My name is Tom, by the way. Hi.
I've also never done plumbing on anything, ever. Oh boy, plumbing. Where do I start? Never having done plumbing before, I was a bit..... er, nervous. Electricity I can deal with. You can't electrocute your whole house, just yourself, right? Well you could certainly flood your whole house if you were bad enough at plumbing. Scary. Give me wires over pipes any day of the week.
But, as you know if you've been following along with my wonderful wife's posts, we have been without a kitchen sink or dishwasher for 6+ weeks now. So it was time to face my fears and reconnect our kitchen to the civilized world. Let's go through a play by play on how the kitchen sink project played out.
Step One: Disconnecting your old sink
Always turn off the valves to both your hot and cold water supply lines before disconnecting anything. It's also helpful to have trained water emergency response personnel (Chelsea) ready to sprint to your house's main water shutoff valve at a moment's notice. Don't worry, we didn't have to resort to this. Then we disconnected the supply hoses (hot and cold) to the faucet. If the water sprays you in the face, this is when you activate the Chelsea Emergency Water Shutoff Response System, because you totally did something wrong. You can expect a little dripping water, so keep your towel handy.
Next you need to disconnect the drain line(s) from any drains or garbage disposals. This step was a total confidence booster. Not because it went smoothly or anything, but because the entire drain pipe assembly fell apart when I touched it and water gushed everywhere. Ahhhh, nothing like the feeling that you can only improve something! There was no way I could do THAT bad reinstalling the sink. I was a man with nothing to lose!!
But, seriously, do keep in mind the trap (U-shaped portion of the drain pipe below any sink) has a ton of water in it. That's why they call it the trap (haha)! Yes it did take me spilling water all over the kitchen to put two and two together, but I guess you remember things more when you learn them the hard way. So on a practical note, anytime you work on your drain pipes, keep a bucket handy and work carefully to dump the trapped water into it. :-) Another pearl of wisdom while I'm on the topic- anytime you have a total clog or a slow sink drain that is too stubborn to clear up, a clog in the trap should be your number one suspect: hair and other debris tends to settle down in the trap. Before you call a plumber, try to check it out yourself by dissembling the drain pipe and hopefully pulling out the culprit!
Next: Step Two - Faucet Installation!
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