The answer? The hot and cold handles are mounted above the sink on the body of the faucet, instead of on the sink deck.
Q: I’m replacing my kitchen sink and would like a special faucet to fit the sink I’ve chosen. This request may sound strange, but I’d like to get a single-hole kitchen faucet with separate double-handle hot and cold water controls. Do they even make kitchen faucets like this? Any info is helpful.
A: With most kitchen sinks, you can usually special order the sink with the exact number of faucet holes you may need. So, don’t feel like your faucet choices are limited until you check with your plumbing supply house about sink availability.
As for a single-hole kitchen faucet with two-handle flow controls: Yes, I have worked with this type of faucet. The hot and cold handles are mounted above the sink on the body of the faucet, instead of on the sink deck. Because of the one-hole installation, usually single-hole kitchen faucets have a single-handle lever control. That can lead to confusion about the availability of double-handle models.
Finally, double-handle models do allow for swinging gooseneck spouts, but keep in mind these high-arch styles can also have high-end prices.
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