Someone commented the other day on my bathtub drain installation saying I could give him pointers as he remodels his new foreclosure condo. I responded that I very much could especially since I had made all the mistakes on every project I have completed. My home-improvement projects are a lot like my life.
Tonight was no exception.
After work at the marina, I set about adjusting the hot water valve in the recently fixed and update main bathroom shower. When I first turned it on, it was just lukewarm. This would not do - I'm a woman - I like my showers nearly scalding. It's a known fact.
I asked friend and plumber Chuck what could be done. He said he could come over again and adjust the valve inside the handle. I said "isn't this something I can do?" He said sure but didn't tell me how - to be fair, I was working and busy and neither of us really had time.
Google and YouTube to the rescue - again.
Mistake No. 1: I didn't watch the entire video, which included my particular model second, before I started taking the handle apart. I took it apart about two steps too many. I figure it's a learning device - I now know what the rest of the insides look like. Ha ha.
|This is where I should have stopped - at the valve that needs adjusting|
|I stopped here|
I only had to remove the screw again on the handle and adjust the ring again. Then success! Hot hot water - I put the handle cover back on and voila!
A 5-minute project that took me 45 minutes. It's par for the course. But I did it and I feel pretty damn good about that.
Time to take shower.