Saturday, March 7, 2009

A new sink!

One of the things that stinks about owning a house is that things break and the happy homeowner gets to fix them.

Yes, back in the old days, I could always pick up the phone and call the landlord when things went wrong. They magically got fixed and I didn't have to spend a dime or lift a finger.

Those were the days, but things have changed. Just yesterday, tragedy struck at Casa de Hawg -- the faucet in the kitchen sink started leaking and needed to be replaced.

Now, my kitchen sink is evil. Yes, I've fought with it before and I'm sure it has more nastiness in store for your old friend, The Hawg. But, that's beside the point.

The problem with my sink -- other than it being evil -- was that it had a leaky faucet (as I've said) and leaky faucets lead to mold, mildew and rotten walls (which I'm just now saying). Yes, the evil sink had caused the faucet to leak all over the place into the below cabinet.

Now, I could have done the smart thing and called a plumber to take care of the faucet. But I'm too cheap to do something like that, so I decided to replace the faucet myself.

Surprisingly, I was able to replace the faucet with little trouble. My wife, when shopping for faucets, started looking at double-basin sinks to replace the evil one we have. One of these days I might feel adventurous enough to replace the sink and remove that evil from my house.

For today, however, I'm proud to have replaced the faucet with no trouble. I learned how a basin wrench works, that it's not much fun to have water dripping in your face while messing around with a faucet and I may have developed a couple of new cuss words, besides.

Still, I do feel a sense of accomplishment. I'm reminded of when a bunch of us went camping back when I was 22-years-old. For some reason, all of us men took it upon ourselves to run out and find wood to burn while the women stayed back at the campsite.

So we came back with a bunch of firewood declaring, "Look! Look what the men have done! The men have brought wood!"

We didn't impress anyone but ourselves. Sad but true.


Junk Drawer Kathy said...

Oh, I'm soooo impressed. No way I could ever do what you did. The hardest thing I ever did in the house was change out a door knob. There was much joy. I sent out a press release.

Way to go Hawg!

Sherry said...

Well, congratulations on what the man got done!!!

The Natural State Hawg said...

Kathy -- A press release? I love it! Maybe I should write up a press release about my exploits with the sink...

Sherry -- I'm proud. My wife is proud. The faucet works so beautifully I almost cry every time I use it.