Leaking bath faucet

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  1. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    This one's got me stumped.

    This is the last of the Moen bath faucets in the house that I have occupied for over 11 years. I've had to replace all of them except this one. It's in a basement 1/2 bath and drains to a grinder pump that only serves that bathroom, pumping up to the public sewer.

    The pump float was hanging up so I shook the vent pipe to cycle it, then ran cold water from the faucet for 2 hours to clean out the sump, checking on it about every 15 minutes. I could also hear the pump cycling as normal during this time. On my last check there was water on the floor so I shut off the faucet, cleaned up the water (the vanity floor was soaked). I found the leak coming from the hole in the vanity top, down the stop operator rod.

    The leak stops when I turn off the faucet, and runs 2 or 3 drops per second when I turn on the hot or cold water.

    Where could the leak possibly be coming from?
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2008
  2. hj

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    leak

    The most common place is that aerator is sending water back inside that sheet metal cover plate,and then it leaks through the center hole under the faucet.
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    Bingo- that was it! I cleaned out the aerator, checked the gasket (which was fine) and had to tighten it in with pump pliers to get the leak to stop, but it did. Thanks!
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    Good thing he's overseeing you HJ!:D
  5. Southern Man

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    Unlike certain people who think they know everything, yet obviously don't, I continue to learn every day. I've learned as much from guys with dirty fingernails as from academic types. :)
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    Ah Grasshopper just when we thought you were impossible to teach, you contradict yourself....
  7. Southern Man

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    The Southern Man is not afraid to learn. :)
  8. Redwood

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    A remarkable transition has occurred!:eek:
  9. Southern Man

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    The Southern Man has been remarkably consistent. :)
  10. Redwood

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    Until now!

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  11. Southern Man

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  12. hj

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    re the link

    And another thing to consider is that phone call routed through a satellite travels the same distance whether it is going next door or across the country, but you pay differently for the calls.
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    A friend of mine used to say that since you paid a much higher price per pound of propane to fill a 20# bottle than if you paid for a 300 gallon delivery, that it proved that the gas costs the propane company essentially nothing.
  14. redwoodvotesoften1

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    Wow Southern Man where did you git that picture...
    We all know you ain't got runnin water in your shack.
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