Today I spent 15 minutes fixing a bathtub faucet -- but I spent over 2
hours looking for proprietary parts. Does the lack of plumbing
standards seem particularly absurd to anyone else?
I'm wondering what it would take to force some standards on this out
of control industry?
Plumbing fittings have standards, however faucets and other fixtures used in
bathrooms and kitchens are all about style, fashion, colour and look just
the same as cars. Do you think that you can find a standard car steering
wheel. No, you must replace one with the same brand and model as the
original manufacturer designed for that car. The biggest peeve that I have
with faucets and many other items used in houses, is that the manufacturer
does not always identify the fact that they made them. While I don't like to
see the manufacturer's logo or name emblazoned on a faucet, I would
appreciate their name in a inconspicuous location, so I know where to go for
Packing is packing and faucet washers are faucet washers I've always
found. They don't have to be exact to work. What else do you need to
change unless you want to change the whole thing?
Try the internet. One time I found some new stems on line for a mongrel
faucet I bought at Home Depot. The person's pipes froze and broke the
stem so the faucet always dripped.
buffalo ny: sometimes the older pre-legislation faucets give more
needed flow with larger inside diameters [as opposed to water saving
flow restriction design that is rated for 60 to 80 psi and higher.]
this older design is still needed in lower pounds per square inch city
areas [mine is 42PSI] and in non-city-water systems that are gravity
fed. look for NOS [new old stock] fixtures on ebay if this is your
problem similar to mine. the patience you learn in plumbing repairs
arrives after a dripless 24 hour revisit to the problem.
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