Q: Dear Ed: My husband came home this week with a new cast-iron kitchen sink that he bought for a discount. While I like the sink and the low price, there is an issue. The sink has five faucet holes! We planned for a pull-out kitchen faucet that will take care of the three holes in the middle. What do we do with the two extra holes on each side of the faucet?

– Ann, New Jersey

A: Usually kitchen sinks with extra faucet holes are ordered per the faucet type and sink accessories chosen. It could be that the sink was ordered, the sale never went through and the price was lowered. So, now you’re basically working backwards. You have a sink with extra holes and need to fill the holes with extra accessories.

The easiest and most inexpensive way is to order faucet hole caps to cover and plug the extra sink holes. However, you will see the round covers and you may not like that look. A soap dispenser is another affordable way to fill one of the holes. But that still leaves another hole to fill. If possible, you could get a different style kitchen faucet with a remote spray head to fill that last hole. Or, install a separate beverage faucet next to your kitchen faucet that can supply filtered water, while clearing up your extra hole issue at the
same time.

Master Contractor/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.

By Ed Del Grande, Tribune News Service (TNS)