“I thought “How hard can it possibly be to change a faucet?” Stanley said, with a sheepish look on his face. “We’re doing this renovation project and I’m trying to do as much of the work as possible myself. So when it came time to take the kitchen sink out and replace it I thought, “I’ve got this.”
Replacing the kitchen sink turned out to be more complicated than changing a faucet. “I never really thought about the drain part of the equation,” he said. “So I got the sink out of there, and all of a sudden there’s this mess coming from the garbage disposal. It went all over the place and really stunk. So my wife wasn’t happy with that. And then when it came time to put in the new sink, nothing lined up. I tried forcing the old pipes over to fit, but that wasn’t happening. I wrestled with that all weekend, and then I had to get back to work. So we had no sink in the kitchen for a week. And then we had a wedding that next weekend, and after that, my wife said, “Forget this!” and called our NYC plumber.”
KNOW WHEN TO SAY WHEN: IS THAT PLUMBING PROJECT REALLY DIY?
Home renovations are exciting, and they can be a lot of fun. But you also have to be realistic about what you know how to do. If you’re learning a new skill, such as installing plumbing fixtures, think about what it will be like for your family members to live in that space without the plumbing in place while you learn. Going without a kitchen sink for a day is not such a big deal. Going without one for more than a week is a very big deal.
When time is tight and you need to keep your family happy, choosing to have your NYC plumber handle new fixture installation, sprinkler repairs, gas line and appliance installation and similar projects can save you a lot of stress.