Q: Dear Ed: I want to install a new bathroom faucet but have been confused about what type to order. The faucet I like is called a “widespread” faucet. What is a widespread faucet and will it fit on my present bathroom sink?
— Jennifer, Texas
Ed Del Grande: Widespread bathroom sink faucets are a great choice for larger vanities and pedestal bathroom sinks.
Like the name says, the faucet handles and spout are spread out a little farther from each other over a standard-type bathroom faucet.
This means you need to have a widespread setup on your present sink, or you’ll need to install a new sink to accommodate the faucet.
The usual widespread sink hole setup is three faucet holes that measure between 8- to 16-inches from one handle side to the other, with the spout in the middle.
Bottom line: Know your sink type and style before ordering your new faucet to avoid widespread confusion.
Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write email@example.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.