Allow me to start from the beginning.
I have a Delta Monitor 1400 Series Shower.
It's over 20 years old and had started leaking.
It's been leaking for about a month, but it has been a very small leak as if the water just wouldn't shut off all the way. It was leaking from the showerhead so I couldn't just plug it up with all the pressure that runs through it.
Well, ALL 3 toilets had started to wear in the tank and leak as well.
I replaced 1 of the 3 toilets some months ago which resolved that leak.
I turned off the water valve behind the toilet for the 2nd toilet since it's not used much.
And for the 3rd toilet, well, I simply let it drizzle the water because it was a really small amount.
Then I accidentally left my pool water on for hours. Still waiting to see that bill. (Ouch!)
However, I received an email from my water company notifying me that water had been running through my meter continuously for a few days as if there may be a leak somewhere on my property.
I did try to repair the toilets months back, but apparently, it was only band-aid repairs.
Well, after getting that email, I figured it was time to move those projects up my Priority To-Do List.
I watched YouTube videos on how to repair the shower and I went out and purchased a Chrome Universal Trim Kit for a Delta Shower. It pretty much came with a Handle, Chrome Hot/Cold Plate, and misc. hardware.
A part called the Cartridge was so lodged in the pipe, I thought it was part of the piping.
I did get frustrated and a bit concerned that I may do damage that would cost me hundreds of dollars so I called 1 plumber, but they aren't open on the weekend.
Called another plumber open 24/7, but they couldn't get to it until Wednesday.
Nope! I need it fixed now because not only am I wasting fresh water but money as well. It is also annoying to hear the drip drip of the water until I fall asleep.
So I installed the Trim Kit ($53.00), but as expected, the problem was in the Cartridge.
I watched the videos again and wondered why my cartridge wasn't coming out as easily as shown in the videos, but then I noticed there were cut scenes in some videos when removing the cartridge.
Not wanting to give up or spend between $200-$400 on this repair project if I utilized the services of a plumber, I returned to the project and FINALLY got the Cartridge removed without damaging other things.
I returned to Home Depot and purchased the new Cartridge ($65.98), as well as 2 NEW Toilets, returned home, and on the 1st attempt at the repair, I installed the part incorrectly, but with a slight adjustment, I got it to work as designed. I had to go downstairs to turn the water off to the house like 6 times...Geesh!
So, I have a working shower again without any leaking and it cost me $119.00 total for parts alone.
Still better than a plumber's price and it's the First NEW Skill learned in 2023.
I'll replace the other 2 toilets whenever I feel in the mood, which will probably be this coming week...LOL!
Road trip completed!
Bandit and I had an awesome time visiting Surrogate Family that lives in LA County.
Now to Medicate.
Steak, Rice, Iced Tea....Life Is Good!
I used to always have black and red, or black and blue hair when younger. People comments good comments on hair like that, but it hard to afford the dyes and keep it from fading. And guys don't seem to want to date girls with crazy hair.
Yeah, I can imagine the upkeep.
And hey, I'm a guy, I'll date girls with hair, just not crazy girls.....LOL!
Hmmm, did I break The Stream?
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