bathroom sink?

A: Widespread bathroom-sink faucets are a great choice for larger vanities and pedestal sinks. Like the name says, the faucet handles and spout are a little farther from each other than a standard-type bathroom faucet. This means you need to have a widespread setup on your present sink, or you’ll need to install a new sink to accommodate the faucet.

Widespread sinks usually have three faucet holes that measure between 8- to 16-inches from one handle side to the other, with the spout in the middle.


Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.” Send questions to eadelg@cs.com.