Plumbing in the Home/Aerator problem


Aerator body with plastic insert
Aerator body with plas  

Aerator insert
Aerator insert  
Hello: I have a special aerator that hooks up to a portable dishwasher.I have been having problems with water jets spraying off to the side when running the faucet when washing,filling pots,etc.I took the thing apart,but cannot see what the problem could be.The little white plastic insert DID have some separation on its top edge.See pics attached.
I also managed to crush the aerator body with my locking pliers while taking it off.I will be replacing the whole thing tomorrow.Can you suggest what kind of wrench I should use to tighten the new unit without crushing it? Also,can you suggest something besides Teflon tape to seal the joint between the aerator body and faucet? A plumber I hired for another job hates Teflon,and uses some kind of paste,but I can't remember it's name.Thanks!

Dear Michael,

   Sorry for the delay in answering....  aerators do frequently go bad and need replacing.  To answer your two questions...  first, only use your hand to tighten the cap for the aerator... it is too soft to use a tool on.  Second, I would not recommend using anything other than teflon tape.  Pipe dope, which your plumber prefers is more appropriate for pipe fittings and joints not really for a faucet.

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I am experienced at troubleshooting and solving all types of plumbing problems. Issues related to specific manufacturers fixtures and specifications though are beyond my field of expertise. I have dealt with problems in both rural and urban areas, and with water supply and drainage systems. Plumbing issues can be very obscure... such as odors, stains or occasional seepage. I have even had to chase rats from a customer's sewer line.


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