Faucet shims


Old 01-24-17, 05:18 AM
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Faucet shims

I just found out that the faucet I had installed by a plumber a few years ago was shimmed to lock it into place. The hole cut for the faucet is close to the sink and it appears that the plumber could not turn the cowling (locking nut) on the bottom as there was not enough room for him to turn it so he stuck some shims in. Any thoughts on how I can fix this problem and/or how to reshim the faucet would be appreciated. Also is this a standard practice (shimming that is ) or just a rube goldberg approach?
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Old 01-24-17, 05:53 AM
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Never heard of anyone doing that before.
Why is it an issue now, leaking, faucet loose, changing faucet?
Old 01-24-17, 07:19 PM
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A picture would help but try this:

- Cut the metal mounting washer in a crescent shape, it will hug the sink edge.
- To fill/shim the gap between underside of counter and washer, use a slip-tube plastic nut.

The plastic nut is easy to cut into a 1/4 moon shape and is about the right thickness to fill the gap.
Use two pieces inserted from opposite sides.

This is better than shimming, the plastic nut acts as a spacer/bushing and will allow you to access and tighten the mounting nut. It also keeps everything straight and level.

And yes, this is a rube goldberg approach. The faucet hole was drilled too close to the edge of the undermount sink. Not much you can do but fix it.
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