Most every do-it-yourself home project there is I have tackled with various success over the years. Finished three basements (Michigan, Virginia, and North Carolina), finished an upstairs room (Virginia), added a sun room and garage (North Carolina, with lots of professional involvement), handled carpentry, electrical and painting projects, done the heavy lifting for Karen’s gardens, and even tackled a few plumbing and HVAC projects.
Got pretty good at all of them except plumbing. The plumbing projects go in this order:
a. Turn off the main water supply. Very important. Do not ignore this critical step.
b. Take whatever it is apart.
c. Take parts to parts shop and attempt to get advice.
d. Attempt to put back together; i.e., fix.
e. Repeat b through d. (Three or four times.)
f. Call plumber.
The only time I didn’t follow that routine completely was when I redid two bathrooms here in Wake Forest. Much to the relief of the lovely and patient female plumber in the plumbing department at Lowe’s (she had taken reluctant part in previous projects), I actually replaced two vanities and faucets on the first try. No leaks. Drains drained. Hot and cold water came out of the correct faucets.
On my next trip to Lowe’s I looked up my helpful plumber to let her know of my success. Her response: “Do tell.”
Miracles do happen.