Sunday, March 26, 2017


While Borepatch was out riding, I was doing home repairs. The house was built in 1946. It was rental property when I bought it in 1986. It's a forever project.

In 2000, I tore out the kitchen to the studs. New cabinets, wiring, sheetrock, appliances, countertops, floor, sink, and windows. We washed dishes in the bathtub, the refrigerator stood in the corner of the living room, and we cooked on a camp stove while this took place. It took weeks months.

The faucet assembly I installed in the new sink in 2000 had developed a drip over that few months. There was a position you could set the handle in that wouldn't drip, but it was getting worse. Moen makes faucets here in the USA. One of their plants is with 50 miles. So Moen it is and I run out to the big blue store and get one.

Got out all the right tools. Removal is easy, if anything done by a 60 year old laying on his back under the sink is easy. Installation is even easier. Maybe 40 minutes, start to finish.

It is at this point that an accumulation of events and decisions starting in 1946 finally coalesced. Here they are, in order, as best as I can surmise.

1. Window installed at a certain height on the back wall of the house.(1946)
2. Sink and associated plumbing installed under window.(1946)
3.  New cabinets, with a 38" countertop, installed. (2000)
4. Replacement window installed. (2000)
5. At her request, a 6" wide windowsill to put things on, installed over the sink. (2000)
6. New sink and fixtures installed in countertop, directly under windowsill. (2000)
7. Replacement faucet assembly, with a taller center and an arched handle installed. (2017)

And there you have it. Murphy. It was installed, but you could not turn on the water, except a little bit right in the middle. No full hot or full cold at all. The handle would not clear the windowsill.

It is to laugh. Which I did. I liked the new faucet. I did not want to remove it, return it, and buy a different one. I did not even consider this possibility when I selected it so on some level this is my own fault and responsibility.

Add an hour going up and down to the basement, some cutting, sanding, and painting, and then putting even more tools away and behold, my solution to a problem 70 years in the making.


Borepatch said...

Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.

- Dr. Johnson

Old NFO said...

That is a great fix! :-) And it will be a conversation piece for anyone that walks into the kitchen!!!

LindaG said...

Looks great! Congratulations! ^_^

Suz said...

Actually I like how it looks.

We just bought a new sink and faucet set-up, which have yet to be installed...Yes we did buy a taller faucet than what is there as it is difficult to put tall canning kettles under the old one, so it will be interesting to see if we run into the same difficulty. My windowsill doesn't come out as far,I don't think, so, hopefully, we will be ok. Gotta admit though, never thought about it while buying the sink and faucet...

Terrapod said...

Eermmmm.. nice solution as it kind of matches the house in terms of design but did you try removing the handle and rotating it 90 or 180 degrees first? ;-)