grrrrrrrr ….. plumbing….

Yesterday the leaky kitchen faucet (leaking in three places, below each of the faucet handles and recently from the tap, which was getting worse) made me nuts enough that I pulled out the hot tap and discovered that the whole thing needs replacement. This faucet is at least 25 years old, and 8 or more years ago a single valve stem cost over $40.

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It’s all rusted inside too…

Plus there are some drain problems,
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It doesn’t look too bad,
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but I’ve been wanting that bit of formica out from under there since we moved in over 10 years ago.

And so this morning, I bought a new sink (pretty sure it’s same as the old one) and new faucet, and took out the old.
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Home repair on an old house is a can of worms. You think you’re doing a relatively simple thing, and the next thing you know, you have more to do (think about that floor project, which started about 5 years prior with taking out the old rug, finding two more rugs below it, and two layers of linoleum…).

WTF were they thinking putting in the formica backsplash like this?
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But worse, is this rot,
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My plan was to sand down the wood, oil and wax the bejesus out of it and have a plumber install the new sink. But now it looks like I have to do something in the back. Since it’s wood, I think it’s do-able. Anybody out there have a wooden counter under their kitchen sink?

I know that wood is warm, “softer” than, say, granite, and it is actually more sanitary than formica. I figure if we see the water on the wood, it’ll get wiped up… and there won’t be that nasty issue of water seeping under the formica seem and causing hidden troubles.

So I had to take today off of work. Here’s hoping I’ll have a working kitchen sink before too much time goes by. It’ll definitely happen one way or the other much MUCH more quickly than the floor did! Luckily we have another kitchen sized sink just around the corner, so I don’t have to haul dishes upstairs to the tub. Ugh.

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    Chris said,

    July 22, 2009 @ 9:50 am

    Good luck! It must be plumbing week in blogland – Lorraine had to replace a toilet in her house just a day or two after I did, and now you with this sink problem.

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    Emily said,

    July 23, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

    Ugh, plumbing. My initial thought was that you should tile your counter, because tile is pretty. :)

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