Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Thoughts On Selecting The Right Antique Reproduction Lavatory Sink Faucet

Selecting a reproduction antique bathroom faucet is often the most enjoyable task of the bathroom remodeling process. However, before immersing yourself in the numerous styles and finishes available today, it is wise to first spend a few moments familiarizing yourself with your bathroom sink. The sink's configuration determines the types of faucets that will work with your sink.

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.

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