Did you know that one gallon of fresh water weighs 8.34 pounds? And carrying two or more gallons from the sink to the stovetop can put a strain on your body.
The easy remedy? Install a pot filler.
Like the kitchen faucet, a pot filler is a plumbing fixture designed to dispense water. Pot fillers, though, are designed to eliminate the trouble of carrying a pot full of water to the stovetop, prevent spillage and save your back, hands, arms and shoulders. With just a turn of a handle, water flows right to a pot on your stovetop.
A pot filler’s versatility makes it more than just a luxury item. They come in two varieties (wall-mounted or deck-mounted), but one thing remains constant: it must be placed close enough to the stove top so that the folding arm can reach it.
Pot fillers are commonly made of brass, metal or stainless steel, and the handles are usually made of metal. Ceramic disc cartridges have replaced rubber washer gaskets. Considered the industry’s hardest, most reliable valving material, ceramic discs reliably control water flow and are designed to last a lifetime.
Once found only in restaurant kitchens, pot fillers have migrated into the residential kitchen, bringing with them a host of brilliant and time-saving features.
Space economy. The arm of this time-saving fixture swings out of the way when it’s not being used.
Themes. Pick a motif, and you’ll find a fixture to match it.
Handle options. They’re available in your choice of one or two handles (a second control eliminates any leaks and dripping), and handle styles vary from cross to lever handles.
Configuration. Most fixtures come with one or two faucet holes.
Unlike a standard kitchen faucet, there are no real placement guidelines, so you’ll want to make sure the spout has the right height and reach.
Some kitchens are capable of hosting a pot filler, while others are not so conducive. Mounting one will take some planning, especially if you’re adding to existing plumbing. Either way, you’ll want to plan with a contractor.
A pot filler may not be the kitchen’s most popular fixture (yet), but its popularity has grown steadily. Ingenuity and ease of operation have made it one of the most attractive features in today’s kitchen.
Until next time, Happy Home Improving!
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