New kitchen sink faucet: $180
Plumber’s putty: $2.89
Water shut-off wrench: $13.80
Trips to Lowe’s / Home Depot: 3
Busted knuckles: 4
Curse words uttered: 386
spent wasted: 4 hours
What I’d rather have been doing: Anything
Parker & Sons Plumbing “no extra fee on Sundays” policy: Priceless
There are some home repair projects that are better left to the professionals. One would think that by now I would have learned that plumbing repairs fall squarely into that category.
But no. I mean really, how hard can it be to replace a kitchen faucet?
Well, given that the original faucet was apparently installed before the sink was put in, and given that the stupid contractor when the home was built hard welded the hot water line to the shut-off valve (a fact not discovered until 3.5 hours into the ordeal), and given that the nasty tap water that abounds in Phoenix had clogged up the cold water shut off valve to the point it couldn’t be closed, what should have been a one hour job turned into an afternoon-long torture test that ultimately involved calling in a plumber anyway.
Thank goodness for Parker & Sons, a local Phoenix area plumber who has a wonderful policy of not charging extra for weekend and evening calls. They are fast, the plumbers are nice, and the prices are reasonable (for plumbing, which can get shockingly expensive pretty swiftly). Be sure to check out their on-line coupons.
We now have two shiny new quarter-turn ball valve shutoffs under the sink, which means the poor dumb son-of-a-bitch that gets to replace the faucet the next time will have a far easier go at it. A note to him ”“ removing the garbage disposal will give you about another inch of access, and will make removing the faucet a far simpler task. And don’t worry about that extra part left over, it doesn’t seem to do anything.
Photo Credit: Francy Thompson <””who broke the old faucet…