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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

All About the Faucet

There are two rooms in our house that I absolutely despise.   The bathroom and the kitchen.  I've found myself many, many  times staring at the kitchen in complete frustration over what to tackle first and how to go about doing it.  There is also the unspoken agreement between Vern and I that he will handle any major renovations  while I handle the little stuff like painting and....well...that's about it. Pretty sure that's all I'm allowed to do anyway.  I mean, anyone who knows me should know I cannot be trusted with power tools.

While we've had many discussions over what our first steps are going to be in the big kitchen remodel, one of the few things Vern and I agreed upon was that the kitchen and bathroom would have to wait till the Spring and Summer. There is just TOO much to do right now and Vern can't give up any time that could be devoted to climbing. (I roll my eyes as I type that). 

So imagine my surprise when he came home Sunday afternoon with this...

I leave him alone to go to Lowe's for 1 HOUR and he comes home with impulse buys! WTH. 

I should have seen it coming. The previous Thursday Vern had started lusting after new faucets and sinks online. Complaining that our current faucet was too low, causing him to have to bend over to do any dishes, making his back hurt, which is why he didn't do dishes. Pffff.   I'm suuuurrreee that's the reason. 

But if we're being honest... the old faucet wasn't pretty. 

And now that I post this picture I'm a little disgusted and embarrassed that it was that dirty. Meh. Oh well. 

I'll try to give you a breakdown of how Vern did this, but he wasn't much help when it came to giving me blow-by-blow steps. He pretty much just grunted and glared every now and then as I tried to snap pictures.  Eventually he'll learn. 
I do know that he started by shutting off the water valves under the sink. There were two of them and he twisted them into the "OFF" position. Easy enough. 
Then he disconnected the water hoses from the valves and the current faucet. While I hovered over him taking pictures and making inappropriate comments. :)

There might have been a moment where I questioned if he knew what he was doing, but then things started to pop off the sink - so I figured he was on the right track. 

After disconnecting all the water hoses to the faucet, he loosened the bolts from underneath and off popped the old ugly faucet. 

Then using a 2 inch putty knife and soap he cleaned the sink area where our new faucet would go.  It must be mentioned that our house used to be a rental. We've uncovered so many layers of paint and grime from all the years it was rented out.  The sink was no exception. Yuck. 

Once the cleaning was done, it was time to start fitting the new faucet.  Now this was the step where I didn't take too many pictures.  Basically, Vern did these steps: 
  1. Lined up the base plate of the new faucet with the escutcheon (which is the thing that goes between the sink and the base plate of the faucet. 
  2. Inserted the faucet body through the hole of the base plate and escutcheon. 
  3. Crawled under the sink to tighten the mounting nuts, install the washer and thread the nut onto the threaded mounting shank. (I'm a child and many things about that last step just made me laugh). 
  4. Re-connect the water lines, using a wrench to tighten the connections. 
  5. Install soap dispenser - which was as easy as putting the pump through the top hole and the bottle to hold soap underneath 

After tightening everything....we had a SHINY NEW FAUCET!

Pretty huh! It works amazingly well, which it should; but the only downside showcases how badly we need a new sink. :(  We've had our eye on this one....

Isn't she a beauty?  However, this month we've had enough spending go to house related projects. Maybe next month.  But Vern's impulse buy crossed another to-do item off our list, so I guess he deserves a pat on the back for that one. Good job man-friend.

As of now this is where our list stands....


  • Paint Walls
  • Paint Trim
  • Paint Ceiling
  • Refinish existing cabinets 
  • Add hardware to existing cabinets
  • Replace countertops
  • Tile back splash behind the sink
  • New sink
  • New Faucet
  • Update light fixtures
  • Move the washer into the garage (yes...the washer is located in the kitchen. Thumbs waayyy down!)
  • Install dishwasher
  • Route electrical outlet for garbage disposal
  • Install garbage disposal

We still have a ways to go, but at least we're making progress!

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