Plumber: Type of kitchen sink can help with faucet choices

McClatchy-Tribune News ServiceJuly 14, 2014 

Q: We're replacing our old kitchen sink/faucet and need some help matching up a new kitchen faucet and sink. As we start looking we've been overwhelmed with too many choices. Do you have any recommendations on how we can make it a little easier for us to pick out a nice kitchen sink and matching faucet?

- Hal, Utah

A: I like to breakdown kitchen sink choices into three basic categories, then match up a faucet style. Here are my three recommendations:

1. Apron-front or farmhouse style sink: Since this is a country or rustic looking kitchen sink, an old fashioned looking faucet can complete the package nicely. A "bridge" style kitchen faucet with the exposed piping and separate hot and cold water levers can be a great choice.

2. Drop-in or deck mount kitchen sinks: The faucets on drop-in kitchen sinks usually mount right on the sink and are pre-drilled for easier installation. Traditional 4 hole kitchen faucets with a side spray can match up with this type of sink.

3. Under-mount kitchen sinks: An under mount kitchen sink can have a contemporary look with a faucet hole in the counter top. For this, a "single hole" kitchen faucet with a pull out spray is a popular choice.

In each category you'll still have many choices, but choosing a kitchen sink first can help you "go with the flow" guiding you directly toward a nice faucet.

Master Contractor/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 eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

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