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Need to replace the mixer tap in the galley. Is there any difference between those chrome-plated brass faucets in the hardware store and those in the chandlery? The hardware has a better range and a slightly better price.
 

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Need to replace the mixer tap in the galley. Is there any difference between those chrome-plated brass faucets in the hardware store and those in the chandlery? The hardware has a better range and a slightly better price.
I bought my last one at a plumbing distributor, it was for a bar sink. No issues. 1/3 of the price. The chrome does seem to discolor easier.
 

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When we bought our boat one of the many must do items on my wife's list was to replace the pitted stainless sink and the separate hot and cold faucets. After finding that a marine stainless sink replacement would cost more than my dinghy, I went to Home Depot and bought a white acrylic sink and a white acrylic faucet to go with it. That was seven years ago. The sink has no stains, no pitting and is really easy to clean. The faucet is working fine. The new sink dropped into the hole left by removing the old stainless sink with only minor enlargment (used a wood rasp). The acrylic sink cost me 69.99 (on sale) the faucet was 89.95 (also on sale). Choice seems a no-brainer.
Replacing the saltwater manual head with a fresh water vacuflush -- that was another story
 

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Actually just had this discussion with a boat broker (who happens to work out of a chandlery so she should have an interest in using marine products) and she said that they had just finished outfitting her personal boat, and was upset that there multi hundred dollar marine faucet was twice the price of the one at home, and has started pitting after a year of use. She said she would use a "Home Depot special" next time.

Seems that it is hard to find a good basic faucet anymore. They have moved the production off to China for most of the major brands and I don't think there is very good quality control on the metal content. (sounds like the Ronca issue) For me it is OK if they send off the $50 faucet to be made out of mystery pot metal, but now even the expensive ones are. I put in a mid line American Standard at my old house and the chrome was pitted by our admittedly hard well water in just a couple of years. Oh and they said finish was not covered under the lifetime warranty. They were good about replacing the porcelain handles that cracked.

So the bottom line is I would not spend a lot of money one one as it is not likely to last long marine or home unit.
 

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Need to replace the mixer tap in the galley. Is there any difference between those chrome-plated brass faucets in the hardware store and those in the chandlery? The hardware has a better range and a slightly better price.
We have replaced all of our plumbing fixtures with the modern types found in any Home Depot, and they have all performed and lasted as well as any.

We replaced the sinks, the seperate hot & cold faucets with single ones, those cheap plastic hand shower heads with nice stainless steel ones, all from Home Depot.

You know you want to, just do it! :)
 

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Need to replace the mixer tap in the galley. Is there any difference between those chrome-plated brass faucets in the hardware store and those in the chandlery? The hardware has a better range and a slightly better price.
Couple years ago we did a remodel of our house and bought new faucets for the kitchen and a bath. About that time, I also replaced one of the more used/worn pull-out faucets on our '88 model boat. I had to pay around $200. for a new Grohe marine galley faucet that appears equal to the original Grohe model I was replacing. While there are lots of cheapie ones for under $100, they are mostly poor alloy metal with thin chrome. I have seen these on other boats and would rather buy one that's good for another 30 years.
Interestingly, the new quality ones for the home were in the same price range or more. (!)

I did not pay full list for any of these parts, but could not find a particularly steep discount either.

An aside: Someone mentioned their sink. We removed our original one and had it buffed and polished to a mirror finish at a local metal polishing shop. Cheaper by far than replacing it, and besides there is little on the market at any price that would fit the boat as well. It looks great now - probably last the life of the boat.

FWIW, our boat was built by a higher-end builder and they did indeed install good quality parts everywhere... but time, use, and sea air do take their toll.

Hardware in our land houses has a much easier existance in comparison. (So it really irks me when some shiny new $40. household bathroom tap has it's chrome finish blister within a year! Sheesh.)
 

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Just a wee bit of thread drift here but MOEN is the only brand I use for myself or any of my rentals as they are warrantied forever. I have had 20 year old units start to drip and MOEN will send you a new cartridge and even pay the postage.
 

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I second the Moen brand....have had the least issues with these at home.

Thanks for the IDE to have the SS sinks repolished. Do they have to be removed or can it be done in place?
 

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New faucet and refurbished sink

I second the Moen brand....have had the least issues with these at home.

Thanks for the IDE to have the SS sinks repolished. Do they have to be removed or can it be done in place?
We removed the sink. This involved removing the securing nuts from underneath, some of which were difficult to get at. The original sealant was still holding on well, so I had to put a 90 degree bend in the last inch of a new flex. putty knife to push it around the edge (close to a teak fiddle...) Some heat on the rim helps a lot.

First remove the drain hose after turning off the thruhull valve.

With sink out, the drain parts had to be removed completely and set aside.
Took the sink over to the polishers and agreed on a budget (i.e. number of billed-hours limit). Got it back shortly. Awesome.

Aside: in the "while we're here" dept, I replaced the old plastic laminate counter top while it was (relatively...) easy to do. Varnished that fiddle too.
 

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