Showing posts with label sink. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sink. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Slip Joints

My dad came to the rescue and helped me solve my kitchen sink plumbing problems. When he heard my tale of plumbing woe, he called me and told me he could probably show me how to fix it.

We were a little concerned about how tightly the old pipes were melded together, so the night before the repair I sprayed WD40 on all of the joints.

The J trap (forgive me if I don't get these names just right) came out surprisingly easy. The sink drain also popped up, so we decided now was the time to replace that too. So, off to the hardware store we went. I chose the local hardware store with the widest product selection, but the more inexperienced staff. We brought the old pipe & drain with us....and the guy in the plumbing dept. picked out replacement pieces for us and sent us on our way.

We were out in the parking lot of the hardware store and I was feeling all optimistic. I told my dad that this looked like it was going to be a breeze. My dad kind of chuckled and told me that plumbing jobs had a way of going wrong.

We got home, took out the new pipes and began fitting them in place. For some reason the top end of the J trap would not secure to the pipe coming out of the wall. We spent some time trying to figure out what was going on, when all of a sudden my dad realized what the deal was. The pipe coming out of the wall had a slip joint and the J trap they sold us was threaded (how's that for impressive plumbing lingo?). So, back to the hardware store we drove. We found the slip joint J traps, but they still were not set up to join the wall drain pipe in the same way as my old drain. In the end, we decided to buy a new drain pipe from the wall with a slip joint, a J trap with a slip joint and the new drain.

My dad did most of the work in cutting down the new pipes and getting them together. We had one test run with a leak, but the second test held.

Behold my shiny new drain pipe. Eventually I'd like to clean up that odd bend in the copper water pipes, but that's another project for another day.

Friday, December 29, 2006


I made one of my semi-weekly trips over to the ReUse Center this afternoon. I wanted to donate the sink I decided not to use back to them. I've been hauling it around in the back seat of my car for the past couple of months, and decided if I wanted to take the tax deduction this year I had better get over there.

Of course, I had to take a swing through the place. They are having one of their 50% off the entire store sales. As always, I pulled out my little sheet with window measurements and spent some time confirming that once again they did not have any old wood storm windows to fit my house.

A few things worth mentioning.

One item I never thought to look for at the ReUse Center is a chimney cap. They had 5 of them there all in good condition; I think one was even new. $7 on sale. I can't remember exactly how much I paid for mine, but it was a lot more than $7.

They also have a good supply of old wood storm doors in good condition (80.75" x 36" & 80"X35" were the two I measured). Most are $15 on sale. Too big for my back door and I already have one for my front door, but maybe someone else is searching....

And finally. I saw the oak buffet that was pulled out of the house in my former neighborhood. It was bigger than I imagined from the photo. It was in excellent condition. It looked oh-so-sad to be sitting there homeless. Hopefully, someone buys the buffet and is able to replace one that was torn out of their old house. And all will end relatively happy.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Deco Sink Fixture

After purchasing my new sink(s), I have been spending some time tracking down a new faucet (if I don't decide to keep the original.....and depending on which sink I decide to use).

I noticed a few other Housebloggers are also trying to track down the oh-so-cool new LeFroy Brooks Bel Air bathroom sink set. I figure if we pool what we know, maybe one of us can track down a source. (Photo curtesy of the company promo. lit)

Here's what I have discovered. The set is $1650 (gasp). It is part of a new line by Lefroy Brooks.

They are designed after the 1930's Streamline through the 1950's era car hood ornaments. Bel Air, of course, is an old Chevy. The faucet spigot looks very 1930's while the fins span from the 30's to the 50's. Clever company to target a broad range of homeowners ;-)

(I can also tell old 1930's era Chevy's by their headlights - an odd skill, picked up from hanging around a car junkie, that sometimes comes in handy.)

Word has it that the company also has a new line of pastel colored bathroom fixtures (sink, etc.) to complement the hardware. I assume this is what you see in their photo. Company phone: 718-302-5292.

Very cool. So cool, I actually would consider laying down that chunk of change, I think. I also have a $800 laundry chute cover on my list.....

