Foot pedals AND hand valves for kitchen sink?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by moclov555, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. moclov555

    moclov555 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2019
    Location:
    NYC
    First post here but have been reading a ton on this forum throughout the process of renovating our apartment and have learned a lot from this great resource.

    I’m about to rough in the plumbing for our new kitchen. I’ve always wanted foot pedals on my kitchen sink after seeing them in a commercial kitchen. Found some options online with pedals for separate hot and cold, just cold, or single pedal mixed warm. Looking through the instruction manuals and diagrams I could find it seems that they are designed to be the only way to turn on water to the sink, in other words they replace the hand valves completely. I want to maintain the option to control the sink with hand valves as well for things like filling large pots where I don’t want to have to stand at the sink with my foot on the valve while it fills up. I’m thinking there must be a way to have the best of both worlds with both the foot valve and hand valves connected together, maybe with some check valves and a tee that combines the output of both valves before going to the tap. Obviously the hand valves would need to be physically separate from the tap for this to work (not a one piece design).

    Does anyone see a problem with this idea or think it would work? Know a better way to achieve this? Thanks!
     
  2. hj

    hj Master Plumber

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2004
    Occupation:
    Plumber
    Location:
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    You would have to do some "serious" remodeling of the faucet to do it.
     
  3. Sponsor

    Sponsor Paid Advertisement

     
  4. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2013
    Location:
    IL
    How about a separate spout? Maybe a pot filler???
     
  5. moclov555

    moclov555 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2019
    Location:
    NYC
    Considered a separate spout but think that might look weird. Doing a pot filler over the stove but I still see a need for both foot and hand valves over the sink.

    Happy to do some “serious” modifications to the tap. This is a hobby for me. I have access to a milling machine and a lathe and can braze and tig brass and bronze if necessary.

    Thoughts on the check valve and tee idea? Thanks!
     
  6. themp

    themp Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2008
    Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2019
  7. moclov555

    moclov555 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2019
    Location:
    NYC
    Thanks for your response, Themp. I have already seen that person’s writeup and got some good info from it although they still are foot pedal only.

    The Delta touch faucets are a great solution but unfortunately their designs aren’t my taste and I would like to use a commercial T&S Brass faucet and valves. If there was an aftermarket version of this technology that could simply be clipped onto the metal parts of any faucet (maybe with some nonmetallic unions between the pipe and faucet) then I would be happy to go this route instead of a pedal. Maybe hacking up one of the Delta units will be an option...

    Still looking for feedback on the tee and check valves idea. Any plumbing reason why that wouldn’t work well?? Thanks.
     
  8. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2013
    Location:
    IL
    I don't know that you need check valves. But you would need to tap into the faucet assembly after the valving on the way to the faucet spout.
     
  9. themp

    themp Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2008
    Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Why not just use two of these on the incoming water lines and use a switch instead of a mechanical foot valve.

    https://amzn.to/2FNjHry
     
  10. Plumber Man

    Plumber Man In the Trades

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2016
    Location:
    Iowa
Similar Threads: Foot pedals
Forum Title Date
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice Help identifying clawfoot tub faucet stems Sep 30, 2021
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice Clawfoot Rough-in + Wall Faucet Mar 13, 2021
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice Plastic or brass foot valve Feb 27, 2021
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice 1400 foot water line in hill country TX Feb 26, 2021
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice Vertical vent ok through footing? Jan 10, 2021

Share This Page