Plumber: 3 rea­sons why cast-iron fix­tures are a solid choice

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - ED DEL GRANDE

Q: Dear Ed: We’re build­ing a new house and I want to use cast iron for our sinks, shower base and bath­tub. My hus­band says it sounds old­fash­ioned to use cast iron for so many plumbing fix­tures and I should look at other ma­te­rial choices as well. Is there any­thing out of the or­di­nary with my pref­er­ence to use as many cast-iron fix­tures as pos­si­ble? •Ann, Wis­con­sin A: To­day’s plumbing fix­tures are avail­able in a va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als.

In most cases, it gets down to per­sonal taste and us­ing a good ma­te­rial fit for the needed fix­ture ap­pli­ca­tion.

From what I’ve seen, cast iron can be a great all-around fix­ture choice be­cause of three ba­sic rea­sons:

1. Strength: Hey, it’s called enam­eled cast iron. It’s a strong, heavy-duty ma­te­rial that is very re­sis­tant to scratches, chips, cracks and burns.

2. Style: Be­cause cast-iron plumbing fix­tures are avail­able in con­stantly chang­ing shapes and colours, cast-iron fix­tures al­ways seem to be in style. For kitchen sink use, you can eas­ily match just about any type of coun­ter­top.

3. Green fac­tor: Cast-iron fix­tures con­tain a good por­tion of re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, and that’s good news all around.

So, when you add ev­ery­thing up, noth­ing should cast a doubt on your cast-iron fix­ture choice.

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.

KOHLER, TNS

Cast iron can be a great all-around fix­ture choice.

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