something just be totally perfect? Must there always be a catch?
These are the
questions I've been asking myself in the days and weeks since I replaced my
kitchen faucet with a new Touch2O faucet from
Delta Faucet. (The Addison lavatory faucet is shown at right; photo courtesy of Delta Faucet.)
You see, the
faucet itself is perfect! Totally perfect. But there is a catch.
First, let's talk
about why these faucets, which are available for both kitchen and bath, are
1. Easy installation. In the box you'll find pretty much everything you
need to do the installation on a standard setup, even a special little wrench
designed to make the installation easier. The directions are easy to
understand with nice, clear graphics showing you how to do the job. Great
for a visual learner like me!
2. Beautiful design. This faucet is hot! The finish is beautiful (mine is a
brushed stainless), and the high arch of the spout is a wonderful change from
the old-fashioned faucet we had. Attractive handle, too!
3. Functional design. The sprayer doubles as a handheld sprayer just
by pulling it out of the spout, where it's held nicely in place with a
magnet. (The magnet is a brilliant idea.) The high, arching spout does more
than just look great. It works great, too. Big pots, no problem.
4. Rockin' awesome touch feature! The touch feature is beyond-words great.
You might think, "What's the big deal—how hard is it to turn on a
faucet?" I was right there with you but no longer. Once you go touch,
you'll never go back.
So, what's the
drawback? What's the big "catch" that's going to be a part of my
life for the foreseeable future?
Now, whenever any
of our family visits anyone and attempts to use the kitchen faucet, we walk
right up and smack it one. Sometimes, we smack it a second time a
little harder because it so rudely rebuffed our first, gentle touch. About this
time, we usually realize we're dealing with "old-timey" plumbing and recover
accordingly, but the damage is done as our hosts look at us with that "Are you
OK?" quizzical expression.
Oh well, whatcha
gonna do? Life's rough.
— Tim Layton
Tim Layton was
once a wealthy building contractor. He's now a starving blogger who writes at
remodelingguy.net and everythingetsy.com.
Need tips for
installing a new faucet or repairing an old one? Check out these great
- How to Repair a Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet
- How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet
- How to Repair a Kitchen Faucet
You can purchase
the Delta Addison single-handle, pull-down kitchen faucet through our affiliate
The touch feature (actually a no-touch feature) is grat when your hands are covered in dirt or gunk. Enough said.
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