Q: Dear Ed: I'm building a wet bar in my basement and would like a bar faucet with a lot of options so I can multitask when I am behind the bar. I also want to wash glasses at the bar. Do they make bar faucets with pullout spray heads?
– Tim, Michigan
A: In many cases, a bar faucet can look like a mini-kitchen faucet. This means bar faucet features can include options like one-handle operation and a pullout spray head.
Some manufacturers even offer "faucet families" – basically a standard kitchen faucet sold with an exact copy of a smaller bar faucet. This way if you have an island sink in the kitchen, the bar faucet and kitchen faucet perfectly match.
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Remember, standard bar sinks are smaller than standard kitchen sinks. This can restrict work space when washing dishes.
So, I recommend finding a pullout bar faucet with a pause feature on the spray head. Remember, it's called a bar faucet for a reason, and a little extra water flow control can help you use it responsibly.
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.