As a service to my readers, I feel it is my obligation to inform them of the stupid mistakes I make. That way, perhaps I can save everyone from experiencing the aggravation I have felt. It seems I am constantly making one error in judgment or another so I have even created a category called, “Tip of the Day.” Sad but true…
Moving along to today’s tip: Do not put off repairs. That will only turn around and bite you in the backside. Remember my dishwasher tale yesterday? I thought the four hour delay was the worst of it. It was not.
A while back… Fine, more like seven years ago, there was a tiny leak under the kitchen sink. In a flash of brilliance I wrapped electrician’s tape around it to stop the leak. That plan worked and I promptly forgot about the leak and my “temporary” repair.
This shiny new pipe was put in at around 9 p.m. last night. You see, when the Professional Diswasher Installer Men tried to attach the new fittings for the new dishwasher to the old, taped up pipe, the pipe sorta broke. My husband and son in-law went out to the local hardware superstore at 8 p.m. to find pipe, fittings, and a hack saw.
By some bizarre miracle, the installer guys had their last appointment cancel on them (gee, couldn’t be the fact that they were now something like 12 hours behind) so they came back here to complete the job rather than leaving us without a dishwasher and a kitchen sink.
The moral of this story: If you fix a pipe with electrician’s tape, don’t leave it like that for seven years. Get a plumber in to fix the pipe, preferably within a week.
P.S. There is still some sort of leak under the kitchen sink (unrelated to the dishwasher) but I have learned my lesson. A plumber is coming first thing Monday morning.