Gray Flannel Dwarf

8/27/2002

The costs of homeownership

[Not to be confused with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship]

Sweaty, smelly, and covered in grime, I have now completed my first quasi-major home repair. The disposal under my kitchen sink had been making a rattling sound recently, but I didn’t expect it to die so soon, as it managed to do, Monday night. After talking with a co-worker who’s given me a lot of other advice as of late, and who has done such a repair himself, I decided to give it a shot.

It’s really not all that hard. Well, okay… two parts were extremely tough, simply due to the nature of the beast, fighting gravity to get the bracket secured to the sink and the disposal secured to the bracket. But in basic, stripped down physics terms, it was easy, with about six to eight bolts, two tubes, and two wires to (dis)connect,

It took me bits and pieces of nearly 2 1/2 hours to replace it. Again, most of that time was trying to get those two aforementioned key parts in place. Now, a plumber probably could have done it in half that time, but this also means I probably saved myself near $100+ in doing it myself.

I had a minor drippy thing going on before, but I think I had a plastic washer in there that wasn’t necessary. After removing it, I don’t seem to be having any more problems. My last test should be next time I run the dishwasher, making sure the water makes its way into the disposal, and not the bucket below. Also, I am hoping my efforts with the plumbing putty turn out to be at least marginal.

All of this was done after lifting weights today for only the second time in recent weeks. My arms are gonna hate me tomorrow… but all in all, it was well worth the effort.


cswiii @ 12:37 am

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