Even though I love the original movie Miracle on 34th Street, the advice given (which I always thought was great advice and applied to just about everything) didn’t help us this weekend. And when I say “us”, I really mean Matt. The super hero plumber/electrician/DIYer.
If you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Yep, I always believed that advice. And then we tried to add a disposal and dishwasher in our kitchen. (Again, when I say “we”, what I really mean is Matt) Let’s break it down real simple (because that is the only way I know how to talk about this stuff): The disposal has to be plugged into an outlet that attaches to a switch, the dishwasher has to be hard-wired into some electrical wires so it has power, and the pipes underneath the sink have to weave around and end up flowing all the water out through the same pipe. Sounds simple. It always does.
“We” started with adding an outlet under the sink so the disposal could be plugged in. This is where the advice from Miracle on 34th Street doesn’t help at all. Matt had to pull wires from the existing switch above the counter down through the walls and back out under the sink. Then attach the right wires to more wires so the outlet box worked. Well, it didn’t work. So he “tried and tried again” and it still didn’t work. I was at the pool, relaxing one more time for the summer, soaking up as much rays as possible and dipping my toes into the cool water. It was lovely. And my hubby was “trying and trying again” to make this outlet work. He tested it, then followed all the trouble-shooting directions, then tested it again. AND IT STILL DIDN’T WORK. This went on for about 4 hours. BLAH! I was frustrated for him when I got home from the pool, and I wasn’t the one having to deal with it for hours! So he took the outlet back to the store and exchanged it for a new one. And it worked as soon as he hooked it up. REALLY?!
Instead of “try, try again” he should have “gone to the store and bought a new one!” Much better advice in this case.
So step one (installing outlet and disposal) took much longer for obvious reasons stated above. BUT as of right now, we have a disposal that works and pipes that don’t leak under the sink! The space is all ready for the dishwasher too- there are just some more wire things to do.
Next up- getting those wires connected for the dishwasher, then putting the dishwasher under the counter, then adding siding to the exposed side of the dishwasher, then cleaning the floor, changing the faucet, painting the laundry room, hanging decorations in the kitchen, paint all interior doors, adding a ceiling fan to the master bedroom, painting master bathroom…. WHEW! One step at a time!