Set screws in faucet handles

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by merilyn, Jan 9, 2005.

  1. merilyn

    merilyn New Member

    Jan 9, 2005
    I have 4 faucets in my condo, each one of which has a set screw or a handle screw that loosens up almost immediately when I tighten it. Is there a way to tighten these screws so that they can be removed when necessary but that will keep them tight the rest of the time?

    Thanks very much for any advice you can give!

  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    You can get a little tube of this at home centers - Locktite. Now, be careful, read the label, there are several types. Pick the wrong one, and it will be a bear to take out, but the blue stuff works pretty well for this. Double check, cause I haven't bought any for awhile, and they may have changed the color scheme! It is a liquid you put a drop on the threads, tighten it up and then let it sit until it sets. It becomes a plastic that holds the threads so it doesn't move. The red stuff locks it down, and you might strip the head when trying to remove it. So, again, read the label to make sure you get the version that CAN be taken apart, if you want to.
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  4. merilyn

    merilyn New Member

    Jan 9, 2005
    Thanks, this is exactly the kind of information I was looking for! I will try my hardware store tomorrow!

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