That Sinking Feeling


Desperate to warn me of impending doom, the kitchen faucet went on the fritz. I’d turn it on, struggle with the sprayer, and shut it off—but it would continue to drip. To solve the problem, I’d just whack it a little harder when shutting it off the first time. Problem solved.

Nate, on the other hand, was not convinced. He said we needed to replace the faucet because the one we had was dripping.

When I showed him how to turn the faucet off, once and for all, by just performing a WWE piledriver move on it, Nate looked seriously concerned—for the sink.

I figured it was just one of those things we could live with—like the refrigerator that pees and the sliding glass door that swells in the summer and won’t budge. An extra tap on the faucet’s shut-off mechanism would be as easy as dropping your socks into the washing machine after you’ve stepped in refrigerator puddles because you just don’t feel like washing and drying them right now. They could wait until laundry day—whenever that might be.

Nate, to his credit, is a grab-the-faucet-by-its-sprayer kind of guy—and while he’s at it, he’s got a wrench and a box of tools—and Lowe’s is not far away.

In roughly three to four hours, Nate replaced our faucet. So, I don’t have any tips for replacing a faucet for a sink, but I do have some tips for recognizing a faulty faucet. These tips are based on Nate’s observations—and the faces he made when I said, “I didn’t really even notice—I mean. It dripped a little, but hey—nothing weird about that, right?”

Faulty Faucet Spotting:

–The faucet will drip/run when you shut it off.

–The soap dispenser stops working. (When Nate dismantled ours, there was a crack inside the part where the soap travels up to the top. It was the “straw” part or “tube,” I suppose.)

–Achieving a steady stream of water is increasingly difficult.

–Water pressure is all whacky.

–If you look into the nozzle (as Nate is wont to do), you’ll find mold. (I did not know this. I purposely try not to look into or under things.)

–The sink will rattle and moan. (I’m making this part up, but I notice the house is a little quieter since we replaced the faucet.)


–Avoid that sink and use a different one.

–Call Nate.

–If Nate is not available, place caution tape around that sink, so that other members in your house will be forced to clean the dishes in the bathtub. Draw a chalk outline of soap dispensers to reinforce the danger.

Your Turn: What’s a project you’ve tackled lately? What’s one that you’ll leave for “sometime later?”

16 thoughts on “That Sinking Feeling

  1. We had to get a new fridge, which is smaller than our old fridge. I’m trying to figure out how to best shop for fridgerated food, and how to utilize the oddly new spaces for storage.

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  2. I need a Nate. The door handle from the kitchen to the garage needs to basically be slammed down to make it open. Hubby said, if you pull it up, (it’s one of those lever handles) it opens easier. It does, if you remember to do this, but it’s only slightly easier.

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      1. Ah, yes. I remember that post. Fortunately, this door doesn’t have a lock attached to it. I’ll tell Hubby to replace the handle. That’s probably all it needs. I wonder when he’ll get around to it, though.

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