The Home Ownership Thread - Page 137
I didn't get the window insert, yet, by the way. The guy called me like five times--first telling me they didn't have it yet, then saying he'd called and the lady he talks to isn't there, but he'll have it Wednesday. Then calls and says Monday. Then Wednesday again. I stopped answering and the last call was "oh, it just showed up." So I guess I'll get it tomorrow.
Riveting is pretty easy to do yourself. You can call a professional but he's going to charge you hundreds of dollars. The tools for riveting and some basic safety supplies at Harbor Freight will cost you about the same as one riveting job. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that show you how to do it; it's remarkably simple if you prep the surface correctly and just watch the temperature. Once you've got the tools, all your future riveting jobs are free.
Called in a plumber as my novice attempts to fix a few things ended with me throwing up my arms.
1. Garbage disposal. I have installed some before but the guy at the "home improvement" store said I had been installing it wrong. The plumber said I had it right and didn't charge me to fix it as I had everything except 1 piece of PVC. Worst part was the garbage disposal was faulty so I have to go exchange the unit...damnit.
2. Leaky 3 knob shower. The plumber said he assumed everything is original as he hasn't seen anything like ours in a long time. Instead of rebuilding our old system he suggested upgrading to modern internals that are easily fixed. Said don't buy plastic crap as it is more costly in the end than buying a more quality piece first. I agreed.
So he barely charged us this time around but said installing 2 new shower faucet sets takes some time but they will warranty the work for something like 6-10 years. Old house problems...
But the trim was actually damaged in shipping so they had to send it back for another one. Thursday. As exciting as this is I'll be sure to keep you guys posted!
Really, though, I posted about this because it's a good upgrade, easy to DIY, and cheap, but is also mostly unknown.
@Jbarwick: leaking shower knobs are almost always a very easy fix. I'd be really hesitant to replace the whole thing if it's just a couple $5 cylinders. Pull 'em out and take them to a real hardware store. I bet you can get them.
This picture helps explain our old faucets. More modern faucet systems have a packing nut. Ours does not nor has any place to put them. We would have to find a source for old stem "systems" or whatever they are called and then he said they may leak again in a year. Maybe I am getting taken advantage of but I felt he was being honest.