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Q: I love to cook for friends and family, especially during the holidays.
So I was thinking about asking my husband for a "pot filler faucet" installed in my kitchen for my big gift. Can you give me some information on these specialty faucets and how they are installed? This way, I can make a nice sales pitch to my husband and just maybe he will surprise me!
-- Ann, Iowa
A: I like the way you think -- getting all your information first, then making your case with a professional sales pitch. A pot-filler-type faucet is a good item to have in your kitchen if you want to cook like a pro.
Pot fillers are tall faucets with long swinging spouts that are installed close to your cook top or stove. True to the name, you can fill your pots right on the burner top, and avoid carrying water-filled pots across your kitchen. Plus, you can easily add more water while you're cooking.
Pot fillers usually have a higher flow rate for filling large pots. To install one, you need a little space close to your stove where a hole can be drilled, and an area under the counter where a cold-water line can be connected.
There's no need for a hot-water line or drains, but you do need to follow local codes. Final note: Price up the job first, because a pot filler can be a high-end item. Be careful not to drain your wallet!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Always consult local contractors and codes.