I have a Lifetime brand sink - which makes for awful search problems in
Google in the way that LyfeTyme would not - almost all plumbing pages have
the word "Lifetime" in them somewhere.
The cold side had started to leak and since I had only the word "Lifetime"
and the old cartridge (which has no marks or identification that I can see)
to go by, I went to the local plumbing supply house and found what was
visually the most similar cartridge, a Streamway PF 141228PK. The Streamway
worked for a while, but the hot side is leaking and I can't seem to find a
replacement now (sink is way old) at the same store or even on-line - wait -
I haven't searched on the UPC code yet - 054374130115 - Nada!!! Zero
Where's the best place to search on-line for something like this? Google
left me high and dry on the product number.
I know that at $5 each that it's cheap enough to replace the whole cartridge
with all new O-rings but it looks like the hot side O ring that sits under
the head of the brass faucet stem has flattened out. Is it foolish to try
to just redo the O ring and not just drop in the whole cartridge? The old
one's not cracked and I realize now that the one I pulled has fewer O-rings
than the new one, and seems to have slots for them, but the new one is of a
very different design. I'll try to take pictures. It will be a lot easier
This is a very old house, to be sold as a 'needs to be gutted' fixer upper -
The plumbing to the tailpiece all hangs off a galvanized to copper junction
crusted with calcium that I know will spring a leak if I torque it around
too much. I'm not much of a plumber, but I can do the basics. I've just
learned from experience that old plumbing fails along predictable paths from
predictable causes. One of them is not locking pipes feeding the appliance
you're working on down hard with pipe straps before accidentally making them
8 foot long levers to pry apart old joints that could last forever if not
Yeah, I *should* replace all galvanized pipe but that's about 200X the work
of finding a new cartridge or rejuvenating an old one. I only need it to
last until the real estate market recovers. (-:
Sorry, can't help you myself, but I can suggest a place to try. One of
my favorite home-repair businesses in Bezerkely, The Sink Factory, is an
invaluable resource for just this sort of thing. Even if you're not in
the area, you might try asking them; the owner and his other couple
employees are very knowledgeable about such stuff, as they deal
exclusively with water-carrying fixtures of various types and their
attendant valves, faucets, etc.
The phrase "jump the shark" itself jumped the shark about a decade ago.
If you can get some good pictures, then send them to a large plumbing
supply house, they might recognize the manufacturer.
Good idea, thanks Bob!
I may give them a shout. Someone locally has suggested a plumbing supply
house in the business district that's been in the same place for 50 years
and is known for have NOS (new old stock) parts up the yin-yang. I've spent
enough effort on this that I could have pulled the whole damn thing and
replaced it, but with all the old piping, I'd rather not go that route
unless I totally dead end. Complicating things even further, the two
valves (hot cold) that were in the sink to begin with don't match. So I
have no idea what the original part might have been, only that they worked
for over a decade without a problem. I'm surprised the HOT side failed
first, but I suppose that could be because the cold side got more use.
I've yet to contact Streamway with the part number and UPC. They may have
them or know who does.
Thanks for your input!
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