When I purchased my home in February of 2002 it did not dawn on me that I would end up learning plumbing. Yes, as with any homeowner I did consider that repairs would be necessary and that I'd learn on-the-fly. I have a book that my Mother gave me called "Complete Do-It-Yourself" from Time Life books. And it is pretty handy for getting an idea of what's going on with household appliances, plumbing and electric. But mostly you learn from doing hands-on.
So big deal, Gary. You've fixed a few valves and such. You're no master plumber. Perhaps not. But I have taken on the following projects in my house, which, having been built in 1987, is now 20 years old and has required nearly all it's valves and hoses replaced.
- Replaced nozzle on the gas line to the gas dryer (it was sticking 3 inches out of the wall when I moved in)
- Replaced the valves on both the hot and cold water lines to the washer/dryer
- Replaced refrigerator water line
- Installed new kitchen faucet with extension handle
- Installed two new low-flush toilets in 2 of the 3 bathrooms
- Replaced all 3 bathrooms' toilet water lines and all toilet valves
- Replaced the entire inside of the 3rd toilet (which in retrospect I should have just changed out!)
- Removed corrosion from master bath faucet
- Replaced soap dish in the wall of the shower (note to self: tiling & grout is a bitch but cement is worse)
- Installed new dishwasher (yes, this is a project that even plumbers cringe at doing and for some reason I decided I would try this one night in 2004.
- Plumbing made in the 80's was cheap as an Indian flea market
- Having now replaced every other piece of plumbing in the house the next item to "go" will be either the water lines/valves to the bathroom sinks (which have the same valves I already replaced in the corresponding toilets, see #6 above) or a burst copper pipe which I shall not be repairing myself
- Plumbing 'issues' come in groups (a valve upstairs, a hose in the garage, a tap in the backyard all within 3 weeks of each other)
- Plumbing 'issues' should be tackled in groups -- I know it's a pain in the ass to replace ALL the valves if you have 4 toilets but otherwise you'll end up at Home Depot every weekend for a month. I'd rather spend the extra hour now and save the aggravation later.
The bad is that I'm tired of plumbing. I'm a lover not a fighter says Paul McCartney.