Color me not surprised that my attempt to fix the bathroom faucets hit snags, which may mean I don’t have the tools nor talent to do the job. The faucet stems are sunk behind the wall tiles and the holes cut into to the tiles are too small to get a wrench into them. If I can find the proper socket to turn the faucet stem, I might be able to file the holes larger without cracking the tile. There is a possibility that I can attack the nuts from the access panel on the backside of the bathroom wall, but that’s a Hail Mary. Then, if I can’t simply replace the washers/gaskets, I have to find matching stems at the hardware store. I’m so frustrated.

Wordle: six, my starter was REIGN
Connections: perfect, Yellow > Blue > Green > Purple

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20 Responses to 2024-01-03

  1. Steve says:

    Wordle in 4, Connections with 1 mistake.

    Be patient with yourself. Go to the hardware store (the good one) and tell them what you have. Take pictures. They will sell you a socket to get the valve’s out. DO NOT attempt to file the tile. You WILL make a bigger mess of it.

    Kinda of a busy day yesterday- at least the time passed quickly. In the office today, even though I could have WFH per our management all week.

    A half hour on the trainer last night of my own torturous design. The GCN folks are promoting “30 for 30”- at least 30 minutes of effort every day for the month of January. I may give myself a pass on Friday, but otherwise I think I’m in.


    • David says:

      I’m with Steve, “Don’t touch that dial!”, er tile. It will not well. Are you averse to paying a plumber to do this? In my book money is a magic eraser for frustration, ESPECIALLY when it comes to plumbing repairs.

    • I don’t think the holes in the tiles are big enough for anyone to get a socket or wrench into in order to do the job.

      While not financially opposed to getting this fixed by a professional, time is not on my side. Now if my brother wants to call someone while he is here, then I’m all for it. If not, I’ll have someone tackle the issue next month.

      On positive note, I was able to turn the handle enough to get the dripping to stop this morning, therefore I don’t have to cut the water off at the street right now. Since there is water I am doing laundry, and can use the toilet at will!

      • David says:

        That’s a fair assessment, and keep in mind professionals see things like this on the regular and have tools and techniques that make the job seem like no big deal. Kudos on getting the drip to stop.

    • It has been my experience that no house builder / remodeler does the work ensuring maintenance/repair can be performed.

      • Steve says:

        And if you or bro can’t get to it now, get on a plumber schedule for your next trip and be done with it. And if the hole is just big enough for the stem to poke through, maybe the closet access is the way.

      • David says:

        “Sha la la la la la Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today” 😉 😉 😉

  2. David says:

    Wordle in 4, clean connections.

    I went for a walk last night with my friend Scott and had dinner at his house. Tried to be “good” by getting some exercise and then not chasing it with a beer. At 9:45 I was like “I need to get home so I can get some sleep”. Scott walked back to my house with me, and we ended up continuing our conversation until 11. As soon as I laid down, BAM!!! Massive foot cramps that made my feet feel like they were turning on on themselves. I ran an epsom salt bath and sat and soaked for a long time. There went my best laid plans on the sleep hygiene front. I’m going to get on board with my doctor’s recommendation of a magnesium supplement.

    • Steve says:

      Ow! Ow! Ow! That ain’t good. I guess I eat enough bananas as I rarely get cramps. I get a little restless leg syndrome in my recliner sometimes, but generally get off my ass and walk around will clear that.

  3. Sally says:

    Chilly start to the day. I did get in 4.5 miles this morning with a beautiful sunrise. Back to work after a long hiatus. Not looking forward to that.

    Wordle in 5 starting with STEAM. One mistake in Connections: Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple.

    Fun run up and over Kennesaw Mountain last night. What a gorgeous sunset. Pizza and a fire afterwards.

  4. Barb says:

    wordle flowed easy in 4 –
    Connections – my brain wasn’t working -so I decided to just see what the answers were after getting yellow.

    Allan made chili last night and it was tasty without being too spicy.
    Our massage therapist was here – and she doesn’t like spicy food. I had to remind him to not make it spicy. (I don’t want her to quit making house calls 😉

    She decided she wants to do the 50 hikes thing this year – I told her I would try to go on most of them if our schedules can work out.

  5. Bob says:

    Plumbing is not your strong suit 🙂 Hire that shit out, save yourself the frustration. It sucks to write that check but knowing it is done right and you don’t throw any tools makes it worth it.
    I know I could have hung the drywall in my dining room but it would have taken me 3 weeks to do what was done in 3 days. 100% worth it.

    Heading to Brevard this weekend to do some chainsaw work on a friends property. We may get snow on Saturday morning, should make it interesting.
    Saturday afternoon is one of my skip days too 🙂

  6. Jenka says:

    I am on vacation this week so I’ve been off grid. We got home from Mexico on Friday and on Saturday we went up to the cabin. All we did for three days was sleep, eat, drink, and watch football. It was glorious.

    Today is day 700 on Duolingo!

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