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Old 05-14-2013, 08:14 PM   #1
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Kitchen faucet aerator

The aerator on my kitchen faucet doesn't aerate and basically causes the water to splash out of the sink whenever it hits something. I took it off and compared it to the one in my house faucet and it looks like it should work just fine but it doesn't. It isn't plugged up with sediment or anything. I haven't gone down to the RV store to pick up another one yet and was wondering if everybody elses works like mine or does it make a nice gentle bubbly stream.
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:06 AM   #2
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You might try a new aerator first before tearing your faucet out looking for foreign objects.
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Last night I picked up a new aerator at the BORG and tried it out...no workie. I proceeded to take the faucet cartridges out and see if there was any foreign matter in them or in the faucet body casting. Everything is all clear. I checked the gooseneck and it also was unobstructed. Tonight I'm going to try the local RV repair shop and see if they have one for my faucet. I'll keep you updated.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:51 AM   #4
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The aerator on my kitchen faucet doesn't aerate and basically causes the water to splash out of the sink whenever it hits something. I took it off and compared it to the one in my house faucet and it looks like it should work just fine but it doesn't. It isn't plugged up with sediment or anything. I haven't gone down to the RV store to pick up another one yet and was wondering if everybody elses works like mine or does it make a nice gentle bubbly stream.
Mine works like yours...not sure if they are technically an aerator or a strainer (and if that makes any difference in the design)....
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In my experience an aerator does just that, it entrains air into the stream of water. A strainer only stops particulate.

Today I picked up a small circular screen in the faucet aerator department at the hardware store, next I removed the restrictor plate from the top of the aerator and replaced it with the screen and washer. It helps a bit but I still do not have a bubbly stream like the bathroom faucet provides. I am going to punch out a few circles out of some different sizes of mesh and see what kind of results I get with some finer screen.
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I'd be interested in your findings. The DW has been complaining about ours as well.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:35 PM   #7
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Ok, here are my test results. I punched out several discs of different mesh screen and some perforated metal. I have 20, 40, 50 and 60 mesh and the perforated has probably 1/32" diameter holes in it. I removed the plastic restrictor plate on top of the aerator and installed one piece of each of the different mesh screens in sequence. My results?? None of them had any effect whatsoever on the bubbliness of the water stream. Perhaps if I make a new countertop this winter I'll test the faucet with house water pressure and see how it performs.
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Water pressure has a direct effect on aeration as you begin to close off a spigot... so I ask the question...

City Water = @ 80# +
Well Water = 40-60#
Most RV Water Regulators = 40-50#
RV Water Pump = ????
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Water pressure has a direct effect on aeration as you begin to close off a spigot... so I ask the question...

City Water = @ 80# +
Well Water = 40-60#
Most RV Water Regulators = 40-50#
RV Water Pump = ????
Good info but it doesn't explain why the bathroom faucet pukes out wonderful bubbly water and the kitchen faucet doesn't. There are no valves or restrictions in the main lines that serve both faucets.
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Good info but it doesn't explain why the bathroom faucet pukes out wonderful bubbly water and the kitchen faucet doesn't. There are no valves or restrictions in the main lines that serve both faucets.
Have you tried swapping the aerators?
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