Hi Ho Folks.
We had two HOT sunny days in a row - on a long weekend! So I finished wash/stomping the foams and the big ones I washed yesterday are essentially dry this evening. A couple of more days indoors and we'll put the covers back on. My wife spent part of the day scrubbing the interior parts that I'd not gotten to when we had a sunny day two weeks ago. I spent the day attempting to replace two outside covered access ports - one for the AC power cord and the other for the city water inlet. That's where my troubles started.
The previous owner had described and shown me these two troublesome ports and said he had ordered the parts and would send them to me. (He actually had them shipped to me from the supplier - a nice fellow.) Getting the old ones out proved interesting, but doable. The electrical
port will need to be pop-riveted back in because I could not easily arrange access to the inside to stick nuts on the SS screws I picked up to replace the original rivets. OK, I can do that - I hope...
The core issue and main topic of this post is the city water inlet. The price tag on this plastic item, in white rather than the original "cream?" colour, was $25 plus change. Before I actually installed it, I thought I should check the back side for leaks
once I'd attached the new 90 degree barb fitting and (new) plastic hose to the faucet. OK, I attached the (new) pressure regulator to the outside of the inlet and to my basement sink and turned the water on. The barb adapter did not leak (Teflon tape and hope), but the outside part where the pressure regulator was attached spewed water all over. I checked it was seated properly (and the gasket was in place) - it was.
Upon disassembly, I discovered that the whole threaded neck was entirely separated from the plastic housing. Inspection showed that this whole assembly (threaded bit and backflow preventer, etc) was connected by a miniscule (about a millimeter or so) ring of plastic material. No wonder the thing failed. Any torque on it at all would shear it - and did. I was not heavy handed with it at all, no tools of any kind and my old sore hands don't have enough torque left in them to open a twist-off beverage bottle.
I was appalled that such an item could be engineered so poorly. (certain words were said)
Has anybody else experienced this "twist off" of the city water inlet connector or did I just get a defective unit?
I spent a while this evening looking to see if such a covered inlet is available with a brass connection system, but I've not found anything. Does such a beast exist?
I can't believe that this new item, which seems exactly the same as the one I just removed from my 1976 Trillium
, could be this flimsy and poorly designed and still in production after all these years (new manufs. name, but same design) - or that RV type folks would stand for it.
Dave (frustrated, but really happy to see the sun!)