We recently installed standing chrome faucet for clawfoot tub; however, chrome supply tubes drip at bottom of tubes where adapter with fine threads is threaded in tube, and top of tube at elbow drips. The company sent new tubes and they also leak at same locations. Short of sending back…I’m thinking an expereinced plumber could easily correct dripping. Any help in repairing leaks would be appreciated. The challenge is not to damage chrome in process to repair.
Did you use any teflon tape or paste at these connections?
It's not a Hudson Reed or some other type overseas faucet with non-NPT threading is it?
If that is the issue, even though they look close, british pipe threading is slightly different than NPT threading. You can request adaptors from the manufacturer. I've also secured BSPT x NPT adaptors through McMaster-Carr. The BSPT versus NPT things is usually just an issue where the valve joins the rough plumbing.
If that's not the issue and these fittings are not the "standard" compression fittings but more like garden hose compression fittings, you can sometimes find success by using a different compressable washer inside of the garden hose type of fitting.
See attachment sent to distributer.
What's the brand and model of the faucet?
Can you upload a photo of your installation showing the problem areas?
Leaky Standing Faucet
As I drill down...to problem solve standing faucet leak situation...it has become clear the unit has design and manufacturing flaws. All the teflon tape and dope in a five gallon bucket will not fix the leaks. I am working with the distributor to come up with a remedy..
Thank you to all who responded to my question. One last thing...any suggestion on where to purchase a tool to tighten chrome? I have a feeling I will need it.