I remember my Saturday mornings used to be quite different.
Now when I'm lay in bed, my wife rolls over, snuggles in close and whispers softly in my ear
"The kitchen sink is leaking".
Not what I had planned. Whoever bodged this sink before me didn't do a great job. It only took me about 5 minutes to find out why it was leaking, it was blocked up right at the end in the drain and then backing up and coming out of the washing machine waste. This had wrecked the unit under the sink even more than it already was, the wet slowly destroying it and making it fall apart. I like the fact that it has doors on it though, so I can close them and forget about it our slowly distorting kitchen unit.
I fixed the leak by removing the blockage and cutting the pipe a bit shorter to stop it happening again. I also check the U bend to make sure that was clear. Then just as I was about to pack up and put my stuff away a fitting burst.
I hadn't even touched it, but it just started spraying water everywhere. I tuned off the water and removed the faulty fitting. It was a Y splitter I had brought off eBay, it felt cheap when I fitted it and I was right, it was cheap crap. The thing had split down the middle. Luckily it had happened when I was there or it would have been a right mess.
|The new and the old fitting|
So my Saturday morning was finished off with a trip to the plumbers merchants (with my two year apprentice in tow) to buy a fitting that cost £2, I think it cost more than that in fuel.
Although it cost me most of my morning to put these things right, I wonder how much it would have cost to get a plumber in to do it all for me? Sometimes it's good to be self reliant!