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While searching online one night on Etsy I came up with the idea of changing out the faucet in the bathroom. I always come up with my ideas at night for some reason. All the sudden I just didn’t love the spray painted look. It looked really cheap to me. So after searching Etsy to no avail I went to Ebay. Well I found this one below and fell in love! Especially because of the handles! It’s also a solid brass fixture too!
It shipped very quickly and it arrived on a Saturday afternoon. I was so excited. I figured it wouldn’t be very hard to change things out. After all I had changed out the shower head with no issues it couldn’t be anymore than just unscrewing the old faucet and screwing in the new one right? WRONG! This doesn’t go to say that using a regular sticks and bricks faucet won’t work you just have to know what your doing. Which apparently I didn’t. So I unscrewed the old plastic faucet and put the new one in it’s place. I screwed everything back in. Obviously I had turned off the water during this time. And I will also preface this with, if your planning on doing this, to INSTALL A TURN OFF VALVE while your doing all this! It will make your life so much easier! Turn off valves allow you to turn the water off to a certain source instead of the whole rig being without water. When you read further you will see why that’s VERY important. Pictured below is an example although they come in different styles.
After screwing everything in tightly I went and turned the water back on. I came back in to water spraying everywhere! I ran back outside and turned off the water. Thinking I hadn’t screwed everything in properly I unscrewed it all and screwed it back in. Note: There is something called Cross Threading. <—- This link I just wrote will explain in a YouTube video what cross threading is and how to avoid doing it. VERY important!!!
I tried turning the water back on and checked again, still leaking and spraying everywhere. So after that I spent the rest of Sunday (Feb 11th) with hubby outside turning the water on and off while trying to figure out what the problem was. After all day I couldn’t figure out for the life of me what was going on. At this point hubby was letting me work on the project myself. After all I am the one who ordered the new faucet. So long story short we kept the water off all week. I spent so much time visiting the local Ace hardware trying to find a solution for this issue which was driving me insane. I got to know the staff at Ace really well too.
During this time I came back from one of my multiple daily visits and came in to hear an odd sound. I finally narrowed it down to the microwave. Well apparently with all the power outages we’ve encountered since moving into the park (PG&E issues, not the parks) we figured maybe it had gotten fried. It was making a static type noise. When I turned the breaker off it would stop so we knew it was the microwave. So on top of the plumbing issue our microwave went out. So we had no water, and no way to warm anything back up except on the stove top. We spent all week without water because the park has bathrooms with showers and we used those. If I needed water to cook with or wash dishes I would go outside to the second faucet that was next to our site and fill up bowls of water. It was a mess. Longest week of my life! Ugh…. Some photos from the havoc having no running water reeked!
Here is Michael installing the kitchen faucet. I still don’t know how he fit in there! lol
And toward the end this seriously about killed me! I could use the water faucet outside but the water was SO cold and I had to squat down to clean them all! This was taken after I had already brought a styrofoam container outside full of dishes and hand washed them in the cold water faucet outside.
Then to add to this mess on Friday (Feb 17) we wound up having some horrible wet, windy weather. Not typical of this area in CA. They haven’t seen this much rain in 20 years according to the locals. So what happens? The power goes out! Early in the morning. We had propane for the fridge to run on and cook with but that was it. Toward the middle of the day we got SO bored and wanted to charge our phones so we decided to take a drive to the big Goodwill in Salina’s. Well on a good day at the right time it can take up to 30 min to get there. It’s just a VERY large Goodwill. The others are very small. Well we hit the town after driving through traffic cause by traffic light outages and everything was closed! We were diverted many times from going down certain roads due to flooding or downed tree’s. We got 0.7 miles away from Goodwill. Figured we would at least see if they were open since we had drove so far. And the road was closed due to down tree’s. Ugh…So back home we trekked. The only place service food that was open was Burger King so we stopped in because we were starving. It took forever to get our food cause it was so packed. We came back home, walked the dogs, and I went to use the bathroom up the hill at the park. The lights turned on when I came in like they are supposed to but I figured since they were on a timer maybe they were on a backup power source as well. I went to dry my hands under the dryer and it came on. Again I was surprised at this. By the time I got back down to the rig we had power again! Praise the Lord!
As far as the microwave problem goes I found one exactly like what we already had for $115. Shipping was $50 but I didn’t care. We decided we couldn’t go any further without having a microwave along with our plumbing issue. So I ordered one and the new one came within several days of ordering. It was SO easy to install, just unscrewed the old one, pulled it out, plug in the new one and slide it in then screwed it in. Wa-la! I didn’t realize how much we used our microwave until we didn’t have it. So if you ever need a replacement microwave I recommend Burnestine’s Distributing! They do really well with giving you tracking information and quick shipping! And a quality product! Although we got the same microwave it was actually the newer version of it. Which was a nice surprise.
OK……. So back to the plumbing problem this post is supposed to be about. lol In the process of ordering the new microwave I told Michael I also wanted a new kitchen faucet. Ours had been leaking for some time and wasn’t pushing out water the same way. It was just the cheap plastic ones that they install normally. So it didn’t surprise me that it went out before it was 2 years old. So I found THIS one on Amazon. Does that surprise you?
So what’s the difference your probably wondering? Other than that one piece that comes out. Well watch the video below. You will see why I wound up loving the style on the left even more than what I had originally wanted.
So to make a long story short, I won’t go into all the trials and error’s I made trying to figure out what to do to stop the leaks we were having. What seemed like a brilliant idea popped into my head. I remembered a girlfriend of mine who had renovated their RV told me about something called Shark Bites. They are pretty much the bomb! Used correctly, they are a handy man’s quick fix to plumbing issues. They require no knowledge of the workings of plumbing fixtures at all. Just cut the PEX line and pop on the Shark Bite. It’s that easy. They can come off with a special tool that you can buy separately. Problem is you can only unattach them one or two times before they just don’t work anymore and you’ve pretty much broken the seal. They are kinda expensive too but cheaper than a plumber. Typical cost is about $10 a piece. They sell them at hardware stores like Lowes, Home Depot or Ace. As you can see in the pic below there were some we couldn’t get off because I had put too short of a piece of PEX pipe in between two pieces. NOTE: Make sure to use a long enough piece of PEX line when installing these! Do NOT put really short pieces in between them or else they won’t properly connect and will leak! Don’t ask me how I know this!
Also a website we went by when installing our kitchen faucet was THIS post from Happiest Camper. It was really helpful. Especially the part about getting the adapters for attaching the hot and cold water lines to the PEX rv water lines. They also have a lot of other great information on their blog so make sure to check them out!
So here are before and after pictures of the bathroom faucet. I actually forgot to take a before picture in the main bathroom so I took a shot of the second bathroom faucet. That is why the backsplash will look different in each picture.
So what do you think of the changes? Like them? Don’t like them? Did this post help you at all? Leave me a comment below.