Water hook up - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-24-2013, 08:34 PM   #1
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Water hook up

I just bought a new water hook up for our Boler from a marine supply place, installed it this weekend, but the thing leaks like crazy from the back of the fitting on the outside that attaches to the hose. I'm attaching a picture here, can't think that it's intended to leak like this. The only thing I can think is that the hexagonal opening in the middle of the thing is intended to be tightened down with a socket? I don't have the right size socket to fit right now, was hoping someone could confirm that I'd be able to tighten it up that way? Appreciate your input.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:49 PM   #2
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Looks like it would take an allen key like a plumbing valve seat.
Do you have a make and model on the water hookup? Maybe there is something abut the leak online?
I've been looking to replace mine and it seems that Marshalls went out of business.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:19 PM   #3
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Try a fresh new hose washer first.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:45 PM   #4
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Not sure if the new washer suggestion was for me or the other poster, but since it's brand new I would expect the washer should be fine?

Had a look at the package it came in, and now I'm really confused. I hadn't noticed, but there's some fine print on the package that gives a warning: "this product contains chemicals, including lead, known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling".

Is this just some kind of over the top California regulation thing? It's a chrome plated brass fresh water inlet, can I not assume it's safe for potable water? The brand is Sea-Dog line, by the way.
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It does sound like typical California legalese. Talk to the company that sold it to you and ask specifically if it's absolutely safe for drinking water.
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Don,
The washer suggestion was for you. I - agree but would check the existing one first making sure nothing was underneath it. I agree with Otters (Linda) - California Legalese, manufactures web site says: Designed to provide a fresh water hookup to a pressurized water system while moored. Last suggestion would be a pressure regulator on the other end of the hose.

For every one else, Sea-Dog makes both an inlet and similar outlet in both chrome plated brass and cast 316 stainless steel for a few dollars more. Part #'s follow for reference.

Inlets: Chrome 512110 , SS 513110
Outlets: Chrome 512120, SS 513120
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Good point, doesn't hurt to check the washer, I'll give it a look.
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Check to see that there is nothing interfering behind the washer while it's out. Something between the metal surfaces could be affecting a seal.
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Regarding the warning label on the package, came across this:
MWRA - About Lead and Faucets

Learn something new every day.
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Interesting find Don.
I quote: "Do faucets contain lead?
Most faucets purchased prior to 1997 were constructed of brass or chrome-plated brass, which contain up to 8 percent lead (the main metals in brass are copper and zinc). "
Makes me think the Stainless Steel might be a better option.

In reality, we've all been drinking from brass plumping fittings for years, so how serious can it be? Believe or not some cities, like mine actually have lead pipes from the Water Main. I know, I've seen mine when my neighbors valve burst flooding my basement. Those old pipes are all scheduled to be replaced sooner or later. My guess is they will wait until the road has been totally resurfaced before they start digging.
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