11:00AM | 12/11/03
Member Since: 12/25/02
18 lifetime posts
I just closed on my first house.
The kitchen faucet needs to be replaced (it is old and cranky), both bathroom faucets drip, and the hot water tap at the washing machine hook-up has a slow drip.
All of these things seems like something a rank amateur can handle, but I have this fear of messing it all up and still having to call the plumber.
So I am wondering what the likelihood is of an intelligent woman who can follow directions, but lacks most tools (I have a hammer and a few wrenches and screw driver, and a power drill!)) being able to successfully complete the above repairs?
Any scary hidden issues I should worry about?
should it be simple as replacing a washer or?

Thanks for your insight oh wise home improvers!
Tracy in CO


12:13PM | 12/11/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Congratulations on your new home!

Hopefully Plumber Tom or one of the other gurus will respond...but in the meantime, let me say that in my 20+ years as a homeowner I have never owned the special basin wrench needed for working on sink faucets. I have regretted this on numerous occasions.

If you choose to do any faucet replacement, do yourself a big favor and pick up one of those inexpensive but oh-so-useful tools!

Till next time,
-k2 in CO

plumber Tom

04:11PM | 12/11/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
810 lifetime posts
LOL k2 didn't know I was a guru. But good advice on the basin wrench. If your are going to buy one get the rigid brand. These are the best plumbing specialty tools available and most plumber's will agree with me. Unfortunately with any plumbing repair no matter how minor, you alway's risk complications. Something as simple as tightening a packing nut (maybe the case on your washer hose bibb) can lead to a snapped solder joint, then you must locate the main shut-off quickly. You should have seperate shut-off valves at each fixture. Tubs, toilets sinks etc. removing and replacing washers is not all that tough, but you must know the name brand to get identical replacement parts for each faucet you intend to repair. Replacement is a whole different story. With the introduction of flexy's, water supply connections can be made with ease. If you don't know how to solder, then use compression fittings. If you are unfamiliar with cxc sweat fittings or compression fittings, it's best to call in a plumber. I can give you additional tips on how to save money on labor costs if you post back with more details on exactly what you want to install new. Happy Holiday's GURU, Tom


04:20PM | 12/11/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
AHA, told you he was a guru!

Happy Holidays Tom, Tracy and all!



06:48AM | 12/12/03
Member Since: 12/25/02
18 lifetime posts
Thanks K2 and Tom-

Feeling a bit intimidated by the plumbing thing.... I may call a plumber initially and also take a few clasess offered up at the big box store a few towns over before I tackle this. I also have a friend who has built a few homes, maybe I can get him to do this stuff, and I can "apprentice" a bit.
I'll keep you posted and thinks for all the info!


11:28AM | 12/12/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
YES! on the classes, and the "apprenticeship."

Best wishes in your new home

-k2 in CO



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Deep blue grays like the shade shown in this example "have a nautical, serene feeling," says Amy Hendel, designer for Hend... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... Few projects are more fun than upcycling a vintage piece in a surprising way. Outfitted with a sink and a delicately tiled... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon