Archive for October 3rd, 2012

Faucet Washers

The slop sink in the rental house developed a drip and, unlike our kitchen faucet, required only a new washer. Of course, choosing the right size from that assortment posed a bit of a problem:

Slop sink valve with washers

Slop sink valve with washers

The old washer is in the upper right; you can see the indentation from the valve seat.

There’s a variety of sizes & shapes; these represent just the closest matches. I have no idea what 3/8, 3/8R, and 3/8L might signify, but they’re all slightly different, some with conical cross-sections that may also be slightly different. Worst case, of course, you can sand down the rim of a too-large washer to make the diameter come out right.

[Update: a table of sizes mentioned in the comments.]

The washer just in front of the old one has information molded right into the back: GOLDEN STATE 10ยข 1/2. Now there’s a show of confidence in price stability that you don’t see much any more!

I found one that fit snugly in the recess of the valve stem, turned the screw tight, and it’s all good.

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