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Originally published Friday, May 3, 2013 at 8:06 PM

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Touchless kitchen faucets improving

The early residential touchless faucets were basically commercial faucets adapted for home use, and they did not get a very warm welcome.

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Ed the Plumber

Q: I’ve seen advertising about the “new” touchless-kitchen-faucet technology available for home use. A few years back, I had my plumber install a touchless faucet and found it hard to control.

I have since replaced it, but I’m willing to give it another try if you can give me some good news. What new changes have they made and how do they work?

— Linda, Maine

A: First off, many food experts have told me that touchless-faucet technology in the kitchen is a good idea, especially when handling raw foods. So there is a good incentive for having touchless technology in the kitchen.

The early touchless faucets were basically commercial faucets adapted for home use, and they did not get a very warm welcome. Then faucet manufacturers started designing kitchen faucets that had a touchless option.

This now allows the user to set the desired temperature and flow as normal, but when a hand is waved over the sensor, the faucet will stop.

When activated again, the flow and temperature settings stay the same until the user manually turns off the faucet. This allows constant on-off touchless operation of the faucet while working in the kitchen.

Master plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “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. Always consult local contractors and codes. Sorry, no personal replies.

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