Sunday, November 05, 2006

My Saturday as a Plumber's Assistant

After a morning spent casually (lazily?) doing research for my poster project, I went to the "new" house to meet Dad & Deb.

On Thursday night I had discovered a leak beneath the kitchen sink which had pooled onto the floor. My fiance eventually shut off the water main, since after searching high and low we discovered that there are no shut-off valves anywhere in the house (besides the one my father had installed on the toilet years ago).

This was disturbing me because how could we clean without water?

So we met at the house to discuss our options, and then Dad tackled the task of removing the old faucet. It was a messy, difficult job. If he was a swearing man, this would've been the time and place. He even resorted to sawing at things with a bread knife.

From there we went to Home Depot and put my credit card to good use: a kitchen faucet and a bathroom faucet.

Some seven hours later, the kitchen faucet and the new shut-off valves were successfully installed, but the bathroom faucet had to be put on hold. The old trap wouldn't line up, and by that point all of the hardware stores were long closed.

The faucets are pretty and shiny and new! Our next plumbing job will be the bathtub, which scares the pants off me.

2 comments:

Sara said...

So did you learn anything? Right after we moved here, Dave came over and installed a new overhead light fixture for us in the dining room. I was all excited, thinking it would be a great opportunity to learn about wiring and such. I watched him pretty close, but unfortunately not much stuck.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Hope it all goes well. The new faucets look great.