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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Chaos and Crocodiles Stakeout

Today I am telling you the story of how I fixed my own leaky faucet.  Something my dad had showed me once how to do, but never got a chance to do it myself with his help.

So I turned to the ever faithful YouTube and looked for a how-to.  I actually found several that had the same exact faucet that I had.  For some reason, I was thinking that I wouldn't find the same set up.

Anywho, I watched the videos a couple of times, I went to Home Depot to get the supplies needed. Finally the time came for me to fix my own leaking faucet.  Something I had literally lived with for years.

Yes years people.

I told myself as long as I remember to turn the water off, all will be well.

I started with the leaking side.  I turned off the water and got to dismantling the faucet.  It was surprisingly easy.  I had the YouTube video going and it was spot on.  I replaced the washers and the main part of the hot side faucet.  After some fiddling, it was time to turn the water back on.  I tested the hot water and it worked!

Bolstered by my success, I turned off the water again and started in on the cold water side.  I replaced the washer and main part as I had on the hot side.  For some reason, this side gave me some issues.  I had to take it back apart.

This is where I forgot to turn off the water.

Imagine a super geyser of water shooting straight up out of the faucet to the ceiling and back down on your head.  Yes I was soaked, my bathroom ceiling was soaked and my floors were soaked.  I had forgotten the main rule.

Don't forget to turn off the water.

I was so mad at myself! I had to clean that all up and then finish what I started.  After I was done, the leaking was gone, but the water coming out was wonky. Somewhere in the fixing, I must have loosened some grit or something.  So I had to take off the end of the main faucet, bring it with me to make sure I bought the correct replacement.  I had no idea there are tiny numbers on the faucet screening having to do with aeration numbers and other things I don't get.

I went ahead and replaced that and now my faucets work great! The only thing I haven't gotten used to is when I brush my teeth and stick my head under the faucet to rinse (yes I do that), there is so much air mixed in the water flow that just makes it more difficult to rinse my teeth.

First world problems right?  I'll show you photos at the end of this post.

Now the polish for today is what's known as a super holo.  These are my all time favorite types of polish.  I rarely do art on top of polish like this.

Today, I give you Chaos and Crocodiles Stakeout.

This was an addition to the Secret Agent super holo set.  I'm glad I got it.  Can you see the rainbow goodness in this? I could stare for hours and usually do!

Here are faucet photos for you.

Just call me Ms Handyman!

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?