Faucet

Bathroom budget can choose faucet style

By Ed Del Grande, Tribune News Service
Published 7:36 p.m. ET Oct. 8, 2020

  Dear Ed: I’m running the numbers for my new bathroom and noticed I can choose between a two-handle “widespread” faucet or a “centerset” faucet. Is there big differences between these types of faucets to help me with my choice?

Ted, New York state

Dear Ted: Centerset faucets are deck mounted with 4 inches between handles. Widespread faucets are made up with separate components and space between handles can be about 8 to 16 inches apart. But, the big difference can be the extra costs between installing a widespread bathroom faucet over a centerset faucet. These costs may determine what style you choose.

Some extra costs to be aware of are: Widespread faucets can be more expensive just to purchase the faucet itself. Also, because widespread faucets are sold in separate pieces, labor costs may be higher to install. Finally, special order bathroom sinks or counter tops may be needed. Bottom line: A widespread bathroom faucet can give you design impact, while a centerset faucet can give you savings!

Dear Ed: I am scheduled for a medical procedure in a few months and a taller toilet could help while I recover. Since I need a new toilet anyway, would the higher toilet fit my plumbing, and would this be an issue for other family members?

— Steve, Florida

Dear Steve: Residential comfort height toilets have become popular.

First, I want to point out that the height of most comfort height toilets is about the same as a standard dining room chair. So it’s not a drastic change from a standard toilet, just a couple inches or so higher to make it a little easier

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Pfister LF042JDCC Jaida Bathroom Faucet Review ~ October 2020

The Pfister Jaida Single Control Bath Faucet offers plenty of unique features that show off why Pfister is the cream of the crop. Lead-Free Compliance and exceeding Water-Sense Standards are among just two of those features. But be aware that all this comes at a price. Check out our best bathroom faucets list for more great ideas!

Why We Like It – Pfister LF042JDCC Jaida Bathroom Faucet

The Pfister Jaida offers some standard options, like ADA compliance so anyone can use it, along with options that are quite rare, such as no-tool installation and a never-leak guarantee, that combine into a bathroom faucet that’s one of a kind and makes you realize why Pfister is at the top of the faucet game.

Pros

  • Complies with Lead-Free Requirements
  • Variety of Great Finishes
  • Exceeds WaterSense Standard by 30%

Cons

  • A lot of Pfister-Only Parts means You Must Buy Replacements from Them
  • A Little Expensive

Performance

The Pfister Jaida Modern Single Control Bath Faucet meets all ADA requirements so people from all walks of life can use the faucet with ease. The faucet also complies with lead-free requirements set out by the U.S Safe Drinking Water Act. If lead-free is an important factor, please use, or consider using, the Brushed Centerset Lead Free Bathroom BF015 1 BN. If you live in California you’re in even more luck as the Pfister also exceeds CALGreen Criteria and is also in compliance with CEC water efficiency standards.

Design

The Pfister Jaida collection make use of a variety of finishes to catch your attention. These finishes include polished chrome, brushed nickel, spot-defense brushed nickel, and tuscan bronze. Pfast Connect reduces installation time and guarantees a secure connection to water supply lines. Finally, the installation requires no tools which is a plus for those who may be tool

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Remodeling Your Bathroom – What Does a 4 Inch Spread Faucet Say About Your Home?

Before I entered into the Kitchen & Bath industry I never thought about the difference between a 4″ spread faucet and an 8″ spread faucet. I grew up in a small, rural town and honestly can’t remember the type of faucet in any house I had seen, including my own. My parents built a new house in the late 70’s so I’m sure all the faucets were 4″ spread or also known as mini faucets. I really never looked or knew the difference.

Even in my 20’s, I owned my home and did a low budget renovation. I had to aleve myself of the 50’s blue from Kohler. Oddly, I don’t really know the official name of the color. I went to Home Depot and bought a new pedestal sink. It had a 4″ spread faucet hole drilling. I thought I was really ‘upgrading’. It definitely was an upgrade but if I had known in advance with a little extra money it would have made a bigger difference.

What is the big deal whether you have a 4″ and 8″ spread faucet? And for many of us… what does that mean anyway! A sink or countertop will determine the faucet spread you need. Holes are drilled to accommodate the faucet. Look at the hole drillings. If you put a measuring tape up to the holes there will be either a 4″ or 8″ spread between them. Please note that in all plumbing situations, you measure from the center of the hole and not the right or left of the hole. All plumbing measures are made from the center of the hole.

The upside with purchasing an 8 inch spread or also know as a widespread faucet is that it tends to be known as ‘higher end’. It means you took …

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