The trailer which had the leak. The tubing that feeds the kitchen sink is
grey. The two shutffs under the sink look like quarter turn valves (I didn't
touch them) or possibly globe valves. More likely globe valves.
The grey tubing attaches to the faucet with crimp connectors, somewhat
similar to what I'd expect to see on an automotive small hose line. It's not
flare, and it's not compression. And it's double definitely not white PVC.
How would I know if it's that polybutylene that's supposed to be replaced?
She says she checked, and it's past the date of the warranty recall.
Is this one of those "rip it out and start over, and it's going to cost a
The leak was the fitting on the bottom of the kitchen sink faucet. A couple
minutes with a Channelock did the job, though I was really wishing for the
basin wrench I had at home.
Don't know about polybutylene or why it might be bad but if it is part of a
product recall you can find info at www.cpsc.gov also see
www.polybutylene.org Apparently it is not a health or safety concern but
the material is known to spontaniously fail causing damaging leaks.
Sounds like PB.
They non-toxic, and flow is better than pvc, but ....
I hate this stuff. Previous owner of my old house did not disclosed
You replace one, month later another fails and start spraying,
in the end when we were relacing them all, we had 16 crimp
quest adapters. ( 3 - I placed , 13 previous owner).
I used copper, but would recommend pex as replacement...
Grey = PB, if in doubt word polybutylene is imprinted on those.
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