Plumbing sucketh, verily. (updated x2)
Submitted by Damien on
Just to mention it, plumbing sucks. Last night I discovered that there was a slow leak on the sprayer for our kitchen's sink - no idea how long it had been there but there was visible damage in the cabinet under the sink. The leak was happening because an o-ring was wearing out on the sprayer attached to the faucet/tap, so after dinner I went to Home Depot to get a new o-ring. While there I picked up a small box of multiple sizes, figuring it might save me a trip some other time. Once I got home home I checked the different sizes, only to discover that the one size the box did not have was size I needed. So this morning I get up early to go to a small mom-n-pop hardware store down the road and they're out of the o-ring size I need ("I went through them a while ago and put in an order for more.." gah). I go down the road further to another hardware store and they didn't have o-rings with the same nomenclature, so I used my phone to find the dimensions I needed and grabbed one that fit the description. Took it home and it didn't fit, it was too small. So now I have to go back to Home Depot at lunchtime and hope they too haven't ran out of the size I need. Damnit.
Oh, and why don't have I the original washer to compare against? Because it went flying across the kitchen when I was taking it off and I wasn't able to find it.
Update: So, went to Home Depot, they had a small box of o-rings the size I needed, I bought it, went home, got to the kitchen and asked our son (who had bagged the small box) where the box was, and it was nowhere to be found. We checked the car, checked the path from the car to the house, checked the house - it's gone. Dagnamit. So I'll have to go back again.
Update #2: So.. After dinner I took Kian to the store to ask if anyone had found a small box of o-rings around the cash registers, they hadn't but they were very nice and gave be a replacement box. Got home with them and... they didn't fit, they were too thick to fit. So I called the store to ask if there was another size of o-ring that was a similar diameter but thinner, and after five minutes on hold decided to just drive back. After rooting around I found what seemed like it might work, bought it, put it in the bag and made sure I still had it in my bag when I got to the car, got home and - tadaa, it fits!
So after three days we finally have a fully working sink again! Yay!
Now to hire someone to fix the cabinet.