No matter how well you take care of your HVAC system, most homeowners in Calgary will need to replace theirs at some point. Your HVAC system
For Kitchen faucets check to see how many holes the faucet will require to mount on the sink. Take into consideration any liquid dispensers, hot water taps, etc. Sinks can usually have anywhere from 1-5 holes in them. Some faucets have a plate that covers the extra holes that is usually optional use. Also check the specifications for spout length and height, etc.
Also consider the size of the water heater you have. If you have multiple showerheads and body sprays you will definitely need more hot water! If you are on a private well, make sure your pump will keep up.
Make sure that the sink you order has the correct number of hole drillings for the faucet and accessories you will be installing on it. Most sinks are available 3, 4, and 5 hole drillings. Sometimes 1 and 2 hole are available as well.
There are also different ways to install the sink. It can be self-rimming (surface mount), under-mount (under-counter), or tile in. In some cases wall mount is available.
Another thing to consider is the type of material you would like your sink made out of. There are cast iron, fire clay, stainless steel, enamel steel, and composite materials available.
Make sure your cabinet size is large enough to fit the sink you have selected. Always check the specifications! Also consider the countertop material. For example, laminate countertops (Formica) cannot have under-mount sinks installed on them.
The first and most important thing to check is the hole spacing for the faucets. Lavatories are usually available in 8” centers, 4” centers, and single hole drilling if they are self-rimming bowls. 8” or 4” is referring to the distance between the hot and cold handles. On these installations you will see 3 holes in the lav. The middle hole is for the spout, and/or lift rod for the pop-up assembly.
The next thing to consider is the type of installation. Self-rimming, undermount, tile-in, and above counter styles are available. And check the cabinet size and countertop material to make sure it will work. For example, laminate countertops (Formica) cannot have under-mount sinks installed. Always check the specifications.
There are also different materials available. Vitreous china, cast iron, stainless steel, and glass are some of the options to choose from.
There are 3 different rough-in sizes available in toilets. They are 10”, 12”, and 14”. The most common is 12”. This refers to the distance from the rough 2×4 wall to the center of the waste line hole in the floor. From a finished sheetrock wall (usually the sheetrock is ½”) you would measure approximately 11 1/2” to the hole in the floor, or the bolts that fasten the bowl to the floor. Check to see what the rough in dimensions are for your installation.
Also there are round front and elongated bowl options. Round front toilets are usually about 27 ½” from the finished wall to the front of the bowl, and elongated is approximately 29 ½” from the finished wall. These dimensions can vary from style to style. So check the specifications to make sure the toilet you select will fit the room you are putting it in. There are also ADA compliant, or comfort height toilets. The bowls on these toilets are higher from the floor than a standard toilet. The normal height for a toilet bowl is approximately 14”. A comfort height toilet is usually at least 16”. Again check the specifications for exact dimensions.
Another thing to consider is whether you would like a 1-piece or 2-piece toilet. This is a style preference. A 1 piece toilet has the tank and bowl molded into one unit. A 2 piece has the tank and bowl separate, which is the most common.
The main thing to decide is whether you would like a bidet faucet that has a vertical spray, or a horizontal spray. Vertical is probably the best choice, but is also the most expensive. Also make sure the faucets you select will fit the bidet you have selected. This is covered in how to select a bidet faucet segment of our website. Check specifications.
The things to check are the size of the tub, drain and pump location, type of installation, and your water heater size. Whirlpool tubs generally come in 5’, 6’, and corner tubs, however other sizes of whirlpool tubs are available. The drains can be on the left, or right hand end of the tub as you are facing it like you are getting in. This needs to be specified because the end the drain is on determines the pump location, and (if there is a tile flange) where the flange is to be located. A tile flange is required to keep the water from seeping between the tub and wall if the tub is installed tight to the surrounding walls. Some tubs have a center drain location. Make sure you can accommodate this if you select this type of tub.