Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Do It Yourself & A Little Help

The kitchen sink faucet & drains have leaked for a long time. It just got way to bad. Buckets under the sink. Dish towels behind the faucet. Water running across the counter & down the dishwasher on to the floor. Well you get the gist of it. The homestead owner (my husband agreed to repairs). Off to Lowes for a faucet. After many years of just a plain dull faucet I wanted a pretty new faucet. After all I spend so much time in the kitchen. Thinking I may need a very small T.V. in the kitchen too. Seems I hardly leave the kitchen. LOL! I decided to be a do it yourself plumber & start tearing it apart. I cleaned & cleaned too. After five hours I then checked the fittings on the new faucet water lines. Oh no not the same size as the water line connectors under the sink. Well I knew I would need help. From a past bathroom toilet water line cutting to install a shut off valve that would not seal the water had to be shut off til a plumber could get to the homestead. That took days. That was not a happy time. So I saved the homestead owner alot of labor billing since I already tackled some of the job.






I could not wait any longer. I took the faucet out of the box & held it in place to take a photo so I could see just what it would look like. A plumber must be called for a little help. New drain kits & shut off valves to be installed. Some new pipe & the water lines cut. No loss of water for days to come. Now I will have to cook since there is water in the kitchen.

I am so excited about the new faucet. My only corn flower of the season bloomed the day of the snowstorm I cut it while frozen. When thawed out it is still going strong. Makes me smile.

The sinks look sparkling new.

After my two day do it yourself plumber adventure I was ready to turn out the lights & head off to dream land. As I pass through the kitchen to the bedroom I will take one more look at my pretty faucet & I go to bed happy. But I still have some thoughts to improve the ugliness under the sink. Those flowers must go & the cabinet floor needs spruced up. My ideas never end. I hope the homestead owner will agree to this little extra expence. My fingers are crossed.

Blessings Til Next Time!
Lara

8 comments:

  1. The wallpaper under your sink is exactly what I had in my kitchen MANY, MANY years ago, It was so pretty at the time! ....your new faucet is nice, and I am glad you have no more leaks

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  2. Love that faucet. Great job. Enjoy!
    Angela

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  3. Very nice faucet! I too have a leaky faucet but not sure I'm brave enough to DIY it.:)

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  4. Way to go Lara~ looks great & I bet you are so happy with no leaks!!!
    smiles
    Teresa

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  5. You are so much braver than I!! Our faucet and sink needs replacing badly....it's to the point of gross. But as long as I'm doing that, I want to put in new countertops....And, well, let's just say the DH isn't thrilled with this prospect so I'm getting zilch cooperation.... But no way, Jose, am I tackling it by myself!! Looks great though Lara - and what a good feeling to have a new, non-leaking faucet!! Smiles & Wednesday Hugs ~ Robin

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  6. Never would dream of tackling a faucet... Thank the heavens that I married a Plumber! :) You did a wonderful job Lara. Love the high arched faucet. I just got one last year and now dream of having one of those deep farm sinks that are the rage around here... *sigh* Haven't talked hubby into that one... yet! ;)

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