Sink water line replacement?

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  1. Dan from Troup

    Dan from Troup Well-Known Member

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    If you have enough slack you might be able to just cut and replace the connector. You can get a new line at your local hardware or big box store and use Shark Bite connectors. (You can get plastic Shark Bite instead of brass.) As the current line has lasted 14 years, I wouldn't spend a lot of time or money looking for bigger faster better more.
    Good luck!
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    When I replaced the sink faucet I also purchased the stainless steel braided supply lines. I installed the faucet, but haven't had a chance to replace the pex lines with what I purchased. We have a flip over galley and the pex lines to me take a little abuse whenever I flip up or down the galley. I figure the braided lines are a bit more flexible.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    I also would use SS braided lines.
    Just to add sealant is only used on tapered pipe threads not on sealing surfaces.
     
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    Dan from Troup Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys, I was thinking same thing; SS braided supply lines. Think I’ll do both even though only one leaks.
     
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    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    What is the connection on the none sink end of the supply line? Can you get an off the shelf faucet supply line?

    If not, I would look into the brass furrell insert into each end of the plastic supply line. There was an issue with plastic faucet supply lines leaking back in the early 90's. HUD flaged it. I think one of the issues was the supply line fitting would compress over time and leak One solution was the brass insert. But that became the end of the plastic supply lines. Now you buy a supply line with copper or brass in the ends and a ruber washer.
     
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    Dan from Troup Well-Known Member

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    The other end appears to be flared poly also, just like the sink end. The poly concerns me with the movement of the galley which is what I’m going to go with SS braided. Just called my plumber and he’s going to do the upgrade.
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    ^ Nice!!!
     
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    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    great sounds like you got it. My only concern is the stiffness of the braided lines with a swing sink. Without seeing the swing sink movement have no idea if its a concern. You/plumber will have to figure out if there will be too much strain on the fittings you connect to. The strain may be why the manufacture installed that lightweight tubing.
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    The braided SS lines are more flexible then the pex lines. Also, I have a short section of rubber hose to go around the SS line where it would rub against the wood of the flip over galley. Just some extra protection.

    That lightweight tubing is much cheaper ($$) then the SS lines.
     
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    Dan from Troup Well-Known Member

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    I think as long as the braided supply line in not binding up from being a little short it may be more flexible than stiff 3/8 poly. And further, a good recommendation to wrap it with a rubber boot where it may rub where it passes through the galley.
     
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    Steel braided supply lines are superior. Manufacturers don’t use them because they are expensive.

    Current poly supply lines are typically PEX which is a very good as well.
    The early 90’s poly supply lines were PB. That was a terrible product that became brittle and broke with age.

    *If using poly supply lines always use a poly ferrule. The brass ferrule is for metal supply lines.
     
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    My plumber is re-plumbing with 60” SS braided supply lines.
     
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