Drinking water safe adhesive available in the UK
March 25, 2014 10:44 AM Subscribe
I need to glue a better aerator on to the old aerator in my kitchen tap. I want a glue that's safe for potable water, gluing metal to plastic, but all my searches bring up US results that I can't find in the UK. Can anyone recommend one, preferably from experience?
posted by danteGideon to Shopping (10 answers total)
So we have an old tap in the kitchen, with an old aerator that basically does nothing. The previous owners installed wooden worktops but didn't bother changing the tap to a less splash-prone one.
To fix it, I have this thing called a Tap Adapta
which you would usually screw into the threads of the old aerator. However, because it's such an old tap, there's a rubber pipe connected to the old aerator to make sure the hot water can't mix with the cold. We're in the UK where hot water used to come from a tank in the loft, and you weren't allowed to mix it with drinking water in case it contaminated it. These days all the water comes from the mains and is heated by a combi-boiler. But we're stuck with the old tap and its rubber pipe. I don't quite dare just snip it and pull off the old aerator. Maybe I should?
Anyway, the solution I've settled on is to just glue the adapter on top. I've attached it with self-amalgamating tape for the minute, but this leaks under pressure. The only drinking-water safe adhesive I've found so far is JB water weld
, but it's not sticky at all (I guess it isn't really designed for this). Eventually we'll change the tap but I'd like to glue it in the meantime. Google is failing me here. Any (UK available) suggestions? I don't really want to order US stuff via eBay.