My parents have an expression, the "ten minute job".
This is where Mom wants Dad to do some thing or
other, typically a repair such as fix a drippy faucet.
She will describe it as a ten minute job. Dad knows
the threads are rotted, and the pipes will break, and
end up being two days and a plumber house call.
I was thinking that today. As I replaced faucet
washer in the bath tub faucets. Go turn off the
water, the knob handles don't have screws, I left
them out, the handles just press on. Still, they were
rotted, and took a lot of prying. The brass screws
in the center of the valve stem were rotted.
Strangely, I did haved the tools and supplies (00 flat
washers) and some plumbers grease. No trip to the
store for parts, which is really unusual for a ten minute
I'm both feeling accomplished, and nervous. The next
job will not go as well.
Christopher A. Young
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