We were very fortunate to find a sink and faucet on sale – the sink $64 (originally $108) and the faucet $49 (originally $98). Both were easy to install. It was my first time installing a bathroom sink and I didn’t have any issues.
OR DID I? There’s always a catch to plumbing, is there? The faucet came with a drain pipe which happened to be smaller than our existing piping. That meant there was no seal between the p-trap (the curved piece) and the drain pipe. My boyfriend was going to Lowe’s so I asked him to pick up whatever piece we’d need to make it work. He even took the p-trap with him to make sure he got pieces that fit correctly.
When he returned, he had a dinky package with two plastic rings – seals that go between pipe connections.
“The plumbing guy said this is all I’d need.” Uuuuhh, no. You need something to actually attach the two. “I asked him that! He said this is all I’d need!” Sorry, but that doesn’t actually seal anything.
Not gonna cut it. The next day I tested my luck (which is definitely hit or miss in the plumbing aisles). I walked out with two adapters.
One adapter attached to the p-trap, then the other adapter bridged the first adapter to the sink drain pipe (with a proper seal, screwed on). I wish I could give you specific part names, but I’m not plumbing-savvy enough to know what they are. I just know that they WORK.
With the whole thing assembled, I finally turned the water back on, flushed the pipes, and HOORAY HAD WATER! Feel free to do a happy dance, I sure did.
I thought somewhere along the line I had made a bullet point list of things I needed to do to the bathroom, but I can’t find it. But I need the satisfaction of striking things out, so here it goes.
Paint the walls Install new lighting Install tile floor, grout, seal, caulk, new door transition Touch up baseboard paint Paint vanityand install knobs
- Add dual flush to toilet
Install new sinkand faucet Install a mirror
- Accessorize (mostly purchased, not installed):
Shower curtain (including rod and curtain rings), toilet paper holder, towel ring, trash can, towel bar, soap dish, shelf, pretty things
- Organize: Makeup, cleaning products, hair products
- Down the road: New ceiling fan, new shower head
Striking things out feel so good.
So, tell me about a your good plumbing experience. Have you ever nailed it on the first go? Zero leaks on the first test run?