I have a leak that's formed where one of the water lines connects to
the kitchen faucet. (Please see photo at
http://www.sunriveronline.org/leak ). What's needed in order to fix
it? A new washer? Replacement parts? Are parts available at any Home
Depot or such store, or do I need to contact the faucet manufacturer?
My BIL is a master plumber. When he installed my new faucet with those
same flex hoses he always coverd all the threads with pipe dope (not
teflon tape) and then puts everything together. I've never had a leak.
Easy to try and reversible if it doesn't work out.
Thank you for the input here. I've taken off the hoses and am headed
out to Lowe's to try and find some replacements. The brass fittings
these were taken off of have some green algae or corrosion on them.
What's the best way to clean these fittings up? Steel wool? Rough
Also, should Teflon tape be used when reconnecting the hoses? Is
Teflon safe for potable water?
Try tightening it more. First make sure the leak is not dripping down from
above. You might just install a new supply line. Shut off angle stop remove
supply line, use a back up wrench do not let the tube spin from the fixture.
Take it with you most likely 1/2" iron pipe by 3/8" compression.
I have a similar problem. First, see if you can tighten the
connection (the picture isn't clear on this, but it looks like a
screw-on fitting). If you can't hold the pipe to screw the connector
on, you have the same problem I have. I've decided the faucet is at
fault, not giving a decent mechanical connector to attach to. I'm
buying a new faucet with good 1/2 inch connectors that are fixed in
place, and if I get a sprayer it must have a connection that is
similarly fixed in place. Don't just look at the top of the faucet
when you are buying it. The bottom (connection configuration) is of
equal or better importance. (This time I'm going shopping for it
without my wife.)
Thanks for the help I received in this forum. I successfully tackled
the problem and all is good with the world again. I say this every
time I climb under the sink, but I fully appreciate plumbers who
squeeze themselves in tight dark spots every day for a living.
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