Monday, May 11, 2009

it does move down a hill, but so do dominoes

What started as a plan to replace a leaky washer in the bathroom sink ended with me sitting at the kitchen table across from a Romanian plumber, debating the costs/benefits of minimalist vs art deco design for the replacement sink. The 60 cent replacement washer has just gone up in price by a thousand-fold.

And I thought after my recent triumph of replacing the broken toilet handle with one trip to the hardware store, a four dollar part and two minutes of work that I was some kind of plumbing genius. I guess I really do need to know a little more than just shit flows downhill.

But why do I always end up with the plumber who used to be a designer?

14 comments:

Charlie said...

Because they (plumbers nee designers) know that you (you) don't know shit about bathrooms.

glassmeow said...

Uh oh... I dropped a sizeable paperweight into my bathroom sink a while back and well, the weight made it and the sink didn't. I'm finally getting round to getting a replacement sink. From the Rebuilding Center (recycled house parts) but will hire a plumber to install it. I hope he doesn't talk me into a new designer one :) Hell... I was only worried about visible plumber's crack before I read you :P

kelly said...

you could have used me. In the past year I replaced a dishwasher, hooked water up to the fridge, removed and installed 2 toilets, removed and installed 3 sinks and associated fixtures and removed and installed 1 soaker tub and associated fixtures. Now I have to move some of the sprinkler heads and install the drip portion of the sprinkler system.....Damn I sound handier than I actually am

Karen's Mouth said...

Yeah!! I'm with the Romanian guy. Rip out the lot, pop down to a reclamation yard and get yourself a full original art deco set. Probably yellow or pink - I'll leave that up to you. Lovely.

Volly said...

Oh, you know it was the accent that gotcha!!

"Look eento my eyes...you vant to upgrade your feeextures...I vant to suck your vallet!"

mister anchovy said...

thank you for providing the excellent diagram

Doc said...

These days, everyone is a "designer", even a shit-roller.

Doc

Barbara Bruederlin said...

While this is a very true statement, Charlie, I particularly like how you managed to fit the appropriate fecal reference into the observation.

No visible crack concerns here, as my plumber is very tidy and well-dressed, actually, Glassmeow. (He is a designer, after all.)
But has no one ever told you, my dear, paperweights have no place in the bathrooms of the land?

Why can't you live in my neighbourhood, Kelly? And no, I can't believe I just said that, either.

I'm more of a minimalist kind of gal, Kees, except I cannot afford it. Less is more, apparently.

That's almost word for word how the conversation went too, Volly. You have obviously dealt with Romanian plumber/designers in the past.

Now you can do your own plumbing design, Mr Anchovy, all thanks to me and my powers of stealing things off the internet.

It's true, Doc. I am such a designer myself, and I'll bet you are too.

Allison said...

Yes, why are these new minimal designs so much? I was aghast looking at appliance prices a while back. However, I do like those fancy sinks that sit on top of the counter...alas too spendy.

Remi said...

Everybody feels like a designer after spending too many hours watching HGTV.

Gifted Typist said...

To a hammer, everything looks like a nail. And to a plumber, everything looks like art deco stainless steel fixtures

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Far too spendy, Al, agreed. According to my plumber, it's a matter of production, not enough demand for the minimalist styles to have large production runs. Such is the downside of having exquisite taste.

Yeah, a designer who can rebuild a house in half an hour, Remi. I'd love to see what some of those places look like 3 months down the road.

And to a plumber everything also looks like "while we're at it, how about that crappy tub of yours", Gifted.

dguzman said...

Oh man, how many times have I been in that post-"I-fixed-it!" euphoria, only to be struck down at the height of my self-esteem by some other impossible problem!

Good luck with the Romanian.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I hear you, D! It's reality check that hits hard and mean.