Sure, at the first glance it does look like you're causing damage.
But, how often do you need to remove that screw? Once ever 10 years to
replace the washer?
If you can get 10 years of service out of that faucet without having the
handles loosen up before you have to pay another 12 cents for two more
brass screws to last another 10 years, that's not an idea I would
dismiss out of hand.
And, both the screws and the spindles can be replaced for a few dollars,
so it's not like you can't get back to the original situation if you
It not only looks like you're causing damage, you are.
How about if you bugger it up and you don't get it
together to begin with? It only takes once for it to
be a problem.
Assuming said spindle is still available 10 years later.....
Even then, good luck with finding it and it only costing
a few dollars. Loctite on the other hand only costs a
few dollars and is readily available.
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