How to fix leaking widespread faucet t-connector?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by Plan9, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. Plan9

    Plan9 New Member

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    I just installed a Kohler "Fairfax" widespread faucet for my bathroom sink, and I'm getting slow leaks. At least one source of the leak is the brass t-connector that joins the hot and cold hoses. I'm not surprised, as I only hand tightened it. I was not able to tighten it with a wrench, because if I turn it any further, one of the hoses attached to it would then hit the backside of the sink.

    Then I realized I have no idea how to solve this?:confused: Stumped again by the laws of physics! Anyone else had this problem, or have an idea of how to solve it?
  2. kreemoweet

    kreemoweet New Member

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    So let the hose "hit" the sink already. Those connections do not need to be made up extremely tight. If necessary, hold the metal ferrule behind the nut with pliers
    (gently!) while tightening to keep the hose from turning.
  3. Plan9

    Plan9 New Member

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    I guess I didn't make this clear enough. When I say its "hitting the sink", I mean I can not turn the brass t-connector any tighter, because one of the hoses connected to it is blocking it from turning, as the hose is blocked by the sink.

    I was hoping it does not have to be extremely tight, and hand tight would do, but its leaking from there. There isn,t a separate metal ferrule involved, it's a one-piece affair. You might be thinking of a different faucet. The t-connector looks quite like this (though this is actually a tv antenna connector!):

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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    There should be a gasket inside the connection, but it usually has to be made MORE than hand tight. Usually it can be tightened further so it does NOT hit the sink.
  5. Plan9

    Plan9 New Member

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    ok, so how would I go about tightening the t-connector further? like i say, the hose is hitting the sink.
  6. kreemoweet

    kreemoweet New Member

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    I thought you meant a hose connection was leaking.... If the T-to-spout joint is leaking, undo the hose connections, and tighten the T, then reconnect the hoses. You might want to make sure the seal in the T didn't go missing somehow. These things almost never line up in the nicest way, you usually
    have to make compromises.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2012
  7. Plan9

    Plan9 New Member

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    Well, I figured the only way to get the t-connector to align to where I can fit the hoses is to change the washer to something thicker or thinner. Then hope that when properly tightened, I will be able to get the connector at a workable angle. The original seal (rubber washer) was there, but not in great shape. The edges stuck to the connector when I tried to remove it. So I used a silicone washer (to which I cut a larger hole out), and now I am able to tighten the connector and have it align just enough to get the hose to clear the sink. But, now my faucet makes a whistling sound when the water is turned on. Guess I can't have it all! :rolleyes:
  8. kreemoweet

    kreemoweet New Member

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    If that T is using a rubber washer to seal, and it does not have a swivel nut (or equivalent) to tighten it to the spout shank, then that is just plain terrible design. It boggles my mind
    how much people are conned into spending on badly designed products made with shoddy materials. Humphh! I don't think anyone yet has figured out a way to Have It All.
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