brass fitting stuck installing faucet-help! : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread

I bought a used kitchen faucet, 'cause the old one broke. It has an approx. 1 1/4" diameter brass tube (for lack of plumbing vocabulary) that goes down through the sink deck, with a brass nut that screws onto it from below. These two parts stick and the nut won't screw on more than a little way. I've tried WD-40 and a wire brush but it made no difference. Do I need to buy new parts? What has happened? There's no visible damage to the threads. Thanks in advance,


-- Elizabeth in e TX (, June 12, 2001


Sounds like you have a cross thread situation. These large nuts are easy to get cross threaded, especially if you're installing it from underneath with the sink in place. It may not be to late if you haven't forced anything. One of the tricks is to slowly rotate the nut backwards to situate it square too the threads and then test going the correct direction, if it binds, try backwards again. Does the nut go on with the unit not installed? If you have forced it, it's likely that it is the nutthat is dammaged and is replaceable, if it is the threads on the shaft, a little clean-up with a triangular file will usually do the trick.

Good Luck...

-- Willy Allen (, June 12, 2001.

OOps! Sorry, I think it just got cross-threaded and now it's ok. I feel pretty stupid, but honestly it's hard to work upsidedown under a kitchen sink. Sorry again for crying wolf!


-- Elizabeth in e TX (, June 12, 2001.

That was the problem. Thanks so much Willy:O) This time it went on easily.

-- Elizabeth in e TX (, June 12, 2001.

Hi Lisbeth the old addage was get it streight and turn it to the Bob se.ks.

-- Bobco (, June 12, 2001.

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