One of the things that attracted us to this house was that the bones were good. Visually/cosmetically things were outdated, old, and in some cases poorly installed. But underneath it all the structure, the electrical, the plumbing, the AC, etc was good. The inspector identified a few areas of concern like leaky faucets and slow sinks – but nothing that scared us away. In my opinion, that’s just normal house maintenance that wasn’t given the proper attention. But J and I are here to give it proper attention!
Last Saturday, my dear Papá volunteered to help address the leaky bath fixtures in the kids’ and master baths. He had previously taken a look and thought it was old washers so he brought over his plumbing tools and with J’s help took things apart.
Sure enough the washers were essentially gone – half the size of brand new washers which meant water was just leaking around the seal. The insides of the handles were also full of hard water deposits and corroded, as was the drain trip lever and the spout. We ended up getting a complete rebuild kit with new stems and handles (this kit from Home Depot); and a separate new drain lever. We still have to swap out the spout and the shower head but after that the kids’ bath will be completely leak-free and brand new. I think J and I picked up some handy tips from my dad as well. It’s good to be new homeowners learning the tips and tricks of home maintenance.
The shower head in the master was constantly dripping. I thought it was just a bad shower head but my dad and J explained that if the water was dripping from the shower head then it wasn’t properly sealed and shut off at the handles. Duh – seems so obvious now. So once again they pulled them off and found they needed to be replaced just like the kids’ bath. It was cheaper to get a second rebuild kit with two handles and a diverter than it was to get everything separate so now we’ve got an extra diverter – yay! We went with the cheaper chrome for the kids’ bath but spent the extra $5 for the brushed nickle for the master. Et voilà!
The end. Coming up next time … Tile Install!