I used to fix dripping faucets, when all it took was a new washer, maybe an O-ring.
I can still deal with simple stuff like toilet flappers…
but every time something breaks down, it gets replaced with a new and “better” type that doesn’t even have the parts I know how to remove or replace.
Sure, it all looks easy on YouTube.
The nice 35-year-old plumber in the video laid out all the steps,
and all the simple-sounding supplies you’ll need.
Then you discover that the little doohickey that ought to cost $1.65 goes for $24.97…
and if the pipe underneath it is crumbling, you’ll need a new piece to replace it….
and all the fittings for that….
along with $97.75 worth of tools you don’t own, including a blow-torch.
Plus, he left out a few other essentials you might not be able to find anywhere….
like the patience you had when you were 35….
and the brute strength to remove the corroded old doohickey before you can wrestle the new one on…
and if it’s under the sink, a contortionist’s ability to get into a position where you can reach it, and see what you’re doing.
At the same time.
Jun 16, 2017