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Wall Sink - The Sequel

Well, I think we all knew how this was going to turn out. I went back to the ReUse Center and bought the second sink. I now have two wall sinks sitting in my hallway.

The second sink (on the right) is older than the first. It is an American sink and has a date stamp of Dec. 1929. It's in pretty spectacular condition for being that old. Not a chip on it and the finish is in excellent condition.

The Chicago faucet looks to be original. the sink has that cool gray-white color that only the older pieces have - it matches my tub. You can tell that whoever donated it actually cared - the sink was very clean. I nuked the thing with bleach, gave it a scrubbing and everything shines. You should see some of the stuff that sits in that salvage place - eew.

Of course, now we have a tiny dilemma. If you read my blog regularily you have discovered I can be a be a bit of a purist when it comes to old house topics. "If it's not broke, then leave it alone" is my mantra. It may cause me some stress to remove that old faucet. At this point I'm thinking that if I have a plumber out to move the pipes and install this sink....I should just have him add a new combined water faucet. Then I won't have to see him again for a while. I'm assuming this can be done as there are three holes in the piece. But still, that old faucet is so cute. What to do, what to do.

I should mention that the folks over at HelloHouse got me started on this new wall sink venture. And then FoxCroft followed this up with a nice photo op. of their open bathroom wall awaiting the plumber to install sink piping complete with all the details. Ah, there is nothing like learning from those who have already figured it all out :-)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Up Against the Wall

I found a new wall sink for my bathroom last week. A few of the local salvage places keep a pretty good supply, and one day last week I just decided to go get one. This way, it will be ready when I finally get around to working on the bathroom again.

Once upon a time, my house had a wall sink in the bathroom. At some point it was removed and a new sink was installed. The sink in my bathroom now is the $29 (I kid you not) model from Menards. It is a fine, two piece unit. Essentially a very shallow wall sink and a slide in platform.

It has taken to spontaneously cracking. You will be standing there brushing your teeth and all of a sudden you will hear a popping noise and a new crack will appear.

I really can't blame it. If I had been jacked up on this lovely wood platform, I'd probably spontaneously crack too.

I'm not sure what the thought process was on that. They wanted the sink higher but didn't want to raise the pipe and putting the sink on a little wood platform seemed the perfect solution? For some reason, it humors me that they took the time to sand the edges of that little plaform....and thought it would be there long enough that they needed to use pressure treated wood. I dunno. Why not just leave the sink an inch lower?

There were two sinks with possibility at the salvage place. Here is the one I bought for $45. It is an American Standard. It's actually smaller in dimension than my existing sink, yet the sink itself is larger. It is in excellent shape and cleaned up very well. The only drawback is that the faucet will need to be a 4" spread. For whatever reason, I seem to be drawn to the widespread faucets. It also does not have a backsplash, but it does have a cute little soap indentation and room for my "stuff."

Here was the runner up. I still have a voice in my head that is telling me that I should run back and get this one too. Just in case. It has a nifty little backsplash and an 8" spread for the faucet. Right now it has the separate hot & cold faucets, but it does have a center hole that runs all the way through. I checked. If its still there, I can get it for $15. I probably will go back and get it....I don't want this to be one of those "why didn't I...." things. Its not like one more thing stored in my basement is going to make a huge difference. Then in the end, I can donate whichever one I don't use back to the salvage place. I think I may be overthinking this.

I was a little concerned at first that when the P.O. tore out the plaster and drywalled the bathroom, they would have taken out the supports for the old wall sink. I was thinking that we would have to cut out the drywall and check and possibly add extra support. Patching drywall is not my thing. I was also wondering where in the heck I would find wall brackets.

Not a big thing once I got to considering it as I (by "I", I mean my plumber) will be replacing the existing pipe (it's truly gross) and moving it up an few inches and over a few inches. I'll also be pulling out the awful 1980's medicine cabinet and putting in the vintage one I found last summer. So, that wall is gonna be pretty much open whether I like it or not. As luck would have it, when I looked under the existing sink I realized it is a wall sink and is bracketed to the wall.

Now I need to hunt down those spiffy chrome wall sink legs.....

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