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Some Faucet Basics Part 2

Disc-Type Faucet

A disc type faucet is also a washer-less faucet. On one of these varieties, the water is controlled by openings in the two discs. When the discs are rotated to align, then the water is able to flow freely. Then when the discs are misaligned, the water is shut off.

These types of faucets may have one or two handles. These can usually be fixed by replacing the O-rings or by replacing the whole disc.

Tub & Shower Faucet

These are usually a combination style, where both the hot and cold water mix in a single arm. They are available in many different varieties and they can be built into the wall or flush mounted on the wall above the bathtub. In a three-valve bath and shower faucet; two valves control water and a third diverts the water either through the spout or to the showerhead. With a two-valve tub and shower faucet there is an automatic device on the spout that, when activated, diverts the water to the showerhead. The two-valve tub fillers and shower fittings fill either the tub or control the water in the shower, as do the tub and shower faucets

Lavatory & Kitchen Faucets

These often come in a combination style, where the hot and cold water mix in a single arm. They are available in several different varieties. There is a ledge-mounted faucet that is mounted in a horizontal position. And there are the standard lavatory faucets which are made with 4" centers. The wide spread faucets are made with an adjustable center with measurements up to 12". A wall-mounted unit is connected to pipes coming through the wall above the sink and it is mounted vertically.

The most common size in kitchen sink faucets is with an 8” center, but 4” and 6” are also available. Concealed faucets are mounted underneath the sink, with only the handle flanges and spout visible. Exposed faucets are mounted on top of the sink, with or without sprays.

Then there’s a mixing faucet, known generally as a single lever faucet, which is produced by a number of manufacturers as swing spout kitchen faucets, lavatory faucets and bath faucets. These faucets ordinarily operate by pushing the upright lever straight backward for a 50-50 opening of hot and cold water, back and to the right for cold, and back and to the left for hot water. They have the advantage of being quick-opening and quick-closing, and nearly all have complete repair kits.

An Over-The-Counter faucet is easier to install because there is no need to crawl under the sink and reach behind the basin to secure the faucet. It comes with factory-installed flexible supply lines and a spring-loaded toggle, with the screw head concealed by the escutcheon.

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