Friday, October 12, 2007

Installing a faucet: Part two

We've been wanting to replace the bathroom fixtures in our two bathrooms almost since we moved in. The old ones were, well, old. And ugly. They were so ugly that they made the whole bathroom look bad. You probably know the style I'm talking about. It's the default, 20-buck faucet that everyone has at one point in their life:

So we picked up some sweet new faucets (one for each bathroom) at Costco. Of course at Costco.

The responsibility of actually installing the faucet fell on my shoulders. That should give you some idea of how insanely busy Jeremy is these days.

So I headed off to Lowe's, Miriam in tow, to pick up a few of the parts we'd need. Why Lowe's and not Home Depot? There are three reasons. First, Home Depot wasn't here when we first moved in and were doing tons of little home fix-ups, so we got used to going to Lowe's. Second, Lowe's is marginally closer to our house (by one block. Home Depot is across the street). Finally, for a task like this I needed customer service, and Home Depot doesn't have any.

Still, I was nervous about approaching a salesperson for help. The last thing I needed was to look like some novice housewife with a toddler who had never done this before and was essentially clueless about the process. The problem is, that is exactly what I was. So I swallowed my pride and got some help from a friendly Lowe's employee. Next thing I knew, we were walking out to the car with everything we needed. I was feeling especially empowered and hopeful.

Coming up next: those feelings I just mentioned? They change.

(Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)


Crissy Bear said...

Haha...we currently have those ugly faucets. I'm waiting to see how your experience turned out before I even think about changing them. I to go to Lowes but my reasons are because I hold bitter feelings toward everyone else. When I was looking for the square tomato cages a few summers ago, Home Depot, Prairie Fields, Maynards were all sold out. The last store I went to was Lowes and I found them right I have a bias.

Liz Johnson said...

I love Costco, as you already know. And I agree that, especially considering their commercials about all those friendly customer service people in the orange aprons, you can NEVER find anybody to help you in there.

sarah said...

i am biased to home depot, but only because i used to work at lowes. :) lowes does have much better customer service though. and another thing about lowes you might not know, if you complain loud enough about anything you can pretty much get whatever you want.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

We still have the 20-buck version in our house after 23 years here, except I think back then they actually cost ten bucks. Guess we've had our use out of them. Perhaps your next segment will inspire me to put in new ones?? I'm on the edge of my chair.

Mikael said...

haha, we have that nerdy faucet in our apartment. I am SOOO sick of nerdy apartment stuff, I wish I could get new faucets and new lighting and a new kitchen etc.... that is fun that you get to do that!

Bridget said...

Mom, that may be so, but Oregon's water doesn't have all the hud in it that Tucson's nasty water does. So not only were the fixtures themselves never very pretty, they were all crudded up with buildup and such that wouldn't come off, no matter how hard I scrubbed, or with what chemicals. It was all inside those beautiful plastic-crystal handles, too.


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