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The Plumber: Toast new year with new bar sink, faucet

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Dear Ed: Happy New Year Ed. My plumbing resolution this year is to install a wet bar in my basement. To my surprise, there are many types and styles of bar faucets and sinks available today. Can you point me in the right direction?

— Harry, Minnesota

Dear Harry: Years ago, all you had to do was ask for a bar faucet and a bar sink at your local supply house. Today, there are many choices for bar sinks and faucets. You may need some guidance to make sure you get the correct bar faucet for the bar sink you choose.

Start with the bar sink. Cast iron and stainless steel are the two most popular materials, and you can get them in drop-in or under mount styles. Bar sinks are smaller than standard kitchen sinks and need special faucets.

Once you have your bar sink, check out the sink faucet hole layout. For a one-hole sink, get a one-hole bar faucet. For a two-hole sink, a two-hole faucet, and for a three-hole sink, you guessed it, a three-hole bar sink faucet is needed.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is author of “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.