Installing a Water Ionizer
with a Pull-Out,
(with recessed aerator)
When installing an ionizer
in one of todays modern kitchens, one of the most difficult
obstacles to overcome is the pull-out, spray-style faucet. These
newer model faucets are so convenient that were sure theyll
be around for a good long time.
With a little know-how and a few different options an ionizer
can be installed in your kitchen no matter what type of faucet
you have-even the difficult pull-out, spray-style with recessed
Option 1: Direct Connection
to Spray-Style Faucet: If
youre planning to hook your ionizer to your pull-out, spray-style
faucet with a diverter, youll need a special adapter
because the aerator is recessed into the faucet and needs
an added extension to make a diverter valve fit. In order to
find this adapter, its important that you know exactly
what to call it, 15/16, 27th male adapter for speakman
style. Because the part can be difficult to find and
is not always available at your local hardware store, you may
need to order it through the Internet. Using the exact words
noted above, you can do a Google search and find several places
selling the adapter at an average cost of four dollars.
Option 2: Cold Water Line
The first option is
to install a connection directly to the cold water line.
There are several different adapters and fittings to make
the connection and these are widely available at most hardware
stores. This option leaves the spray attachment intact and operational.
It also frees an expensive and nice-looking faucet from a diverter
valve hanging off its side. This option requires that you find
a clear path to the ionizer from under the counter top. A ¼
hole can be drilled through the counter where the back splash
meets the top-its so small that you have to look hard to
even notice it. You could even run the hose right up next to
your soap dispenser.
Option 3: Undersink Installation
with Undersink Kit
For ionizer models which can be converted for undercounter
installation there is also the option of installing an undersink
kit. All youll need is a 1½ hole drilled
through the sink or counter top. Standard plumbing fixtures use
the same size hole, making it easy to slip the kits faucet
right in through a pre-drilled soap dispenser or accessory hole.