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Thread: "slip fit" spigot with an interupt is leaking past the o-ring and into the wall

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    Unhappy "slip fit" spigot with an interupt is leaking past the o-ring and into the wall

    Hi all,

    I'm having problems with a "slip fit" spigot with an interupt. The original started to leak past the o-ring when the shower was on and I figured it had dried out and/or cracked. I bought an exact replacement (Moen) and that seemed to do the trick. Unfortunately, after about 6 mos. the new one has started to leak as well. It doesn't happen every time. Only once and a while, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. The water is seeping past the o-ring and following the pipe into the wall. (And down to the kitchen below )

    Is there some way to increase the effectiveness of that o-ring? Should I caulk the ba-jezus out of where the pipe enters the wall? What's the "right" way to fix it?

    Thanks,
    -Bill

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    Anyone?!?!?

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    If the pipe is not perfectly round or has some nicks in it, it will leak. Overtightening the setscrew could do it, using the thing as a handle could bend the pipe as well. You might consider soldering on a male adapter, and buying a screw-on spout.
    Jim DeBruycker
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    Cool, thanks for the info! The pipe does not appear bent to the naked eye. I'll throw calipers on it this weekend to make sure it isn't ovalized.

    I don't think it's scratched or nicked either... Can I smooth it out with fine emery cloth or sand paper? If so, how fine would it need to be... or would that make things worse? Is there anything I can apply to the o-ring or pipe to help it seal?

    I was wondering about converting it to a screw on stye. I'm reasonably intelligent and mechanically minded. I feel that I would have no problems converting it. All the same,
    is there a how-to on the web you could direct me to if I choose that route?

    Thanks again guys,
    -Bill

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