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Old 08-11-2012, 05:36 PM   #1
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In this bathroom there are two sinks and on both the handles are placed incorrectly. See first picture (and please ignore the wallpaper debris all over the place). They weren't this off to begin with, they have shifted quite a bit over time. Also, the turn the wrong way. As in, how you would normally pull this handle towards you, you push it backwards towards the wall for water flow. Cold and hot are correct.
So, as for second picture, what all do I have to detach to fix this? I am assuming I can unhook some things and hook it in correctly. If it were
My logic alone here, I would think the nut that is flush with the underside of the sink.

As a second question, the forth picture is some "damage" I noticed in the underside of the bowl. Pitted chips maybe? Any thoughts? Does this need to be addressed?
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Old 08-11-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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The faucet handle need to be removed---then the chrome trim will unscrew----the nuts below are to adjust the height for different thicknesses of counter tops.

Loosening the lower nut might help you grab the chrome nut above.

Original installer got the valves on the wrong side of the spout.

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All sinks have flaws on the bottom of them, should be no reason to worry.
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The faucet handle need to be removed---then the chrome trim will unscrew----the nuts below are to adjust the height for different thicknesses of counter tops.

Loosening the lower nut might help you grab the chrome nut above.

Original installer got the valves on the wrong side of the spout.
I figured they were installed on the wrong side.

As for screws to remove the handles I can't find any!?! They are pretty seamless.
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All sinks have flaws on the bottom of them, should be no reason to worry.
The biggest reason I was concerned is because every time I touch it a bit more chips off. Working under the sink is causing flakes from the bowl to fall on me.
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Ok I'm blind. On the underside of the faucet handle there is the teensiest-tiniest hole which looks like it needs the teeniest-tiniest Allen wrench. Smaller than what I've got anyway. Grrr...
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if its a delta rotating the stems 180 degrees will reverse the on-off rotation.
the ones i used to install were factory set for knobs, if you used levers you had to change one of the stems so it would rotate the right direction.
the hot and cold valve bodies need to be rotated so they both face the same direction.

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At this point I'm ready for outhouses. Bah! Plumbing!

So I finally got the right tool and got the handle off. I still had to take apart everything underneath anyway, and it took two friggin people. How do people do this stuff by themselves?

After getting about 3/4 of the way through one sink, my Aunt pipes up and says, "oh yeah, my two sinks are like that too!"
*smacks forehead*

I'm a pretty exacting person and when I was under the sink with my husband promising me the handle was parallel only to stand up and realize it wasn't, I quit for the night.

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As annoying as this stuff is, I am secretly loving it!!!
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I had someone ask me one day "how did you know how to fix my screw up so fast" I replyed you have no idea how many times I've messed up and had to fix my own mistakes. The older you get the better you get at it.

We've all done it. I've been in a hurry, removed the trap under the sin to clean it out and dump the water in the same sink I just removed the trap from. Duhh.
Go to install a new ext. door that I know is the exact same size and find out it's 3/4" to high and is hitting the header. I had fogotten to remove the 3/4" piece of wood on the bottom of the door protecting the threshold in shipment.

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