Monday, November 10, 2008
The ol' pump faucet
Pretty quiet weekend, really.
We've had this faucet sitting in a box for a couple of months that I've been meaning to install. Of course, I just haven't gotten to it.
Saturday, I had the brilliant idea of putting it in.
So, I shut the shutoff valves off, proceeded to unplumb the old one, and then ran into a snag. I couldn't get the old one off. The stupid plastic nuts on the bottom didn't have anything to hold on to, and I couldn't get one of them unscrewed.
Yeah, ok. Big deal.
Of course, one of the shutoff valves then started to really not be shut off. And it just got worse from there. I shut the water off completely to all sinks, toilets, and everything plumbing related, and proceeded to fight with the old faucet for an hour. Eventually, I got it off, after resorting to drills, chisels, and other tools not normally found in a plumber's toolbox.
Joe the plumber I am not.
So, I put the new one in (it does look like the one in the picture). Started installing a new trap.. yep. Forgot to get an extension tube. This sink is stupid and wasn't really put together right. Super. One trip down to Home Depot later (where Christmas is apparently in full season, thank you very much)...
Got the trap/drain all done, turn the water supplies back on.. and......
No hot water. Super.
I figure that shutting off the valve got it stuck in the 'almost off' position. Not quite "off", as it can still leak water at a decent rate all over.
Totally fricken awesome. So, we have cold water. It's going old school, back to the pump, ala this faucet style.
I wasn't about to fart around with putting in a new shutoff valve after this fiasco. Plumber is coming Friday.
So, Saturday was wrecked after all of that, and I didn't get out to swim, run, bike, do jumping jacks, or anything like that. I did make about 800 trips up and down stairs, though, so that's got to count for something.
Sunday I did get out and do 21 laps in the pool, so that was nice. I am humbled by the other swimmers though.. I'm struggling to do a whole lap with freestyle crawl, and they go back and forth and back and forth. Sigh. I mix it up with different strokes so I can work different muscles. Yeah, that's it.