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Old 08-12-2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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Kitchen faucet coming loose

After a day of driving, I have to tighten the big screw which holds the kitchen faucet in place.

Anything I can do to prevent this from coming loose?

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Old 08-12-2013, 03:37 PM   #2
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My choice if it keeps coming loose would be a drop (single drop) of Loctite Blue 242 before tightening.

Blue is designed for things that will have to be disassembled in the future. Red is more difficult to remove, so don't use that.

However, you might want to look into why it is backing off in the first place. Sounds like a lot of vibration coming from somewhere.
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:41 PM   #3
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You could try putting a second nut on it to lock the first one in place. An easier option might be to back the nut off its full width, then treat the threads with "Loctite" or similar product, and then tighten it up again.

You really should get an idea about why your trailer is rattling around so much that it shakes the faucet loose, though. You might have a wheel out of balance, belt damage in a tire, worn out axles (your trailer is getting old), etc.. If you find that rivets are starting to work loose on the interior and other symptoms of violent vibration, then that will be confirmation.

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Old 08-12-2013, 03:44 PM   #4
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While you're at it, pad the end of the fitting, so it doesn't chafe your hoses. Or rather, pad the hoses so they don't chafe the fitting. Whichever works better.
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:47 PM   #5
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Loose Faucet

Ours came loose once. After re-caulking and tightening the nut its held for over a year now. A little threadtite on the thread may work. I am sure a jam nut would hold it.
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:02 PM   #6
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I also would say you need to have a look at your wheel and tire balance.

I know this subject gets beaten to death here, but things most really be shaking around in there to cause the same part to come loose over and over.

Are you finding any broken rivet heads in the interior skins?

There is another thread currently debating the usefulness of dynamic wheel balancers. I installed Centramatics and we don't see anymore tell-tale signs of vibration. No more rivet heads in the floor, cabinets pulled loose or the like.

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Old 08-12-2013, 09:08 PM   #7
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We are not finding broken rivets. We do drive many dirt roads here in Alaska so I assumed those little repeated bumps were to blame.

Where does one go to check tire and wheel balance?
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Find a screw that matches holes in the nut. Install one in each hole and tighten with a drop of blue Loctite

Next, run a wood screw into board near nut, leaving 1/2 inch exposed by head. Then wrap a safety wire around the screws on nut then tie off to wood screw.
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:12 PM   #9
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I put some glue and it hasn't gotten loose since. Thanks!
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