Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Little Puddle that Could

The hubby and I have been living in this house for about a year and a half now, and we're slowly discovering lots of ridiculous shortcuts the builder made -- most of which we're having to fix/replace in order to resell this house.

If you've ever installed a faucet, you'll know that there is a bolt that holds everything in place. Instead of screwing said bolt into place, the idiots that installed this thing decided to solder it in place instead. This is all well and good until the homeowner (us) has to replace the cheap faucet that came with the house. Cheap, as in, you're doing the dishes and pull out the end, and it's no longer attached to the hose.

So here's the picture from about one year ago. I was pregnant with the baby girl and half-dead on the couch from morning sickness. Meanwhile, the hubby and his brother are experimenting with plumbing on the other side of the wall. I walked in to see why on earth they were cursing, and hubby's brother is on his back under the sink while the hubby is pulling the faucet from the top. Unfortunately, we chose a rather cheap model to replace it with, so it's already leaking (very slowly) from the hose under the sink.

Rule number one of plumbing: Do not go cheap.

The hubby has become quite the plumber (and electrician -- more on that later) and was able to complete the whole process on his own in about an hour and a half. Crosby helped.

Step one: Turn off water. You'd be surprised how many times people forget to do this. No, I don't have anything else to say about that.

Step two: Unscrew crappy faucet and tell it how you really feel. Hope to God that some stupid builder didn't decide to solder it in place.

Step three: Detach from water supply and remove fixture.

Step four: Get annoyed with your wife who keeps taking pictures for her "stupid" blog. (This is very important and imperative to correct installation.)

Step five: Insert base and then new fixture. Attach bolt! No soldering needed! Push hose through faucet and attach sprayer.

Step six: Turn on water! New faucet yay!