Faucet Plumbing: One Handle vs. Two Handles

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Faucet Plumbing: One Handle vs. Two Handles

Understanding the basics of faucet plumbing and the differences between one-handle and two-handle faucets can help you determine which type to choose for your remodeling project. Kitchen and bathroom remodeling is a daunting task, especially when it comes to choosing the details, like deciding on your faucet fixtures. With the vast array of choices available, you could spend countless hours choosing among all the different varieties. By familiarizing yourself with basics of faucet design and functionality, you can make your decision easier and choose a faucet style best suited for your needs.

Faucet Configuration

When selecting a new faucet, you must first choose the type of handle configuration that works best for you. Some people prefer the simplicity of a single-handle faucet, while others find it too sensitive or are more comfortable with a traditional two-handle faucet. Another consideration is the appearance of the faucet. Single-handle faucets provide a sleek, modern look, while two-handle faucets are more traditional in appearance.

Faucet Operation

Single-handle faucets operate by combining the hot and cold water through one lever. The handle position governs the amount of hot or cold water dispersed through the faucet spout. Traditional, two-handle faucets provide a lever for both the hot and the cold water supply. The desired water temperature is achieved by adjusting each handle to increase or decrease the amount of hot or cold water flowing through the spout.

Plumbing Requirements

Aside from the number of holes in the sink or countertop, different faucet plumbing between the two types of faucets is not required. The faucets are designed to connect to existing faucet plumbing configurations to provide the easiest installation possible. This makes the faucets extremely attractive for do-it-yourself homeowners as well as plumbing contractors. Most include optional base plates that allow the faucets to mount to single- or multiple-hole countertop or sink applications.

Additional Considerations

Traditionally, the faucet’s mounting holes passed through the sink. Although this method is still in practice today, mounting the faucet directly to the countertop has become more popular. This is due to the advent of under-mount sinks. Granite and other types of solid-surface applications fabricated with under-mount sinks require the faucets to mount through predrilled holes in the countertop.

Before purchasing your new faucet, it would be wise to consult with your plumbing or building contractor to determine the correct faucet type and configuration for your project.

For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.

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