Sunday, June 2, 2013


Houghton Michigan (Low 40 Cooler with Clouds Breaking High 50)

The good news is that it only took 2 trips to the hardware store, the bad news is that RV repairs are always an adventure. For Bob at least most house or RV repairs are always an adventure :-)

The faucet in the kitchen sink started leaking while we were in South Range Wisconsin. This is the second faucet we have had develop the same leak in less than 4 years. Luckily the first one was replaced under warranty while at the dealer for other work. Not wanting to get another faucet like the defective ones we went with a residential one from Menards. We chose a Moen.

The adventure begins as with all RV activity, extremely cramped quarters. All the stuff had to be taken out that we were storing under the sink. Then the false walls and support for the trash can taken out so Bob could crawl under the sink and remove the old faucet. One thing Bob has learned is that it usually is a good idea to take the piece you are replacing to the store so you can make sure what you get will work. It was a good idea in the house and an even better idea in the RV. Certainly saved us a trip this time as the fittings on the RV were 1/2" and the fittings on the new faucet were 3/8".

The first trip to Menards was to make sure that they had a faucet that might work. The RV places were closed for the holiday anyway. We took some measurements and decided it was worth going forward. The adventure continues with the holes that were drilled in the Corian counter-top for the faucet. One hole was the standard 1 1/2" but the other one was 1". We knew this was going to be a problem so we were so glad we took the old faucet with us. Our old faucet had the on/off valve in the 1 1/2" hole and the water in the 1" hole. As you can see the new faucet has both water and on/off valve in one location requiring the 1 1/2" hole. Luckily this faucet had a soap dispenser which we used for the other hole.

Everything is back together now and we like having a high quality faucet that maybe we won't have to change out in a couple of years.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo


  1. I feel your pain just did our about a month ago.

  2. My daughter has a soap dispenser on her kitchen sink. I still grab the bottle and squirtthe soap into what I want to wash. At herhouse I haveto putte pot or whatever underthe soap D. Eiter seems to work.

  3. Good for you for being able to do it yourself. We are our own worst enemies when it comes to repairs! Just about everything goes to the shop.