Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This is why I love working on plumbing

The last rain here was a real gully washer. Much to my surprise the next morning as I toured the garden and checked the official bean can garden rain gauge, it was full. It had rained a good four inches over night. Being 40 feet above the river level and no where near any flash flood creeks, my garden and property were exempted from any damage. Not so for some other folks. Stories came out about sewers backing up into houses and basements collapsing due to ground water pressure. Low lying streets were under water for a time as the storm drains just couldn't handle the torrential rains of the night before.
The decision was to replace that old faucet in the 1/2 bath that has been causing grief. As you can see it hasn't been used for a while. It's time to put this sink back into use. The wrestling match between the old bathroom faucet and me ended with faucet - 1 Old Dave - 0. Of course it teased me with the deception that I was winning by making it just hard enough to test my demolition skills. After wrangling the rusty faucet lock nuts with 45 years of corrosion and finally using a sawsall to remove the old faucet, the false perception was that fight was going in my favor. Alas after the battle raged for two hours and a feeling accomplishment came over me, the final test with water pressure on showed the error of my thinking. Water pressure on and sink faucet off, all was good. Hot water on, all is still good. Cold water on, spray on the wall and water dripping on the floor. Cold water off. Spraying and dripping quit. Hmmmm, defective faucet. The thought crossed my mind that my idea about using a used faucet laying around to save a buck was a dumb idea turned out to be true.

Home improvement store here I come .... again. That's not all that bad because on the way home seeds from the local nursery will be purchased to plant the fall garden. The faucet display just happened to have a clearance sale on the exact faucet needed. Yahoo!! So once again it's time to drain down the water system, remove the some what used defective faucet and replace it with a nice new one. Hopefully this one will last another 45 years. Then it will definitely be some else's problem. Ok, so let's begin.

Yeah, it's a messy job but someone has to do it. I keep trying to get my soon to be seven year old Grandson to help but he's not having anything to do with bathroom repair. He keeps saying, "Grandpa, I'll have a job," which means he'll be hiring someone else to do that job.

At the end of day two it's the faucet repair 2 Old Dave 0. Ah, the joys of working on 45 year old plumbing. The new faucet was great and installed just fine but just a little drip started from the stopper in the sink. Well, OK, a dribble. So no problem a new stopper came with the new faucet. Yeah, however, removing the old stopper was not possible and well, I broke the sink trying all different methods trying to remove the rusted solid plumbing under the sink. As you can clearly see that 45 years ago all the plumbing was metal which corrodes and rusts together magnificently. Another issue is the pipe that goes into the wall. After decades of close contact the two became one. Now the rusted pipe has to be chiseled out of the galvanized pipe. Oh, boy, I'm looking forward to that.

As the sun sets on the Urban Ranch, the faucet is installed. Yeah I know the sink is still missing. Tomorrow is another wonderful day in the neighborhood and who knows maybe just maybe the 30 minute repair could be almost complete.

1 comment:

  1. I had to laugh at this post Dave! I just hate doing plumbing repairs! Yep, I do them! There's always problems!!! Saturday, there was a spoon in the garbage disposal when I turned it on. I turned it off and wouldn't you know clogged up! I got the pipe wrench out to remove the trap and the trap and another pipe broke!! OK, they were rusting so it was good that it happened. Of course, the one pipe had to be cut to size so it wasn't a quick fix! My hubby was a doll and cut it for me. I just hate plumbing repairs....they never go smoothly!