|Forum topic by timthetoolman||posted 11-05-2009 08:39 AM||1086 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
11-05-2009 08:39 AM
Hello, I am a woodworker, but i recently had to go to my wife’s friend’s house to fix their leaking bathtub faucet she had been complaining about the past few days, saying it was leaking. Mind you, i have only done plumbing with pipes several years ago on my tub, and could not get the shower pipe from leaking and had to call a plumber.
The past few weeks they have been keeping the knob of the faucet on by twisting it hard to turn off and keep the knob from falling. and right below the tub you can see thru the wall down below is the electric panel!
I get over there, and the thing has the knob completely sheared off and water just pouring out of the cold water pipe where the knob was. they didn’t even turn the water off the past few days. What a water bill they are going to have, and since, I told them i could fix it for $125.00 for parts. Before I went over, i looked and looked all over my garage for my plumbing supplies, the very few i had, solder, flux, torch, pipe cutter. could not find any of it.
I went to Lowe’s down the street, and chose a new faucet, $60.00 with the hose they needed to match the older one they have gotten used to. the other money was for my supplies, and one 2 foot piece of copper and some elbows and straights.
All in all, it took me 5 hours, and 12 sweat joints to reinstall the faucet. turned the water on, and no leaks!
they were very happy and i was proud of myself for learning to sweat pipes as i went. the trick is the right amount of heat with the torch with the flux, not to burn the flux off.
-- Tim The Toolman Dayton, Ohio