Do it yourself home update projects can be fun and satisfying…after all the work is complete.
Allow me to introduce the twins in updating any part of a home. Demolition (removing the old) and Installation (putting in the new). Demolition is usually fun since you get to break and smash things.
However that’s not what you want to happen when your working with plumbing – in this case I’m replacing the kitchen faucet. Like I mentioned in a separate post, plumbing is my least favorite of home projects.
Before removing the old faucet (and I can’t stress this enough) measure the distance between the source of the water to where it meets the faucet line. If you don’t (which guess who didn’t) you’ll find yourself going back and forth to the local home improvement store.
After my 2nd round trip from my house to the hardware store and back to my house, I finally have all the tools and supplies needed to replace the kitchen faucet. Hmm…maybe I should change my blog name to ‘Did I Do That?’ or maybe ‘Oops! That’s Not Right‘
I gave myself 4 hours to get the old faucet off and the new faucet on and in proper working order (which means no leaks). This estimate was based on my “semi-professional weekend warrior plumber” experience. Ha! What a hoot!
Every project estimate should include a buffer and should also include time for eating and coffee breaks, and time for removing the frustration that comes with plumbing repairs. The latter rule is meant especially for me.
Total time so far has been almost 7 hours which includes the 3rd and 4th trips back and forth to the hardware store. It turns out that plumbing fittings that came with the new, replacement faucets won’t fit into the existing fittings. Now I have to figure out how to marry the two. Don’t you just love plumbing!
Back to the hardware store…
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