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dougp23 12-12-2011 08:44 AM

Boneheaded Move
 
I had to share this, and maybe others can chime in with other "I can't believe I did that" stories.

Redid the sink in the bathroom, fixed the leaky faucet. I'm all proud!
But my wife points out that to run the cold water, the handle needs to go counter clockwise, towards the mirror, where it hits. Should be going clockwise towards the opening of the sink.

No biggie, I go in there with my tools. I'm just going to remove the handle, no need to shut off the water. I pull off the handle, I look, and if I set the handle down only half way, water will run when moving it in either direction! Easy, I will just remove the nut holding this white "thing" that the handle attaches too, turn it 180 degrees, reset it down, and I'll be all set.

Remove the nut, and I have about one second before.....

WHOOSH! Water is hitting the ceiling, lol! (never knew I had such good water pressure). I hit the floor and reach under the sink and shut off the valve.

All in all, a good time, my clothes got washed with me wearing them, the floor got a washing, even the ceiling got cleaned.

I guess the motto is, no matter how small the project, shut the water off, lol!

titanoman 12-12-2011 11:29 AM

That's funny. Did you have the whole assembly on backwards to start with I assume?

dougp23 12-12-2011 12:37 PM

I assume I did! What's weird is the assembly fits in perfectly, 180 degrees in either direction. So sit it in one way, and yes your handle functions backwards. Sit it in the other way, and it functions forwards.

I had a split second where, before I loosened the nut, I thought "wait a minute", but nnnoooooo

Willie T 12-12-2011 12:37 PM

It COULD have been an electrical job.

biggles 12-12-2011 12:39 PM

all you had to do was the handle not the stem it connected to...i think:huh: and you flip it in the closed position then slip the handle back on at the 9oclock position looking down onto the fixture...i think:huh:

titanoman 12-12-2011 12:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by biggles (Post 792088)
all you had to do was the handle not the stem it connected to...i think:huh: and you flip it in the closed position then slip the handle back on at the 9oclock position looking down onto the fixture...i think:huh:

He tried that: then the water came on whichever way he turned it.

Big Stud 12-12-2011 03:02 PM

I have never made a mistake :whistling2:


Ok mabey one :yes:

PoleCat 12-12-2011 05:04 PM

Bone headed moves are the foundation of my extensive education.

titanoman 12-12-2011 05:08 PM

As long as we learn from our mistakes, there's hope for us all. No wonder I learn something new everyday.


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