Yesterday, I took the day off, and I spent a good part of the day replacing the kitchen faucet. Success! Only blood drawn wasn't from that project, but from unpacking the new shower door from the shipping crate. OK, I didn't take off with the intention of replacing the kitchen faucet, but after discovering water damage below the sink, it was the right thing to do. Sadly, the old sink looks quite shabby compared to the new, very glamorous faucet, but I will walk away from that for now.
Today, I intended to work in the basement, printing maps, doing laundry, and organizing. Well, it is now after 7:30, and I am just starting the map printing, and the only laundry I did was throw a load from last night into the dryer, and I haven't organized one single thing!
So, what did I do with my time instead, you ask? Feeling quite proud of my plumbing prowess yesterday, despite the colorful bruising on my breast bone, I decided to replace the toilet in the basement, since it was horribly stained, and it was rocking quite a bit...well, after three trips to HD, besides the initial one to a plumbing store, I don't have the toilet in. It was a series of This Old House scenes - shut off valve to toilet doesn't turn, vintage flange is broken, new flange doesn't have anything to be screwed to, etc.
My brother, Claude, helped me sort out using Sharkbite to redo the shut off valve, after even my best effort didn't loosen it for traditional replacement. Flange was easy, but then I needed something to hold the new flange in place, and this required drilling into the concrete floor. Last trip to HD was the best (to Duke St location vs. Seven Corners) perhaps since it was after the witching hour, and a wonderful gentleman escorted me through getting something to keep the sewer gases and/or rats out of the house until the new toilet is FINALLY installed, and also took me several aisles over to review my concrete anchor choices.
Back home...need to drill into the concrete...a job for another day, and after purchasing the proper drill. Still less then a plumber (barely), and I enjoyed the experience of figuring things out.