We have two bathrooms: one main bathroom (ie, the one with actual space) and the “master bathroom” (squeezed in on the side of our bedroom and the back of the other bathroom).
The main bathroom has a faucet that has had an increasingly bad drip. It’s now actually a steady stream of water — growing steadier by the week.
I’ve tried tightening the faucet head screws. Did nothing.
I tried replacing the faucet head. But the cold water one is stuck tight.
I then tried to use penetrating oil to get the thing off — and yes, I’m aware of how dirty that sounds. Point is, it didn’t work and I’ve tried about six times now.
I also tried getting under the sink to potentially loosen then replace the faucet. But the water shut-off valves underneath are also rusted into the on position. (And, again, penetrating oil did nothing.) And I figure the faucet is probably stuck in place from rust, too.
So I called a plumber. Again. To do something that I should (rust notwithstanding) be able to do myself.
That also meant going and getting a faucet. And since I didn’t want a cheap one that dripped, we went mid-range to a $52 one. Gah.
My mom taught me to be handy and try to fix things myself. But I do not feel handy, and I cannot fix things myself.
I know, logically, that I was at least vaguely handy, in that I *tried* to fix it myself, which is, I suppose, more than some people would.
I tried to replace the faucet in the guest house myself, but the sucker was stuck fast. (Do we see a pattern here?)
My mom would (and probably will) say that what matters is that you attempt to fix it yourself, and call an expert if you get to a point where you can’t do it yourself.
The thing is, I come from a long line of handy folks. So this just feels like a failure. By the way, I’m not discounting the fact that I’m a depressive, so things often feel worse/more shameful than they are.
But dammit, this is my house. I want to be able to take care of it — and not just by shopping online for deals that someone else can install.
Speaking of which, I’m off to pick up our order from Lowe’s, which we purchased through Mr. Rebates for 3% cash back. Sometimes, ya gotta go with your strength.