Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
kevin_standlee

Fernley House Has Everything, Including...

...the kitchen sink, finally. Over four years after we bought the house, we finally have working plumbing in the kitchen.

The Kitchen Sink

When we first bought the house, the most urgent fix of all was to get the broken joists under the kitchen repaired. While this was going on, the workers ended up removing most of the pipes to the kitchen sink area. The original kitchen fixtures were so badly corroded that we were going to have to replace them anyway. Well, what with having a working kitchen in the travel trailer, replacing the kitchen plumbing was not the most urgent fix. Even when we got a hot water heater in the house (that took a while, too), what we did was to declare one of the two bathrooms the dish-washing room, since we had another working bathroom on the ground floor.

With the repairs not being urgent, the priority became to do the replacements well, the way Lisa wanted them. Among the things she wanted was a restaurant-type rinse faucet. The ones we'd priced in plumbing showrooms were not only very expensive, but also not as sturdy as what Lisa wanted. We went to RESCO Restaurant Supply Company in Reno and found this T&S commercial-grade faucet, made in the USA, and very sturdy. Lisa put the faucet in place and we called our plumber.

There turned out to be quite a few hiccups along the way between getting the fixtures and having the kitchen sink back. For example, the garbage disposal turned out to need replacing. (That was a relatively easy replacement from Home Depot.) The sink strainer (the fitting that covers the hole and attaches to the drain pipe) was also corroded away. Lisa was unhappy with every single replacement in every store in Fernley and Reno/Sparks being cheap stamped metal made in China. Eventually, we found on eBay a nice and strong-feeling sink strainer made by the Frost Company of Kenosha, Wisconsin (long gone, it appears; their plant is on the EPA Superfund list). It feels twice the weight of the cheap pot-metal stuff in the box stores, and we anticipate it should never need replacing while we live here. (And it hardly cost more than the cheap Chinese junk on the shelf in the stores.)

Our plumber, Steve from Marraccini Plumbing, has been out several times in the past three months working on getting the pipes running up to the kitchen. Lisa instructed Steve that, because the sink has the space for an additional faucet, she wanted feed lines available even though they're not immediately being used. Lisa can put in new faucets when she finds what she likes. Today Steve came and spent a good chunk of the day reconnecting the sink and drains, including the garbage disposal and dishwasher. There is still some residual clean-up work that needs doing, and he'll be back next week to finish that, but now, for the first time since we moved in, we can finally use the kitchen sink. And we get the forward bathroom back as a full-blown bathroom as well.

This evening I started moving the drain racks and cleaning supplies from the forward bathroom into the kitchen. I don't think I've ever been so happy to be doing the dishes.
Tags: house, lisa, plumbing
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