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Old 07-20-2020, 02:33 PM   #1
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Frustrating Faucet

My new X-213 came with what looked like a very nice faucet. It's a single-hole faucet. This is an illustration, but not the precise faucet:
https://smile.amazon.com/WEWE-Brushe...s%2C215&sr=8-6

I can't keep the thing tight. When we rotate the spigot left and right, it ends up turning the faucet base, and soon the thing is very loose...to the point it seems ready to come out of the sink.

I've tightened it (by hand) several times. I'm a pretty strong guy, and the "nut" is quite large (about the size of a soda can), but before EACH trip is over, it's loose again.

I have a rubber-strap pipe wrench: https://smile.amazon.com/Adjustable-...5276682&sr=8-2, and I have some serious "waterpump" pliers https://smile.amazon.com/Channellock...kle_mcd_asin_0, and I think I can get one or the other up in there to tighten, but I'm concerned that I'll break the "nut". How tight can I make this?

I have a similar faucet at home, but it has a brass base and brass nut that I could tighten with tools. This RV faucet is made from plastic.

Before I go Incredible Hulk on this thing, is there a trick to making the faucet tight enough to resist the friction of the spigot moving left and right from sink to sink? ...without breaking it? Or should I just suck it up and buy a better faucet?

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The dealer replaced my faucet which had a similar issue under warranty.
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Old 07-20-2020, 02:49 PM   #3
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Thanks.

A good thought. I live about 45 miles from the dealer, and we are booked every weekend camping.

Even at the IRS mileage ratek of .575 cents per mile, the round trip to the dealer would cost over $50, and in reality, at 7.8 MPG I'm getting while towing in the Rocky Mountains, it would cost closer to $75 plus my time and likely two trips.

With that in mind, the only time I've gone for warranty work was for a roof replacement on my old PUP.

I DIY because of this.
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How about a little red neck repair. What about adding a dab of construction type adhesive where the base of the sink and faucet base meet? Another thought, "Foul" the threads a little, Personally I might try adding a few wraps of Teflon tape just to give the plastic nut, some resistance??

Just a few crazy thoughts.
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I'm lucky my dealer typically fixed those issues while I waited. I can't complain at all about their speed and work by the time I left the dealership.

I learned on my trip to Colorado that at 10,000 feet crap gas is a problem. Life is interesting at elevation.
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All good suggestions.
Adhesive might be overkill considering the quality of the faucet and the likelihood that it might need replacement someday. But the ideas of buggering the threads a bit or adding some Teflon tape have some merit.

Got me thinking. I wonder if I could find a compatible "nut" and double nut it. The one on there is almost 3" long. Maybe I could cut it in half and make two nuts.

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I'm lucky my dealer typically fixed those issues while I waited. I can't complain at all about their speed and work by the time I left the dealership.

I learned on my trip to Colorado that at 10,000 feet crap gas is a problem. Life is interesting at elevation.
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How about a little red neck repair. What about adding a dab of construction type adhesive where the base of the sink and faucet base meet? Another thought, "Foul" the threads a little, Personally I might try adding a few wraps of Teflon tape just to give the plastic nut, some resistance??

Just a few crazy thoughts.
...redneck, eh?
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How about trying a bit of non permanent loctite?
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How about trying a bit of non permanent loctite?
That works on plastic? Good suggestion!
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That works on plastic? Good suggestion!
Yes but you need to use Loctite 425
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thanks!!
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Yes but you need to use Loctite 425
Just ordered some. Yowe is this stuff pricy!
Looking forward to not fighting with the faucet.

Thanks for the tip.
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How about a nice new residential faucet from HD or Lowe’s? Dumped both plastic faucets years ago for Price Phister.
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I would purchase and replace it now and move on.
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Tempted to do a new faucet.
Will fiddle a bit with this one...because I'm stubborn like that...and then probably give some money to Amazon.
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