One Faucet For Both? He Made It Happen

Alex Manoogian, the Armenian immigrant responsible for making the single-handled faucet a ubiquitous fixture in modern bathrooms and kitchens, died here Wednesday. He was 95.

Manoogian, who ran a small machine shop specializing in automobile parts, was approached in 1952 by three inventors of a ball valve joint, which was capable of making hot and cold water run from a single tap.

They were looking for someone to develop a faucet based on the valve at a time when there were virtually no single-handled faucets on the market.

He put his shop to work. Two years later he had a faucet whose handle could be turned left or right for hot or cold water and be pushed or pulled to control the volume.

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