I bought a Plumbcraft spray difuser at Walmart. It is plastic. I just spent 2 hours trying to screw the white plastic male part into the female (metal)faucet.
I think the threads are damaged (or not smooth) on the faucet side. I was able to screw the exact same piece from my old aerator back into the faucet. But I accidently screwed the female part OF THE SWIVEL PIECE ... on a little bit crooked and now I can't get it apart.
A. Are there some tricks I could try to make joining the plastic and metal male and female parts to ease the crummy threads ... like any of the following?
-spray with oil?
-clean with CLR?
-scrub with steel wool
-run hot water to expand faucet
What tools should I use to screw and unscrew the pieces? Right now I'm using needle noise plier and fingers. I especially can't get ahold of the two parts I now have crooked. I'm confused which is now right-tighty-lefty-loosey.
To avoid leaks - should I use vasoline or something to make sure the seal is good?
I never thought this would be so hard. I don't remember having so much trouble before.
Maybe I should go to the hardware store and buy a more expensive aerator.