Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Number of Faucet Holes: Sinks commonly have three faucet holes, two for the handles and one for the center spout. However, early sinks only had two faucet holes. Separate hot and cold basin taps with no mixing valve or center spout are used with these sinks. Bridge faucets can also be used. Bathroom sinks with a single faucet hole require a single post faucet.
Distance Between Faucet Holes: The distance between the center of the outside left and right faucet holes is commonly referred to as the "centers" or "spread". The most common faucet options for sinks with 4" centers are centerset and mini-spread faucets. Generally, sinks with greater than 4" centers require widespread faucets. Widespread faucets typically are adjustable to fit varying centers, however, it is highly recommended to review a faucet's features to confirm that it will fit your sink's configuration before placing your order.
Sink Thickness and Required Spout Length: In addition to the number and spacing of faucet holes, the thickness of the sink or counter and the required length of the spout must be considered. Thick sink counter tops may result in troublesome faucet installation. Also, check to ensure that the faucet's spout reaches the sink's bowl.
For more information about selecting an antique bathroom faucet, please see Faucet Tips.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I recently had an opportunity to visit one of
The foundry opens early in the summer to take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures. They were pouring bronze the day of my visit. Large bars of primarily recycled bronze were melted in their large crucible at temperatures of nearing 2400 degrees Fahrenheit. Patterns of industrial parts had already been pressed into extremely fine black sand leaving an amazingly detailed impression of the parts in the sand. This type of casting is known as sand casting and has been performed in much the same way for hundreds of years. The melted bronze was then carefully poured into the impressions left in the sand. The bronze was allowed to cool. Once cooled, the sand was removed leaving only castings of the parts. The parts were then finished by removing any excess bronze that resulted from the casting process. Finally, the parts cleaned from any remaining sand with a shot-blasting machine.
Shop 4 Classics sells a lot of bronze home hardware products, so it was interesting to get a glimpse of how these products are produced. Hamilton Sinkler manufactures bronze and brass hardware including bronze door hardware and bronze vent covers. Classic Grills specializes in manufacturing decorative heat registers and air returns in several types of bronze. Finally, Mission Metalworks offers unique copper and bronze Arts & Crafts house numbers.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I've been hearing this White Stripes song a lot lately. It's probably no coincidence since Jack White's latest incarnation, The Dead Weather, has an album release this week. When I hear "My Doorbell" I wonder if Jack White has a nice Arts & Crafts copper doorbell button. I wonder how the song might change if Jack White had a Victorian mechanical doorbell or if the song would have even been written if Jack White had a door knocker. But mostly I think that if Jack White had a complementary mailbox and house numbers, his doorbell might be more inviting and he might not have to ask "when ya gonna ring it". Yeah, I've been thinkin' about Jack White's doorbell. Oh well.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Restoring a cast iron bath tub is not an easy task. Repair of the exterior involves sandblasting or grinding the exterior, smoothing the surface by additional fine sanding and applying coatings, and repainting. Resurfacing the porcelain interior requires help from a bathtub restoration professional. It is highly recommended that you receive and contact references prior to committing to a tub restorer.
An alternative to restoring an original tub is purchasing an authentic reproduction. Shop 4 Classics cast iron bath tubs feature the finest porcelain interiors. The exteriors are crafted of cast iron, sanded smooth, primed, and finished. Reproduction cast iron bath tubs are available in many sizes and styles. Therefore, you should be able to find a tub that is the perfect fit for your bathroom.