Products and companies can inspire a lot of passion. It’s always nice to see consumers forge lifelong relationships with products or brands they love. But there’s another way passion can play out. In some cases, a single bad experience can make a company dead to you forever.
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This week I finished installing two new bathroom faucets. I’m always a bit leery of plumbing projects, but I felt that installing faucets was well within my capabilities. I was right.
Step one, however, was to remove the old faucets, which I was sure would be even easier than the install – destroying is always easier than creating, right? And on that I was horribly, terribly, disastrously wrong. I won’t go into the details, but just know that removing the old faucet took about ten times longer than the install, and required the use of tools, including a drill and a hacksaw, I would have never imagined. You might blame the difficulty on my plumbing incompetence (many times you’d be right), but in this case I have an army of youtubers who back me up. The Moen faucet I was removing is infamous, and the time (20+ years in service) and other factors (very hard local water, which made parts fuse together) involved made it worse than any of the videos I viewed. I won in the end, but it came at a high cost.
Yes, I’m talking about you, Moen. We’re done. I’m sure you fired the misguided designer behind the Moen Monticello faucet long ago, but his painful legacy lives on. Your name will forever evoke the tears, the smashed fingers, and the desperate frustration I felt this week. It’s over.
The stress and emotion of removing these two faucets left me vulnerable. I was the perfect candidate for a rebound.
Enter Pfister. Its Courant faucet put an arm around my shoulder and made me feel loved. It was ridiculously easy to install, and (fearful of being hurt again) I could tell it would be straightforward to remove. The elegant simplicity of its push & seal drain closed the deal. I’m officially smitten.
You wouldn’t think bathroom faucets would top a list of passion-inspiring products, but DIY emotions run deep. A single project has made me forever curse one faucet company and feel fierce devotion to another. It pains me to admit it, but price is a minor concern going forward (just for faucets, though – let’s not go crazy).
Plumbing Blasts from the Past
My list of links today is short and self-serving, but I do have two plumbing posts to profile from the archives.
One of my greatest fears when installing the faucets was doing something bad (upstream of the shut-off valve) and causing a leak or flood. I had the number of a plumber handy, but my most important prep was knowing how to shut off my water main fast. If you haven’t figured this out for your house and confirmed you have any tool you need, please do so today.
Although I was careful in my work, I was still very worried a small mistake would surface later with a flooded bathroom (or house…). I checked and rechecked for leaks in the hours and days after I finished work (yes I’m a bit anal), but my worries were also relieved by putting a leak detector under each sink. I had to borrow them from other parts of the house, though, which showed me I was short. I just purchased more Zircon leak detectors to have one under every sink and behind every commode. They’re not as cute as my Leak Frogs, but they seem to work as well and are much cheaper.
That’s a wrap for today – the long weekend (at least here in the U.S.) beckons.
Happy Friday everyone!
As you a DIY plumber, or are you terrified of flooding your house? Any plumbing misadventures or brag-worthy accomplishments? Let me know in the comments.