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Five holes in the countertop, four things to put in them. What should I put in the fifth?

I am replacing my kitchen faucet. My countertop has five holes that are currently occupied by the faucet spout itself, two handles, a sprayer, and an air gap thingy. The new faucet has only one handle, the spout, a soap dispenser, and the air gap. So that leaves me with one extra hole. What can/should I put in it? I'm pretty sure I can find a cap to fit in it, but that seems like a waste of a perfectly good hole.
posted by LittleMissCranky to Home & Garden (16 answers total)
 
Put a filtered water dispenser under the sink and run a line up. Or one of those instant-hot water things.
posted by CathyG at 9:11 PM on March 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Do you think you could use a hot water dispenser? I have seen a special spout for this in many homes.
posted by milestogo at 9:12 PM on March 17, 2010


How big is the hole? I'd put a small tube of some kind in and use it as a vase for a single flower.
posted by Wantok at 9:17 PM on March 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Seconding filtered water, unless your water is already really good. We make our coffee and tea with filtered water, and it makes a noticeable difference.
posted by dws at 9:35 PM on March 17, 2010


The trouble with the hot water taps is they tend to corrode and leak. I'd go with a filtered tap for cold water.

They sell plugs to cover the extra hole.
posted by wkearney99 at 9:44 PM on March 17, 2010


Love the vase idea!
posted by Marky at 9:45 PM on March 17, 2010


Don't get an instahot unless you like high utility bills. We had one installed in our house while I was in college and my parents were shocked by how high the utility bills climbed. They eventually just took it out because it was too costly to operate.
posted by arnicae at 9:52 PM on March 17, 2010


whiskey faucet. Whiskey Faucet. WHISKEY FAUCET. WHISKEY FAUCET!
posted by 256 at 10:06 PM on March 17, 2010 [15 favorites]


We have a liquid hand soap dispenser in the spare hole. No messy soap bars and a ready supply of soap for dirty hands.
posted by Old Geezer at 10:40 PM on March 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


hand lotion dispenser
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 1:10 AM on March 18, 2010


Soda water dispenser? Combine with juice concentrate and you've got a soda fountain.
posted by alexei at 1:57 AM on March 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


My husband and I argued endlessly about whether to put dish detergent or happy soft hand soap in the soap dispenser - you could do both! Like the lotion idea, though, there will be a learning period where you can't remember which is which.
posted by aimedwander at 6:38 AM on March 18, 2010


Another vote here for an Instant Hot Water Dispenser. We moved into a home about 5 years ago that already had one of these installed and I thought it was a silly kitchen gizmo. Much to my chagrin, we use it ALL the time!
posted by labwench at 6:52 AM on March 18, 2010


Beer tap!

Okay, I know beer tap is a pretty complicated thing but wouldn't that be awesome!? We are plotting to install beer taps in our kitchen countertop for homebrew.
posted by amanda at 7:56 AM on March 18, 2010


We put in one of these push button disposal actuators in ours.
posted by Big_B at 2:20 PM on March 18, 2010


Did the push-button disposal thing. Surprisingly awesome. Thanks everyone!
posted by LittleMissCranky at 10:14 PM on April 18, 2010


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