Plays Well With Others...
The little flaired part at the end of the faucet pulls down and is a sprayer. It rocks!
So on my first trip to Lowe's I got the faucet and a good flashlight, because the pluming guy said I probably wouldn't need the Basin Wrench, and why waste the money. First I tried turning off the water. The hot water handle wouldn't budge. I was turning and turning and finally...the handle broke. I figured it was still operable with a wrench, but the handle was gone. Then started on the faucet bolts. Of course, when I tried to get the bolts off it turned out I did need the basin wrench, so Saturday morning before my father came over, I went back to the store (TRIP 2), only I went to Home Depot this time because it was closer. I bought the basin wrench and new water likes because I had also found out the previous night that the water lines were copper and welded on. I headed back and met my father at my house.
He took the first attempt, and managed to get one bolt off, but he did so by breaking it. It was apparently rusted all the way through and just broke right off. Then he went to work on the second one. It took a few minutes, but no real problems there. Then we pulled the old faucet out and went to put the new one in. With it resting in place, we tried to add the water lines. They weren't long enough. Back to Home Depot (TRIP 3). I bought longer lines and we were back at the house in 20 minutes. The new lines were long enough but the didn't fit on the wall valve. Back to Home Depot (TRIP 4). The Plumbing Guy was at lunch. A substitute Plumbing guy tried to help me. But we couldn't find a converter for the line. He finally decided my only option was to replace the valve. I bought two different ones because I wasn't sure which would work. Back to home. The old valves were sautered. I couldn't fix it. By this time both my parents were at my house, and we were going getting very hungry as it was now 2:30 in the afternoon. We decided lunch was in order. We tried to go to Krystal's but the line was UNBELIEVEABLE. It was literally around the block for the drive thru, and the line inside wound around the restaurant and popped out the door. So we wound up at Buffalo Wild Wings. After lunch my parents left me. All of us thinking the contractor would have to be called.
I was determined though. I went back to Home Depot (TRIP 5) and found the plumbing guy. He worked with me and came up with a crazy solution that required a second hose and a connector to be attached to the first hose. He said, "this should work. Unless your valve is beveled." Crap, I thought. I had no idea if it was. So I took the new supplies and headed home. I started working only to immediately find out, the valve was beveled. Damn.
I took pictures with my digital camera of the valves, and the old copper water lines.
Back to Home Depot (TRIP 6). I showed the plumbing guy the pictures. That REALLY helped. This time he gave me a converter costing $1.29. It, of course, worked. It was now 6pm. I turned the water on and voila!
I can now install a faucet. If you ever need one, I now know more about faucets than I EVER thought possible!
But all the work was totally worth it! It is so pretty!!!