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chrisp 01-21-2014 07:56 AM

Waterproof NON-flexible adhesive
Looking for something to do a quick repair on my bathroom tap. Its a new tap only 6 months old so strictly speaking I should go back to the manufacturer but we are selling the house now (we should exchange this week) so I don't have time. However I do feel duty-bound to do some kind of fix before we go.

Its one of those modern cylindrical-style basin mixer taps - its NOT from Wickes but this link to their site shows something almost identical:

The problem is that the handle/lever at the top screws into a threaded hole in the top of the tap, and for some reason this thread has worn away and the lever no longer stays in the hole. As I say this certainly indicates to me that the unit is faulty but I don't have time to arrange replacement. (It still works but its not easy to turn on and off or change temp, particularly with wet/soapy hands!)

However I am really struggling to find a solid, non-flexible, waterproof adhesive to re-attach the lever to the tap head:

Tried super-glue and was not surprised to find it didn't work -it actually says don't use in damp areas!

Also tried Bostik Evo-Stik Liquid metal - this is waterproof but provides a flexible bond which is no good - I need a hard bond with zero movement in the joint otherwise the handle is useless.

ANY advice on this much appreciated - I don't want to leave our housebuyers in the lurch on this one, but I also don't want to raise it as an issue with exchange & completion so nearly upon us - for reasons to long & complicated to explain now any delay whatsoever would be catastrophic for us

bud16415 01-21-2014 08:23 AM

We have a bunch of products called "JB Weld". I just used them to fix the radiator on my truck.

nealtw 01-21-2014 04:56 PM

Order the parts from the manufacture should be free, leave an apology note and a check to cover an hour of a plumbers time.

chrisp 01-22-2014 10:02 AM

Thanks very much for the responses. I'm going to try some Epoxy Resin as suggested, ordering new parts is a no-no as we'll probably be gone by the first week in Feb, exchanging this week. Cost is not the issue I just don't see the manufacturer doing a quick enough turnaround.

nealtw 01-22-2014 02:01 PM

So just leave it and stick the new people with the bill.:mad:

dthornton 01-31-2014 07:17 PM

Chrisp, I hope that you are still on the forum and read this. I agree with nealtw ... you should get the parts and get a plumber to fix it. You don't just leave something like that for other people! How would YOU feel if the situation were reversed? Glue is NOT a proper plumbing fix. Even if it DOES work, at the least, this is unethical. It is (most places) ILLEGAL. By posting on this forum, you have shown that you are aware of a "pre-existing" problem. If you did not disclose this on the seller's inspection form, then you may be legally liable, and could be sued. Even if months pass before the new owner discovers that you used glue to "jury rig" this faucet repair, they could still sue you for "damages", which could end up costing you several times what it would've cost you to pay for this repair out of pocket. The best thing you could do at this point is to contact the new owner, "fess-up", and contact a plumber and arrange to pay for the repair. If you don't, then "you reap what you sow" - it will catch up to you at some point.

Sorry for the rant, guys ... it's just that it really irritates me when people do something like this ... then they want to wonder why people treat "them" so badly! :(

oldognewtrick 01-31-2014 07:42 PM

I agree D, karma is a b.... Sometimes.

BridgeMan 02-03-2014 08:13 PM

Do the J-B Weld fix (or a UK equivalent), and provide a brief written explanation of what you did and why. Along with a cheque for 100 pounds sterling, in case the repair goes bad and the new owner needs to shop for a plumber.

Being honest and fair up-front is the best way to deal with the situation.

bud16415 02-04-2014 08:50 AM

I’m sure Chrisp has moved on and has left behind this atrocity by now. I was first to answer him and answered his question directly with the suggestion of JB Weld or the across the pond equivalency and decided not to pass any moral judgment on the crime as he didn’t ask if it was wrong to fix it just how to fix it.

Where does one draw the line when making a repair as opposed to totally replacing something?

oldognewtrick 02-04-2014 04:51 PM


Originally Posted by bud16415 (Post 99688)
Where does one draw the line when making a repair as opposed to totally replacing something?

Bud, I think you bring up an excellent point, at what point is it better to replace than repair.

But I think what you're saying is "When does painting over the ceiling stain and selling the house become a moral issue if you don't have complete disclosure with the new owner."

Correct me if I'm wrong.

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