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Sibley

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Fixed the sink!
« on: July 06, 2017, 09:06:13 AM »
Yeah, yeah, this is peanuts for many of you. But not for me.

Saturday, the water line from the wall to the utility sink broke. I was home and caught it, so the floor just got washed. And I'd been planning on replacing the faucet anyway.

Sunday I got new water lines. Took the drain off (!!!), unhooked the lines from the wall (!!!) Tried to move the sink. Sink won't move - there'a screw holding it to the concrete floor. The screw is stripped. Ok. Ended up texting my friend and asking if her parents had any tools to get stripped screws out. Her dad came over to help. After trying various things, we used the pry bar to pry the sink straight up. The screw was in a plastic anchor, and not budging.

So, now the sink is out. Took the old faucet off and put the new on, hooked up the water lines, put the sink back in place... and the lines are the wrong size.

Monday, trip to the plumbing store for the right water lines. (various painting activities happening while the sink isn't in the way)

Tuesday, put the correct water lines on, put the sink in place, hook it up. Turn the water on, yay! No leaks. Try to put the drain back on. The piece that screws to hold things tight - it's cracked. Ok, other stuff.

Wednesday, another trip to the plumbing store. They guy knows me now and is very nice. fixes up the drain piece and tells me how to reattach it. Take it home, put the drain on, run water, yay!!!! No leaks.

I fixed the sink :)

simonsez

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Re: Fixed the sink!
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2017, 10:08:17 AM »
Nice work!

How much money do you think this saved?

Is this something that you can apply in the future to other sinks?

Sibley

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Re: Fixed the sink!
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2017, 10:52:08 AM »
Saved me calling a plumber to do it. As to future sinks, not right now at least!  Though, I will check the water lines that haven't been replaced and if they're not the braided kind (apparently those are better), replace them eventually.

I run into problems of strength and tools. As in, don't have them, even if I know what to do.

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Re: Fixed the sink!
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2017, 12:26:05 PM »
Congrats! Just a note for everyone, if you have braided connectors on sinks and toilets, they should be changed at least every ten years. They are potentially a disaster waiting to happen. When installing make sure you do not overtighten them, especially if there are plastic fittings connected to the toilet, those should only ever be hand tightened!

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Re: Fixed the sink!
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2017, 04:25:16 AM »
Well done! It doesn't sound like peanuts to me.

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Re: Fixed the sink!
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2017, 06:56:21 PM »
Yeah, yeah, this is peanuts for many of you. But not for me.

Saturday, the water line from the wall to the utility sink broke. I was home and caught it, so the floor just got washed. And I'd been planning on replacing the faucet anyway.

Sunday I got new water lines. Took the drain off (!!!), unhooked the lines from the wall (!!!) Tried to move the sink. Sink won't move - there'a screw holding it to the concrete floor. The screw is stripped. Ok. Ended up texting my friend and asking if her parents had any tools to get stripped screws out. Her dad came over to help. After trying various things, we used the pry bar to pry the sink straight up. The screw was in a plastic anchor, and not budging.

So, now the sink is out. Took the old faucet off and put the new on, hooked up the water lines, put the sink back in place... and the lines are the wrong size.

Monday, trip to the plumbing store for the right water lines. (various painting activities happening while the sink isn't in the way)

Tuesday, put the correct water lines on, put the sink in place, hook it up. Turn the water on, yay! No leaks. Try to put the drain back on. The piece that screws to hold things tight - it's cracked. Ok, other stuff.

Wednesday, another trip to the plumbing store. They guy knows me now and is very nice. fixes up the drain piece and tells me how to reattach it. Take it home, put the drain on, run water, yay!!!! No leaks.

I fixed the sink :)
Dang, for a minute there I thought you were going to to do a plumbing repair in less then three trips to the hardware store. You had me on the egde of my seat. But then came Wednesday. :-)
 It's a rule, no plumbing repair can be performed in less than three trips to the hardware store.