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Old 12-12-2011, 08:44 AM   #1
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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!

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Old 12-12-2011, 11:29 AM   #2
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That's funny. Did you have the whole assembly on backwards to start with I assume?

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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
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It COULD have been an electrical job.
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all you had to do was the handle not the stem it connected to...i think 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
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all you had to do was the handle not the stem it connected to...i think 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
He tried that: then the water came on whichever way he turned it.
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Ok mabey one
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