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Dawn Faucets & Sinks

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Kitchen Faucets

The are dozens - maybe hundreds - of faucet designs to complement the style of your kitchen. As you browse the aisles of your favorite home-supply center, faucets with stylized, sculpted lines compete for your attention with more traditional models. Finishes range from the familiar to the modern and exotic. Faucets are more precise and easy to adjust than ever. The best models have improved water-control mechanisms and use ceramic disks instead of rubber washers to ensure longer life and fewer repairs. So, whether the faucet you choose looks futuristic or like the one in your great-grandmother's kitchen, it'll be a long while before you wake up to that drip. 
 

SELECTING THE RIGHT FAUCET

To narrow your choices for the right faucet, ask yourself the following questions:
What kind of faucet design would suit your kitchen decor?
What will you be using the sink for?
How many people will be using it?
How big the sink?
What finish do you want on the faucet?

 

One- and two-handle faucets are both popular, although more homeowners buy one-handle models these says. Once you're used to them, single-handle faucets usually are easier to use. With just one handle, setting the right water temperature can de done with less adjustments than with a two-handle faucet. And with a little practice, you'll be able to find the temperature you want on the first try. Another important advantage to the single-handle faucet - especially models with longer handles - is that you can turn the water on with your elbow or your wrist  when you hands are full, or covered with cooking grease or cake batter.

Some single-handle faucets require just one hole on the sink or sink ledge, so they take up less room and are cheaper to install. And without a handle  on each side to get in the way, the spout has a greater swinging radius. This makes single-handle faucets are more practical with double- or triple-bowl sinks, when you need all the swivel power you can get for extra reach.

Two-handled faucets are still popular among homeowners who want more traditional styles. And, you can combine different handles and spouts for a customized look. Two-handled faucets in contemporary  and other styles also are available.

SPOUT LENGTH AND SHAPE

The length toward bigger sinks has created a demand for longer spouts. The spout should reach as close as possible into the center of the sink area. Large sinks - or multiple-bowl sinks areas - may call for 12- or 14-inch spout. Otherwise, an average-size sink (in the 25 x 22-inch range) usually requires an 8- or 10-inch-long spout. You may still have trouble cleaning the far reaches of a large double sink with longer spout, particularly if the spout rotates less than 180 degrees. A spray hose that is long enough to clean every corner of your sink may help solve this problem. Another popular solution is the faucet/hose a future that combines the functions of s faucet spout and spray hose. A second faucet may be necessary - for instance, when the sink area has two large, separate sinks.

Spout design can affect the versatility of the sink. A high, pronounced arch provides more clearance under the faucet for filling or cleaning large pots. This gooseneck design - and similar variations - is important when the sink is relatively shallow and small.

FAUCET MECHANISMS

Faucets made of brass parts that feel solid and heavy. Plastic parts are less expensive, but they're not as durable. The most important part of a facet is the internal valve mechanism, which governs the flow of water through the spout. There are four types of valve mechanism: compression, cartridge, ball, and disk. Compression valves are the traditional type: a rubber washer stems the flow of water. Because the washer eventually becomes worn, these faucets tend to drip. Ball and cartridge mechanisms are newer; they are more reliable than compression models. the latest advance is ceramic-disk faucets. They have two ceramic disks that move against each other to block the flow of water. They are generally more expensive, but they are also virtually maintenance-free. You can turn a good ceramic-disk faucet on full with just a quarter turn of the handle.

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Pullout & Pulldown Faucets Pre-Rinse & Professional Faucets Single Handle Faucets Two Handle Faucets
Pullout/Pulldown Faucets Pre-Rinse/ Professional Faucets Single Handle Faucets Two Handle Faucets
       
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Pot Fillers Wall Mount Faucets Bar Sink Faucets Laundry & Utility Faucets
       
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