So, this past weekend saw some minor home improvements as we prepare for colder weather (winter is coming!). Some additional weatherstripping around the entry doors, some insulation for the pipes in the basement; it's amazing how looking at things through a northeastern viewpoint changes the southern build...
Since we were already making a pilgrimage to the home improvement store, I grabbed some minor repair items as well. The hall half-bath commode had started making odd noises, not water hammer but unnatural sounds that heralded the replacing of internal parts. Even though replacing the fill valve is trivially easy, it involves toilets, which are naturally evil creatures, so I held my breath until the job was complete and 24 hours had passed with no leaks to declare triumph.
As I was in full-on handyman mode, I next tackled the door to the basement storage (where the reloading bench is set up and ammo is stored). It had never closed properly, so a quick realignment of the strike plate was in order. It's amazing how efficient a good whap-o-stat can be at persuading a strike plate it needs to be 1/4" lower...
It's not much, I know. Guys like og or doubletrouble or Wally who can tear stuff down to component molecules, fix what's broken, and put it all back together in a functional manner have always fascinated me. Part of it has to do with knowing my limitations - I know I get frustrated easily when things don't work as expected, and I doubt my abilities perhaps more than I should. I don't tackle what I consider complicated tasks out of fear of screwing it up, which is (I know) how you learn best.
So, with that said, how difficult is it to replace a kitchen faucet? Ours has been dripping for a while now, just enough that something needs to be done, but not enough to require immediate action. We know from our previous house that once faucets start dripping, there's little to do other than replace them (this is hard-won wisdom after replacing every single seal, washer, and o-ring in the $25 Delta faucet in the master bath in the old house...). We picked up a replacement kitchen faucet at Lowe's as a stop-gap, as at some point the kitchen is going to get an upgrade involving new counters/sink/range/etc. and there's no point spending a lot of money.
I've been going back and forth between just hiring a plumber to replace the faucet and tackling the job myself, and I'm squarely on the fence. On one hand, hiring the professional means I don't have to worry about screwing it up, and it will get done in an hour as opposed to half the weekend. Yes, it costs money, but if the job gets botched, someone else pays to fix the mistake. On the other hand, it looks *really* simple - shut off the water, unscrew the connections, remove old faucet, install new faucet. I found a guide to the process; it looks pretty simple especially considering I don't have to install shut-off valves.
Then again, don't all home-improvement nightmares start with "it looks easy; what could possibly go wrong?"
That is all.