A bit of perserverance saves some serious cash

Before we left for DC on Friday, the shut off value for our tub/shower fell out of the spicket and into the tub. We were in a rush to get out of the house, so I used the other shower (which is in the middle of being recalked because water was leaking out). When we returned home, I was determined to fix this.

I did a bit of googling, but since I had no idea how to describe what had happened, it was a bit useless. I referred to a few books we have on simple repairs but didn’t see the type of faucet we have. I tried playing around with the pieces but couldn’t really figure out what was going on up there. I tried turning on the water a bit to see if  I could manually put the piece up there and get the water to divert. I just couldn’t see up there to see what was going on. Ah ha! I needed a mirror. I dismantled the makeup mirror I have in the master bathroom (I don’t wear makeup but I have a makeup mirror… do figure) and used the mirror to look up into the faucet. As soon as I saw the mechanism, everything clicked in my head. I put everything back together and I have a fully functional shower again!

Making that fix myself saved me from calling a plumber and a $100 repair bill. Thank God for the little fixes in life that I can manage myself. I always get a huge rush when I can fix something myself.

Have you ever completed a home repair yourself rather than calling a professional? How much did you save?