Thursday, January 31, 2019

DIY Industrial faucet

COLD doesn't come close to describing the weather. I woke up to 0° this morning but my car is clean and my cottage feels like any other morning. I'm sure my gas bill will reflect that next month. My furnace rarely turns on in the night but my radiators were hot when I got out of my cozy bed. 
My kitchen faucet is leaking from the base and I dread calling a plumber. I shall wait until spring since I know I need two new outside spigots that were not used last summer due to dripping. I hope my third one doesn't need replacing as well, due to this deep freeze.
Anyway, I like the looks of this faucet made from plumbing parts. It would be nice in a laundry room or a sink in a potting shed or an outside kitchen near the grill. via


Claire said...

My daughter owns a hardware store and is always making things from plumbing parts. She will love this!

jusaweecatnap said...

Why don't you try fixing the leaks yourself. I happened to marry a man who has zero diy and repair skills. My father had the ability to figure out how to fix almost anything, so it came as a shock when I realized my DH wouldn't and couldn't do any house repairs. So I took it upon myself to learn how to do them myself. Some plumbing jobs are quite manageable. I had an outside faucet that leaked all winter. Turns out it was the inside cut off valve that leaked. I cut the pipe on both sides of the old valve (easy) and put a new SharkBite valve in. Pretty easy--no soldering. I was lucky to get advice from a kind salesman at HD. Put in a new kitchen faucet and sink, too. Sometimes a leak is just a matter of tightening a nut or replacing a washer. Worth a try. Plumbers are expensive. Better to save their skills for the complicated stuff.

Content in a Cottage said...

Claire -- Maybe your daughter can put one together for display and bundle the parts together and sell as a kit. That would be a fun project.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

Justaweecatnap -- You inspired me to try my faucet repair. I got out my plumbers wrench but could not budge to polished chrome nut I thought I should tighten. I decided to vinegar soak the area where the water was leaking up and out where the faucet is attached. I have very hard water and I could see a mineral buildup. I wrapped the area with folded paper towels soaked in vinegar and attached with a rubber band. The next morning I scrubbed the area with barkeepers friend and a toothbrush. Then I sprayed it with WD40. It's much better now and I can live with it until something drastic happens.
Thanks again.
xo, Rosemary