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posted: 8/12/2012 5:02 AM

Ask the plumber: Pull-out kitchen faucets let you 'go with the flow'

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  • Pull-out faucets offer normal or spray-flow water settings.

    Pull-out faucets offer normal or spray-flow water settings.
    courtesy of Kohler

By Ed Del Grande

Q. I am a retired woman and never thought I would enjoy reading about plumbing, until I found your column. I'm planning to have a new kitchen faucet installed and always had a separate spray hose. Now I'm thinking about getting the new style, with the spray hose built right into the faucet spout. I know they are fancy and cost a little more. So, other than style, what benefits will I get for spending the extra money?

A. You're describing what is called a "pull-out" or "pull-down" kitchen faucet. The pull-out style pulls straight out from the spout, while the pull-down has a candy-cane-shaped spout and the spray head pulls down. These faucets give kitchen sinks a very clean look, because the spray-head assembly is removed from the sink rim.

So, with an extra sink hole available, a soap dispenser can be installed, giving the user an additional kitchen-sink feature. An extra sink hole is just the start. With one spray/spout unit, the faucet is a lot easier to control than having a separate spray head and separate faucet spout.

Plus, whenever you want to do a wash-down or fill a pot, the faucet head is usually in your hand and can be pulled out a few feet.

Finally, pull-out faucets offer normal or spray-flow water settings for filling or washing.

With all these features, it's easy to see why many homeowners pull out their wallets and spend the extra money for a pull-out faucet!

• Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of "Ed Del Grande's House Call" and hosts TV and Internet shows. Visit or write Always consult local contractors and codes.

Scripps Howard News Service

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