anatomy of a kitchen faucet
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Anatomy of a Kitchen Faucet

No matter how fancy or simple, they all contain the same basic elements.

Aerator: Reduces the water's flow rate and curbs splashing.

Spout: Delivers water from the body to the sink.

Handle: Opens and closes the valve.

Valve Controls: the flow rate and water temperature.

Body: Blends hot and cold water headed for the spout.

Supply: lines Connect to the house's hot and cold water pipes.
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