The Benefits of Pot Filler Kitchen Faucets
There are many benefits to potfiller kitchen faucets. These conveniently located water supplies eliminate the need to haul large and heavy amounts of water from the sink to the cooktop. Instead, simply sing the faucet out over the pot and fill the pot in a quick and easy manner. Not only does this method save on the cook's back but is also a lot safer than moving heavy pots across a sometimes slippery, kitchen floor. Lastly, modern kitchen pot fillers are a thing of beaut and add a touch of class to any new or remodeled kitchen. In short, a kitchen pot filler faucet, like the Royal Herbeau Pot Filler Royale above is an excellent addition to any kitchen. It adds convenience, improves safety and adds an elegant and stylish touch to the decor.
Some Excellent Pot Filler Faucets
Belle Foret BFN18001ORB Wall Mount Pot Filler, Oil Rubbed Bronze
The Installation of a Kitchen Pot Filler Faucet
The installation of a pot filler kitchen faucet involves two procedures, one major and one minor. The first involves the “roughing in” of the cold water supply pipe within the kitchen wall. Unless the homeowner has broad experience in plumbing, carpentry and the associated trades, it is preferable to let a professional plumber handle this portion of the job. The second part is the installation of the pot fill faucet. It requires some expertise and some specialized tools but is well within the ability of a moderately experienced homeowner or handyman.
Most homes that do not already have a kitchen potfiller faucet will not have the piping necessary to install one. Instead, the homeowner will have to have one inserted into an existing pipe or have a new one brought from an adjacent area.
Regardless, installing a cold water supply pipe requires that a hole be made in the kitchen wall. Once the homeowner has decided on the location, a plumber can decide how to proceed. Once the piping is run, a nipple is attached in the appropriate spot and installation of the faucet can proceed.
In new construction, the penetration of the wall can kept rather small as most of the “rough in” can be done before the wall is finished. In a retrofit, the hole will be a little larger as the plumber will need some space to accomplish the retrofit. Most pot filler kits come with a large back plate to hide this hole. Still, care must be taken to not enlarge the hole too much unless the wall will be replaced.
The installation of the actual faucet is quite simple when compared to the rough in work although much care must be taken to not damage the finish of the faucet.
A mounting bracket is included with the faucet. It attaches to the wall and will hold the faucet in place. The first step is to locate where the screws that will hold this bracket in place are to be located. Dry fit the bracket onto the faucet assembly and loosely attach the faucet to the pipe nipple. Push the bracket into position and mark the position of the holes. Be sure to orient the ring so that the mounting screws do no damage the existing pipe when they are installed.
Next, remove the faucet from the nipple and attach the mounting bracket to the wall. There are four screws that attach the bracket to the wall as well as one hex screw that will secure the nipple to the bracket.
The last step is to attach the faucet itself. First wrap the threaded end of the nipple with Teflon plumber’s tape. Then, place the decorative escutcheon plate on the end of the faucet. This plate will cover the mounting bracket and any holes in the wall. The faucet itself must be threaded onto the nipple and firmly seated. A specialized tool, a strap wrench, should be used to protect the finish of the faucet.