Need a reliable three hole kitchen faucet

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by E. Williams, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. E. Williams

    E. Williams New Member

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    I am replacing a Koehler Forte which is leaking for the third time. I just had a plumber here who wanted to charge $450 for a Moen that was listed on their site for $142. I want a dependable polished nickel three hole with side sprayer. Any suggestions?
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Polished nickel finishes will cost more than the more typical chrome. Most any brand will make a single-handle faucet - it will either come with or have an optional plate to cover the existing holes. Finding one with two valves and the spout for a 3-hole sink requires knowing the spacing of the holes. Personally, I prefer a single handle to get the desired volume and temp. This type of replacement normally isn't a huge effort, and many DIY'ers are capable of doing it themselves. It can be a pain if the nuts (assuming the existing valves have nuts on the bottom) are rusted, but some single handle ones unscrew from the top, then slide out from the bottom. A basin wrench doesn't cost much, should you need one, but sometimes, you have to cut the foolish things off, and that can be awkward. This type of wrench has a long shaft to reach up behind the sink to loosen (or tighten) the nuts, should the valve have them (some use a clamp and a screw). You should also replace the shutoffs at the wall if they are old; preferably with 1/4-turn ball valves. That price would seem to equate to about a 2-2.5hours of labor with the faucet and incidentals. It might take you that long, but most pros would be done quicker. My mother had a similar faucet that was replaced with a tall, single handle pullout spout. To fill the side sprayer hole, we bought a soap dispenser that matched. It came with the plate to cover the other holes. This was a Delta, but Moen is good, too. I have a Grohe in my home that's been working fine for about 10-years now.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    ALL kitchen sinks have the same 8" c/c dimension so your only task is to find a faucet you like. Delta and Pfister both make "two handle" faucets which are reliable and easily serviced with readily available parts.
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