Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Sinking

So, the plumbers came to replace my faucets. I also asked them to switch the hot and cold water lines on the kitchen sink, which have been connected backwards since I moved in. But to do that, they also wanted to replace the shut-off valves, which were all corroded up and, in one case, missing a handle. Which was fine, and not entirely unexpected. But then they got the old faucet off, revealing the fact that my 50-year-old ceramic sink is well advanced in the process of slowly crumbling to pieces from the faucet holes on out.

My faucet replacement has thus turned into a sink replacement. Sigh. Why do these things always tend to snowball like this? Oh, yeah. It's because I bought a cheap house, that's why. I keep forgetting that.

8 comments:

  1. My new place has the hot and cold water connected backwards at the bathroom sink, but not at the tub nor the kitchen sink. Go figure.

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  2. Mine was just the kitchen sink. It's easy enough to fix, really, but even the simple things take me a few years to get around to.

    Of course, now I just know I'm going to constantly be expecting it to be backwards.

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  3. heh...we run into that here to.
    Now I know the term "fixerupper" means RUN AWAY!!!

    I'm so glad my Dad can be our handyman...or we'd be screwed from all the mystery repairs that have expanded into crazy repairs over the years in our house...

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  4. I really wish I had somebody to help out like that. There are so many things that need to be done around here that are a bit too much for me and my complete lack of DIY skills, but small enough that I'm almost embarrassed to try to get a professional to do them for me. Once in a while I rope in a friend, but not all of them are quite as good with repairs as they might like to think they are, if you know what I mean. Plus, it makes me feel a bit guilty, because it's not like I have any real way to return the favor.

    And I did run away fast from the houses that were labeled "fixer upper" (or "handyman's special," or whatever they actually call it) but, see, this one was perfectly livable when I moved in. It was just that there were lots of things that, eh, were probably going to need to be addressed eventually, a few years down the road. And, of course, here it is, a few years down the road.... :)

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  5. For several years, when my parents were still in the country, they would come down to visit, and my Dad would spend the time pottering around with his toolkit. That's not really on, now, and I worry occasionally whether there are things slowly crumbling around here, like your sink!

    Anyway, I'm glad that you've now got it sorted out, and that the new sink seems good.

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  6. I really wish I had a relative who would do that kind of thing. My mother would clearly very much like to, but her home improvement skills aren't all that much better than mine, so the only thing she's done was to paint my kitchen. Not that I didn't appreciate that!

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  7. A plane ticket is all it would cost you or I could use my frequent miles. But I like to only use my own tools. Too bad you dont have a transporter.

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  8. If I could build a transporter, I wouldn't need help. :)

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