March 27 Day 384: The Right Tool…

…makes all the difference. My goal was to fix the dripping kitchen faucet. I watched YouTube videos and gathered tools.

My action plan: remove the handle, take the innards to the hardware store, and buy the proper repair kit.

In reality: the set screw was frozen. After applying a rust penetrating catalyst, I still managed to twist a hex wrench and strip the set screw.

Plan B: Replace the entire kitchen faucet assembly. When I purchased the new faucet, I decided to include a plumbing wrench for tight spaces. It was the best money I spent. I could not have removed the old assembly without it (and the rust penetrating spray.)

Climbing half into the cupboard under the sink was no picnic and I’m pretty sure lots of muscles are going to be sore tomorrow.

The whole ordeal took me 5 hours including trips (plural) to the hardware store. I am pleased with the results. YouTube is an empowering resource.

Cover photo is of the newly installed faucet.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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