When something breaks, you can learn to work around it. But there comes a time when you just need to replace the frigging tap.
As soon as Hubby and I bought our house the kitchen tap started to drip. At first we could stop the tap dripping by turning it off hard. Although I disapprove of violence against taps, a firm hand is sometimes justified.
When it was the cold tap alone, I felt like we were winning.
Then the hot tap teamed up with the cold tap to fight us.
The screws that held both taps in place started to loosen. I swear kitchen pixies came out at night to unscrew them.
The tap began to drip constantly.
More firm hands and it almost stopped.
Then it began to run constantly. We learned how to rotate the tap against the side of the sink so it didn’t make an incredibly annoying noise as it ran.
But it was the hot tap that was always running, and no matter how much we left the windows open, they steamed up.
I assume it was costing us a fortune in gas to heat the water, though I haven’t got the bill yet.
In an effort to defeat the hot tap, Hubby started turning it off so hard I couldn’t turn it back on without his help. Yes, annoying, but also a great excuse not to do the dishes.
For a week, I had to call him in every time I wanted hot water.
Then he turned off the hot tap so hard he couldn’t turn it back on.
At this stage, the method for washing pots went something like this:
- Put pot under leaky hot tap.
- Read while waiting for it to fill with water.
- Add detergent and scrub.
- Turn on cold tap (the only one that can be turned on), yielding some hot water before a lot of cold water, to rinse.
After a while the lack of ability to turn on the hot tap gets boring.
Enter the plumber.
Hubby: I booked a plumber to come and fix the leaky tap. Do you think I should call him back and tell him he might need a replacement tap?
Me: He’s a professional. I’m sure he knows what he might need to fix a leaky tap.
Hubby: You’re sure?
Hubby clearly has too much faith in me. He didn’t call the plumber back.
Plumber when he turned up: Sorry, I can’t fix the tap today. It’s been leaking so long the tap is damaged and I need to replace it, but I didn’t bring another one.
Hubby to me: See, told you so.
Four days later, the plumber returned. He replaced the useless old tap with a shiny new one.
Now there is no struggling to turn the tap on or off. You lift the lever, and hot or cold water or a mixture of the two comes out.
It’s beautiful and easy.
Thank the Great Cat for modern plumbing.
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