Q: Dear Ed: I read your past article about kitchen sink soap dispensers. You educated me on new countertop touchless dispensers that are now available. Well, at the time we were installing granite counters with an under-mount sink, and you saved us from drilling a second hole in the counter. Also, it works out so well in the kitchen, I was wondering if I should invest in two more for my bathrooms. Does that sound practical?
– Dolly, Texas
A: If something makes your life a little easier and it's within budget, I say it's practical.
Many homeowners are discovering stylish battery-operated hands-free soap dispensers are great for kitchens and bathrooms.
First, touchless dispensers promote better hygiene and are so much fun to use, especially for the kids. Also, a lighted timer takes the guesswork out of proper hand-washing lather time.
Finally, my favorite feature is no plumbing labor is necessary, just place it on the countertop and wash away any installation headaches.
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 email@example.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.