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

plumber Tom

04:11PM | 12/11/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 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


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!

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