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Drip, Drip, Drip . . .

Not much of a blog today, because I spent most of the day at Lowe’s and Home Depot.

When I got up about 7am and walk out of the bedroom, my feet went squish squish on the carpet. The area at the bottom of the bed was soaked. So after I fed a very demanding cat, I got my flashlight and went to look for the problem. And since this had happened before back in 2015, that’s where I started.

And it was the same fitting that was leaking last time.

Shower Leak 4

Last time I disconnected the fitting and wrapped it with Teflon tape and tightened it down. And the leak was gone. But 4 years later, it was back.

But when I tried to tighten it some more I could feel the connector was cracked inside, and it started leaking a little more. At this point I slipped on some pants and went outside to turn off the park water. Coming back in, I opened the bathroom faucet to bleed off the water pressure.

During one trip to Lowe’s and two to Home Depot, trying different ideas to make a new connection without using the PEX tubing/connectors that required a special tool and crimps.

Finally I found some flexible vinyl tubing of the right size, capable of 225psi @ 150° so it should handle the water pressure and temps of the shower. So then I used 2 of these PEX connectors,

PEX Elbow Connector

the tubing, and a couple of clamps to make up a new flexible connection, rather than the old rigid one.

Shower Leak Repair

Hooking it up, I turned on the RV water pump for a couple of minutes. And I did have a small leak on the upper connector, but after tightening it a couple of more turns took care of that.

I will leave the shore water off for a couple of days, using the rig water pump so it starts leaking in the middle of the night, I won’t have to get dressed to go outside and turn it off.


Thought for the Day: 

Rules of Marketing:  A very satisfied customer will tell 14 people, but a dissatisfied customer will tell 80.

gk

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2 Responses to Drip, Drip, Drip . . .

  1. Lloyd says:

    We lived in MH for 16 years.We had a Leak somewhere every year or two. I bought two water detectors and caught several leaks just as they started.

    • Len says:

      Lloyd: What kind of water detector have you been using? Sounds like a good idea. I have a water leak under my rig. The the long stretch of water pipe is covered with insulation, making it a big guessing game for determining exactly where the leak is without cutting a lot of holes in the insulation.

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