Dear Ed: I’m moving into an apartment without a dishwasher. No big deal, since I like washing dishes by hand. However, I would like to remove the present faucet and install a kitchen faucet that’s more user-friendly for washing dishes by hand. Any suggestions?

— Patty, New York

Dear Patty: Most restaurant kitchens include at least one commercial grade faucet with a heavy-duty flexible hose for a spout. The hose is supported by a high arching spring-like coil. Also, at the end of the hose is a powerful spray head used for washing off the plates. These faucets are easy to operate and really speed up the process of cleaning dishes.

The good news is semi-professional versions of spring-loaded faucets are available for home use. Features include a multi-function head for standard water use and spray cleaning tasks, a magnetic docking arm to lock the head in place and a booster button to increase the water flow rate for pressure rinsing.

Bottom line: Choosing a semi-pro kitchen faucet can be a commercial success for your kitchen.

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

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