Well, I am happy to report that at 8:30 PM EST my plumbing project was completed! I am not going to lie; I did a little happy dance! For those of you who are thinking that this seems a bit silly and over-the-top, I assure you, it’s not! This project was a project that I optimistically (and now in hindsight I see how delusional I was) thought would take 1 – 2 hours. Reality check – It took 2 *days*! For everything that happened on day 1(or as I lovingly refer to it, my misadventures in plumbing, propane torches, and remaining calm), please refer to my post – Do not try this at home.
Well, let me catch you up on what happened yesterday. I was working and my grandmother’s plumber / handyman who is installing the new shower handle called to say that he would be at my house around 11:30 AM if I could come and let him in. When I got there, he was ready to go! Fast-forward to 5:15 when I am heading home. I pull into my driveway and notice that both he and my grandmother are in my garage and are still dealing with the plumbing. Not what I had anticipated. Well, they said that they had it under control and were fixing one last leak. Thus, I ushered my grandmother inside to rest on my couch while I left for a training run. When I got back, I saw the plumber / handyman’s truck was gone and I got excited! Surely they must be done!
WRONG! He needed one last replacement part! Lowe’s trip #5 (trips #3 & #4 were during the day yesterday). Anyway, so I sit and wait until he returns. We finally get the piece in place and… it works… nothing was leaking! So, we hurry inside to install the handle and after only a few mishaps and accidental showers, the new handle was installed! Thus, when I took my first shower with the new handle last night I was definitely singing. My cat sat outside the bathroom and hissed (I don’t think Beau appreciates the acquired taste that is my singing) and I found Sadie hiding under the bed. Well, I know I don’t have a snowball’s chance of making the London Philharmonic, but I feed those two, they could have at least pretended!
But, the lesson learned from this experience is whenever I need to have plumbing done, hire a professional and be conveniently out-of-town!