The faucet handles in our house all have little white caps in the
center covering the screw that holds the handle in place. They look
like porcelain, but might be plastic, and have the words "Hot" or
One of them fell off. They appear to have been glued in place. The
residual glue looks like varnish. It's light brown, transluscent, and
What glue should I use to put it back on? It needs to be something
that can be broken to get the caps off if the handle ever needs to be
What glue did they use origianlly?
Can I use silicon sealer or something like that?
I just called the plumber. He said that there should be a little metal
ring that holds them in place. They just snap in and out. No glue. I
checked the other faucets in the house. as far as I can tell, they are
all glued in. On closer inspection, some of them were kinda sloppily
done. Glue oozing out the side.
Yep, anything adhesive is a previous homeowner fix. If try a silicone,
don't use much or you'll have a heck of a time if need to remove it.
You might take one to the hardware store and see if by chance you can
find a generic replacement in the specialty fittings section of the
plumbing section. I've seen various types, but all that I've actually
had had a spring "fingers" on the back side. These are pretty prone to
eventually breaking so there is a sizable supply of replacements for
them. For your style, don't know but would think it worth a look.
And, of course, if there is a "real" plumbing supply place handy that
does sell over the counter as well as wholesale, your chances may go up
I'm surprised that your caps have been glued in. In my experience they
are just a pressure fit so that they can be removed to replace the
faucet washers, stems, cartridges, etc.
Any type of adhesive is going to leave a mess and make them harder to
Are these antique faucet handles?
Try Liquid Nails.
I am stuck with a bath tub top edge mount American Standard (large spa
type tub unit) with through the tub mounted faucets that have this
Under the cap (glue fastened) is the screw for removing the handle body
and faucet core assembly. I have to pry the cap off each time to get to
the screw. Not a good design. Tub is 14 years old installed when house
was new construction.
I use Liquid Nails to re glue it. The glue holds, and flexible enough
to get loose when require. My circumstance has no water in the area of
concern (unless there is a leak).
Depends on whether there is a screw that needs access later. If so, I
would use something very mild, like a tiny drop of waterproof elmers.
If I didn't want to removed it later, I would use something like
gorilla glue. Gorilla glue is some tough stuff, I've found out
Now this is just guessing, you might get way with just snapping it
back in place with a little nail polish too. :D
tom @ www.MeetANewFriend.com
replying to LurfysMa, Brad wrote:
If your cap is not the "snap-in" kind, a little plumbers putty (available for
$1-3 at your local Home Depot or Lowes) should work just fine to hold the cap
there. There are several types of index caps. Anyone who suggests liquid nails
or silicone or any serious "adhesive" glue is ignorant of the fact that someday
someone will have to remove those caps and those adhesives will require damaging
the faucet to completely remove those indexing caps. If you have no need to ever
remove the cap (like if there is no screw head under it) then you may use
silicone or adhesive caulk if you like. If you have the one with the snap-in
ring - you shouldn't use any glue or adhesive there at all - unless the ring
that snaps in is broken - then see above. If your faucet starts leaking you will
need to get under the index cap to possibly replace a washer or cartridge at
some point in the future!
replying to Brad, Michael wrote:
Well, shows what you know. I have American Standard with white porcelain caps.
Using a light, flexible glue does not work. The operator turns the handle and
often touches the cap as they turn. A light glue will not hold. Even a hard
glue, epoxy, will often not work because the interior is plastic. I have tried
for years, literally, to find something that will keep my wife from twisting the
cap off as she turns on the water.
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