Plumber’s butt, sore shoulders, and the general state of things under my sink

If you aren’t interested in the intricacies of plumbing, stop reading.

Okay, keep reading, because I’m damn proud of the job I did. Too bad it took me so damn long.

It all started with my son.
“Yeah buddy, what’s up?”
“Um, the faucet’s leaking”

so I went into the kitchen, and lo and behold, the faucet is leaking indeed. Not a lot, but enough that I couldn’t let it sit. Tried messing with the handle by pulling it apart and checking the washers – no dice. Still leaking. Okay, it’s time to change the faucet.

Mistake #1 – “I’ll just go get a faucet and replace it, no sweat.”

Yeah right. I went to Home Depot and picked one out, then went back and got the right kind – there is a difference between a one hole faucet and a three hole faucet. Then went back and got new lines for the faucet because they should be replaced anyway.

Problem #1 – I have an instahot installed – it pours out almost boiling water for Tea and stuff like that. I had it rigged with a thing called a Saddle – it’s something that when installed on a copper line will pierce the line and let water flow – all without leaking. I tried to reinstall it on a different part of the pipe, and it didn’t work.

Mistake #2 – Trying to hook up a 5/8 pipe. NO ONE USES 5/8 PIPE ANYMORE!!!! Even calling the company didn’t help – they don’t carry the stuff anymore.

Problem #2 – it’s next to impossible to find a male and female connector on the same tee joint.

Solution – call a plumber. He hooked everything up and told me that I was very close, I just needed something that he made out of parts of what he had and not something I would have been able to do.

Saved a bit of my ego 🙂

Moving things around under there a day later – WTF?

Problem #3 – the tank from the instahot is now leaking. Can’t buy a new tank, had to buy a new set.

250$ later, I hope my wife likes her f*cking tea!! :)Â I did manage to understand things and get it all installed and am happy to say, that there are no leaks.

things to remember –

  1. if you have to use copper tubing, and need to put a nut on it to fasten it, you’ll need a ferrule or pressure cuff inside the nut. When you connect, put the nut on, then the ferrule, then slide the copper pipe into the thing you’re trying to hook to, slide the ferrule down, then tighten up the nut. The pressure of the nut tightening will keep clamp the ferrule down. You might want to stick some Plumbers putty into the nut before you slide it down and fasten it. Keeps it from leaking.
  2. Tape Dope – it’s teflon tape that you wind tight around the male end,tight enough so you can see the threads. Also helps stop leaks.
  3. Lose a crapload of weight and limber up your shoulders if you’re going to be under the kitchen sink. Ours is in a corner which made it especially fun.
  4. Learn the difference between 1/4, 5/8, 3/8, 1/2 and understand that almost NO ONE will carry anything connected to a 5/8 pipe. I tried finding ferrules and nuts to replace the 5/8 tank line with and went to 5 different places.

Adventures in Plumbing is over now.