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Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 09:37 AM.

The new faucet fit into the sink perfectly and it looked great.  Now, all I had to do was get under the sink and hook it up.

It looked simple enough, although there were a lot of archaic looking pipes and tubes under the kitchen sink.  Apparently, the faucet I was replacing had been there since the 70’s and the fellow who put it in was expecting an earthquake or something.  There had been lots of soldering and piecing together.  Rather than earthquake preparation, perhaps the fellow before me had either experienced a leak or they had cut the pipe one too many times (it was pieced together a lot). 

Disconnecting the old faucet had been so easy that I was already looking forward to doing nothing.  Then I made my first attempt at hooking up the new faucet.  After turning on the water, I needed to get a towel.  It was leaking pretty badly.

No problem, I thought, I’ll just tighten the connections a little more. 

I turned the water back on; I needed two towels this time.  It was getting just a little frustrating.  After coming to the conclusion that I might need to replace the fittings; I headed out to the hardware store.  The hardware store is a nice place to talk about doing a lot of stuff (and not actually doing it).  I view it as a medicinal experience.

New fittings didn’t fix the leaks.  More towels were needed and I decided I needed to start cutting pipe; I went back to the hardware store.  I took digital pictures of the battlefield under the sink so I could stand around and talk about it with the fellows at the hardware store.

We all agreed that I had what I needed to win the war under the sink.

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