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Old 11-07-2010, 02:42 PM   #1
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Kitchen sink faucets

Just bought a '73 Argosy travel trailer. Am starting to get it back in shape for camping. One of the many things that needs attention is the dripping in the kitchen valves. It appears that the "o" ring washers are shot, and the connection from the actual fawcett is so worn that it is leaking from the rear of the fawcett. Took apart, installed new washers, still leaks.

Have decided to replace the entire fawcett system. However it appears just trying to get to the plumbing is going to be very hard as is behind the sink. I am guessing the next thing will be to take out the entire sink to get at the plumbing.

Any thoughts from you well experienced guys out there ?
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Old 11-07-2010, 03:09 PM   #2
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Faucet's sometimes require a special wrench. I just removed my sink with the faucet attached. It took about one minute with a socket in a battery drill.

Can you post any pictures?

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Old 11-07-2010, 04:12 PM   #3
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Argosy kitchen faucet

I just rebuilt my '74 Argosy faucet that was dripping and also leaking around the spout at the bottom. My faucet is mounted in the counter top and I did not want to replace because of the shape and spout length. Also it does not have a spray so there are only two holes in the counter top. You are right about the difficulty of changing out because there is no room. You would have to remove the shelves under there to be able to get a basin wrench in there besides your head and arms!

My faucet stems come out as a unit and the center stem that has the washer on the bottom comes out of the body. You need to unscrew the stem clear out of the body and replace both "O" rings. Then grease with faucet grease including the threads and re-assemble. Same with the spout, new "O" rings and grease. Mine worked like new!

I'm a plumber but I did not have either of the "O" rigs in my kit so off to Ace Hardware with the old ones to get an EXACT match. They also have the faucet grease which is handy to have on board.

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Faucet's sometimes require a special wrench. I just removed my sink with the faucet attached. It took about one minute with a socket in a battery drill.

Can you post any pictures?

Gary
Thanks Dave.
My faucet set is not a part of the sink. Appreciate your thought and advice however.
Would send pictures but can't get camera up under the sink to do so.
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Sorry, called you Dave. Thanks Gary
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I just rebuilt my '74 Argosy faucet that was dripping and also leaking around the spout at the bottom. My faucet is mounted in the counter top and I did not want to replace because of the shape and spout length. Also it does not have a spray so there are only two holes in the counter top. You are right about the difficulty of changing out because there is no room. You would have to remove the shelves under there to be able to get a basin wrench in there besides your head and arms!

My faucet stems come out as a unit and the center stem that has the washer on the bottom comes out of the body. You need to unscrew the stem clear out of the body and replace both "O" rings. Then grease with faucet grease including the threads and re-assemble. Same with the spout, new "O" rings and grease. Mine worked like new!

I'm a plumber but I did not have either of the "O" rigs in my kit so off to Ace Hardware with the old ones to get an EXACT match. They also have the faucet grease which is handy to have on board.

Dave in Montana
Thanks Dave, I will have another look at it with your suggestions in mind. One thing I do know, the actual "spout" does not have a washer of any kind at the base where it connects into the entire base, where the water is supplied, which I thought was really weird. Is it suposed to ? Also, how do you get the two small black and red "O" ring washers off the valve stems,and new ones back on so they actually fit tight ?
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Thanks Dave.
My faucet set is not a part of the sink. Appreciate your thought and advice however.
Would send pictures but can't get camera up under the sink to do so.
Mine's not a part of the sink either, but it's easy to remove with the sink laying on the shop bench:-)

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Old 11-09-2010, 08:04 AM   #8
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Thumbs up Leaking kitchen faucet

There is a "key" clip in a half circle shape that allows you to pull out and remove the spout from the base. One you remove the spout I notice no washer in there. I think once the water pressure is applied , a leak slowly backs up through the connection and seeps onto the counter top. Also, once I replace the spout and half circle clip, the clip does not fit as tight again. Can these be purchased at Ace also?

I will try your suggestions , possibly take whole unit to Ace to see if can get rebuild parts.

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Replacement of kitchen faucet 1975 24' Argosy

Okay - I took pictures of the process when we replaced our faucet. (And when I say "we", I mean Sean.) Unfortunately, Sean is the one who did all the work & is the only one who can explain exactly what he did. I'll try to get him on here tonight to clear things up.

It was a more involved process than we anticipated; we had to drill a couple of extra holes into the countertop to get the faucet mounted properly. Trying to work in the cramped space under the kitchen sink was difficult! We had to make an emergency trip to Ace Hardware too. But, Sean prevailed, and the new faucet works wonderfully. While we were at Ace, we bought a water saver aerator that replaced the original one on the faucet. This allows us to have a trickle of water when the faucet is on full and the lever on the aerator is flipped. That way you can wash your hands and use much less water - very important when boondocking with our small gray water tank! Flip the lever the other way, and you get regular water flow. It also switches from a regular flow to a shower type spray, nice for rinsing out the sink.

Anyway, here are the pictures. Hope they help!

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When I had the same problem with our '74 Argosy I decided to update the whole thing. New cabinet, new countertop, PEX tubing and new sink.
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Thanks Sharon
Your finished faucet looks great. I did finally after 3 tips to the Ace store, get the situation stopped and now it works fine, or at least for now.
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Man, that looks great. However do not feel I need to go to that much work and expense at least at this time. Maybe later though.

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When the faucet in our '83 Excella came a little loose from the counter top, I removed the sink for access. Made the job a piece of cake. I cleaned the surface of the counter top and the underside of the sink, ran a bead of sealant around the under edge of the sink and put it all back together.

It was no doubt time to re-seal the sink to the counter top anyway.
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Thanks Jim, did finally get mine fixed and did not have to remove the sink thank god.
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