One step back.
Sigh. That is my master bedroom/hallway wall. Yeah, the same one I crowed about updating here. I was all, excited to paint the frames and call it a done-er. And now. Weeeeeelll, not so much. See, we had a little plumbing debacle. To the tune of $700. Yeah. Takes the wind right out of your sails, don't it?
So, end of the year when I revisit my list, I hope you will forgive me if I am not wholly whole. One plumbing debacle can really set you back...here's how it went down:
We have a double-bowl kitchen sink. And the faucet is meant to swivel between the two sides. It ceased to do so. Wait, you say, how is a kitchen sink problem lead to hole in the wall two floors up? Oh, you just wait, yourself.
So, anyway, we got no swivel, and it's annoying. So I get JWH under there last week. You know, to fix it. Ha! No such luck. He gave it the 'ol HBS try (ha, funny one!) And called a plumber. $29 for the plumber to even walk in the door. Ok, fine, then let's get him to look at the other pipe and water related issues we have. Namely, the leaking in the bathroom faucet, the slow-to-drain tub, the banging pipes in the shower.
Well, the tub needed a new cartridge as well as some other thingamabob ($100 and $80 respectively) and the sink needed a new "stem." Wunderbar. And the drain. Oye, it was loose, and the overflow valve was "a leak waiting to happen." Double wunderbar. To get at that overflow valve? Yeah, see the pic above.
The one, small, bright spot in all this? When the plumber could not figure out the part number for the "stem" I needed, I called Kohler. Not only did they know what I needed, they sent all 3 parts free. Yep. Under warranty, baby. Booyah!
(Funny thing is, I totally expected to need parts or a replacement for the kitchen faucet - since it's all German and shit. Nope, just needed a little grease.)