Spread Fit Faucets
This post is part of a series about bathroom remodeling (we service the greater San Jose CA metro area), as well as part of a sub-series on bathroom faucets. To access either of the lead posts please select one of the links below.
Spread fit faucets are so named because the handles can be spaced at various distances from the spout, provided it is not farther away that the maximum that specific faucet can do.
You can always tell a spread fit faucet because it has two handles (one hot, one cold) separate from the spout, and the mechanism whereby the water gets to and mixes in the spout can not be seen. The reason it can not be seen is that it is underneath the sink.
The image below shows a spread fit faucet prior to installation. it does not show the visible or trim pieces (the spout, the handles, etc) but it gives you the idea of how they work. The “piping” that allows hot and cold water to move from the valves into the spout is flexible plastic tubing that is on the underside of the sink. This is the reason you can space the handles out different lengths.
There is on disadvantage for this type of faucet for the Do It Yourself person and that is their installation is a bit more involved as you have to line up and stabilize (tighten) three different pieces individually, whereas other types of faucets are all just one piece.
As you can see from the pictures below, spread fit faucets come in a variety of styles and options. You’re sure to find one that suits the decor of your bathroom.
When you need a new faucet to fit into a sink with non standard faucet holes, you are forced into this choice. Nothing else will fit.
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