What’s a Four-Inch Centerset Faucet?
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As homeowners shop around for bathroom faucets to complete their vanity set, they’ll see a lot of references to measurements. When it comes to centerset faucets, four-inch is the measurement most commonly listed. But what does it mean? Understanding where to find this measurement is essential to ensuring the faucet will fit a specific vanity or sink.
Measuring Between the Mounting Holes
The four-inch measurement for a centerset faucet refers to the center to center distance between the two furthest mounting holes. Centerset faucets have three mounting holes. There’s space for a connection to each tap and then the mixing connection for the spout in the middle. All faucets with this kind of mounting pattern are measured between the two furthest spaced openings to get the desired measurement.
How to Measure Accurately
It’s not enough to simply measure to the inside or outside of the mounting holes. The correct way to measure a faucet’s spread is to measure from the middle of each of the two openings. It’s a little tricky to perfectly center a measuring tape or yardstick over each hole, but it’ll result in the most accurate measurement. Many homeowners are concerned that their sink seems to have a non-standard mounting pattern when they’re just measuring from the wrong side. A four-inch sink is closer to five inches wide if you measure to the outside edge of both openings, but a faucet marked with that measurement won’t necessarily fit. Try printing out a faucet mounting pattern diagram to make it even easier than trying to read a tape measure.