Hi there friends! Today I have something a little different. Instead of a card or box I have my first foray into plumbing. Something that was suppose to be pretty easy but instead turned out to be CRAZY! I knew there was a reason to call people for these types of things.
So it was off to the Home Depot where I purchased a new brushed nickel faucet and toilet paper holder. Next I went home and made sure I had all the necessary tools that Google recommended. I cleaned out from under the sink and contemplated on how exactly I was going to wedge my body in there.
I began with the demolition of the old faucet. I carefully followed Google and You Tubes instructions for the dismantle. Everything was going swimmingly until I had unbolted every part and the faucet still would not lift out. Apparently you need to pull kind of hard. After discovering this tidbit the sink look liked this:
The next step is installing the new stuff. I got in the new drain and the new faucet fairly easily but as I was going to rehook the supply lines (where the water goes into the faucet) I noticed one line looked different from the other. One had a little black gasket on it. The other was plain silver. This I knew could not be good. I went looking for the other black gasket and found it wedged into the old faucet. I tried to dig it out but it just crumbled everywhere. So I naively thought I would just go buy a new gasket. Naive....very naive... and this is where the faucet installation takes a turn to the dark side.
At the Home Depot I ask the helpful man where I might find these little gaskets. I am informed there are no such things. You must replace the entire supply line. I have the old kind of lines (I had no idea) and you must remove everything- the line and the angle stop valve it is hooked to. This will involve shutting off the water to the entire house and getting down there with two wrenches, dismantling the old angle stop and putting in a new one. Clearly not easy. Mr. Helpful gave me the parts I needed and then recommended I do both lines. I told him no, the other isn't broken. Well let me say this- if the guy at Home Depot says you need two, save a trip and buy two. Lesson learned.
THE MORAL: Check your supply lines before attempting faucet replacements! And listen to the guy at Home Depot!
Thanks for stopping in! I have a really cool box of cards that made and I promise that will be the next thing up. No more crazy home repair for me!