Cracks in Kohler Fixtures
Posted by Dave R. on March 06, 2004 at 16:58:19:
Has anyone had bad luck with Kohler fixtures? I recently purchased 9 Kohler fixtures. All of the fixtures indicate cracks in what I would call the gray areas (or the unfinished surfaces)on the underside of the fixtures.

I went ahead and hung the lavs because I don't think the cracks would present a leak where they are located, but they are close to the lower mounting hole locations and that worrys me.

I hung a urinal and flush tested, no leaks. An hour later I found a puddle beneath the urinal. Water was filling up a fist sized cavity that is adjacent to the bowl. Upon closer inspection, there is a crack in the corner of this cavity letting water from the bowl seep out. I inspected another urinal and found cracks in the same location.

These cracks appear to have occured when the fixture was manufactured. Infact, some of them are covered with some kind of coating applied by the manufacturer. I am not a plumber by trade, but I am wondering if this is normal. In my business, (structural steel fabrication)cracks are not normal and they usually don't result from bad luck, but rather from carelessness in manufacturing.

Since I am not a plumber and don't purchase regularly from this plumbing supply house, I would like to have some input from the professionals before I return the fixtures.

Can anyone advise?

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