I'm tired of replacing the crappy rubber tap washers ( Bibb - on
compression style taps) around the house.
Yes, I know the seat has to be clean or reseated for long term leak
I was wondering if anyone here has machined their own teflon, delrin
or whatever bibb washers?
I've had some commercial/institutional-grade fixtures apart, and they're not
designed with any similarity to common home-grade retail store fixtures.
I was surprised to see so much stainless steel used, the number of machined
parts, and that the valve stems didn't rotate. Instead, the stems were
raised and lowered, and gently touched on the seats. There were mechanical
stops to prevent the user from forcing the off position (something that's
often the cause of early seal failure on stem-type valves).
The seals appeared to be a very firm (thumbnail pressure tester)
polyurethane material set into a stainless cup.
I'm fairly certain that the fixtures were made by Eljer, and the styles were
similar to what might be found in hospitals.
These grades of fixtures would be essentailly maintence free in a home
application, unless someone would intentionally beat on them.