Damn me for wanting to fix a leaky bath tub faucet.
I’m the “Mrs Fix it” type who likes DIY projects, so last weekend I headed to Home Depot to inquire about fixing my dripping bath tub faucet. Since I didn’t know if it was for a washer or a cartridge, I was told to turn the water off to the house and take the faucet apart, and bring in the pieces and they’d help me get new ones. Sure, that’s easy!
I get home and head down to the basement to turn the water off. After wiggling under Craig’s desk, I try to turn the handle. Not budging. I try again with a little more force. Hmmm…still not moving. Then I search the internet to see if I’m doing something wrong but ever site says that I just need to turn the handle. I get on the phone and call the region to inquire if I’m doing something wrong. The nice lady on the other end of the phone informs me that my water shut off is seized. Ugh.
We schedule an appointment for a service person to come to the house on Friday. My Mom watches the girls at our house so she’d be able to let them in and show them around.
Thursday night I have to dismantle the desk (previous owners built and installed a desk int he corner infront of the water shut off). That proved to be fairly simple. And when my mom arrived Thrusday night, I joked that my grandpa would have been proud of me (he was a recreational carpenter).
Friday morning, I got a call from my mom saying that the service guy had arrived and that his inital comment was “oh, this is too close to the wall”. Great. (The previous owners had finished the basement and it looks like the wall he built pushed the pipes back a bit which pushed the metre too close to the cement wall/foundation.) Mom said that he was headed outside to shut off the water from the street. A few minutes later, I get another phone call from Mom saying that he was going to have to come back next week because the water shut off at the street needed to be replaced as well. Great.
So I have a bucket in my bathroom collecting dripping water and dismantled desk pieces all over the place. Ugh. Oh, and we’re not sure if we’re going to have to take part of the wall down.