What's the difference between a faucet and a spigot?

Faucet is the most common term in the US, similar in use to "tap" in British English. Spigot is used by professionals in the trade (such as plumbers), and typically refers to an outdoor fixture.


Subsequently, one may also ask, what is a spigot used for?

A spigot is a single knob faucet that only has one pipe it controls, like the outdoor spigot that you connect a garden hose to. A tap is used when there isn't a pipe, like when you tap a keg of beer, or tap a maple tree for syrup.

how does a spigot work? On a standard hose spigot, the when you close the valve handle, the water supply is shut off AT the spigot, which is directly at the point where the valve sits against the side of the house. The point of this is to protect the water supply from the elements and the freezing temperatures.

Consequently, why is a faucet called a tap?

Faucet comes from a French word and appears in English texts in the 1400s. It referred to the peg or stopper in a barrel. When a spigot (a tube) was used to draw off liquid (beer etc) , faucet referred to the stopper in the end of that tube.

What is a faucet in plumbing?

Faucet: A sink fixture that controls water flow. Most sink faucets have a mixing valve that allows the user to modify the temperature of the water by changing the ratio of hot to cold. Faucets may come with either two handles, one for hot and one for cold, or with a single lever handle that changes the mix ratio.

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