Amen and hallelujah, brother, yer' preachin' to the choir. Plumbing sucks.
I'll happily work on anything else in a house, including live electrical,
before I dick around with plumbing. It's the kind of thing that I don't do
often enough to get good at it, so the first few joints are always
troublesome. Usually, by the time I get to the last (i.e. the second)
joint, it goes really well, and I feel all proud. Then I turn on the water,
and the first one leaks, and there's woodpile words used in the house,
tossing of tools, gnashing of teeth, rending of garments and so on.
On a similar note, is it just me, or is "tight enough not to leak"
inevitably an RCH shy of "tight enough to break it"?