I bought a cheap mixer and regretted. I broke down on the 4-th year. Comment plumbing.

  • Dec 28, 2019

When replacing rotten hoses broken faucet. I had to be disassembled and to find out the reasons for failure. Initially blamed himself that greatly delayed the hoses, but it is not. In practice (work plumber) is the first chrome "friend" who has broken at a twisting hoses. "FRAP" firm mixer was acquired during the repairs in just bought an apartment in the mortgage. Bought for not much money. Arte. Worked for 4 years, from the set of hoses is not set. But also summed up the hoses replaced, braid rotted. To replace the hoses can be read on the channel. Links at the bottom.

our patient
our patient

Seat hose is a thin brass tube. The very failure looks so-

A place to fit the hose breaks.
A place to fit the hose breaks.

Disassemble the upper part of the mixer is not difficult. To disassemble the lower part had to use heavy artillery. Originally it had the feeling that the parts are pressed into each other.

Rough disassembling the mixer.
Rough disassembling the mixer.

Parse. But with a scratch and a broken view of our chrome "other." Tube and brass alloy itself has a bright yellow color.

Brass tubes rotted.
Brass tubes rotted.

One tube is visible thread. On the second, she oblomlena with a mild tightening hose.

Oblomlennaya thread.
Oblomlennaya thread.

On the brass tubes visible corrosion. With a little effort to them and the tube breaks.

Tube of "Gypsy Gold"
Tube of "Gypsy Gold"

As a result, we'll have found the cause of failure. Low alloy quality. Golden color tubes and the shell itself testifies to the high content of zinc in brass. Such an alloy is very brittle. Good brass with a high copper content will not be so bright shine and last a long time.

Note golden color inside the mixer body-poor alloy. Reddish hue speaks of quality brass.

As I changed the rotten hoses - link.

How to choose a quality mixer - link.

Life hacking plumbing - link.

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