95+ year old house and I decided to get a new kitchen wall-mount faucet.
The one I had only had a 5.5" reach spout. So, I look all over and
finally find one I figure is OK for me. A store close by sells me a
Pasco commercial medium duty wall-mount with a 10" spout, which is what
I figured might be about right for my sink and me. $58 bucks or so out
I install it a couple of days ago and made a mistake, but I may have
gotten away with it. I removed the adjustable brass fittings that the
old faucet was attached to and put on the new ones that came with the
Pasco. The reason it was a mistake is that the pipes coming out from the
wall tiles are so old that they crumbled somewhat in taking off the old
fittings. I wasn't at all sure I could put on the new ones and not have
a leak. However, I don't detect any leaking... yet. If I had it to do
again, I would have left the old fittings on there and attached the new
faucet to THEM. The old ones don't look THAT bad. I really don't want to
get into replacing tile, and I figured that would have to happen if I
replace the water piping coming out of the wall.
The faucet worked fine for a couple of days and then this morning I
noticed that the pressure on the cold was reduced. In a matter of
seconds it was reduced to zero. No flow.
The water main was replaced in January, which was old and crumbling, but
the short distance of pipe from where the new main enters the house and
goes to the kitchen sink (maybe 8-10 feet), is still old galvanized
pipe. I figured that something had sluffed off from the pipe and was
blocking the cold water.
So, I turned off the water main, removed the cold valve on the new
faucet. It looked OK. I then turned on the water main, what I figured
was not much more than a trickle, to blow out whatever was blocking the
flow. I turned the water off again at the shut-off, and came back into
the kitchen. Water all over, but no catastrophe. There was water on the
ceiling... I'd opened the main too much. Anyway, I put the valve stem
back in, turn on the water again and all was fine... for a few hours.
This afternoon, again the cold flow was slow and in a matter of seconds,
I turn off the shut-off again, remove the stem, get a slower flow going
in the shut-off, come back and put the stem in and still no water from
the cold. The hot is fine, evidently. Sometimes when I turn the cold on,
water flows for 1/100 second and then, wham! It hammers shut, no water.
I figure maybe, just maybe something is stuck between the cold water
valve and the join, where the hot and cold mix, just before going into
the spout. Is that what's causing this? If so, how can I expel
whatever's in there? This just seems so weird. I've never experienced
anything like this. Does anyone have an idea what's wrong? Thanks for