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Anyway, because I've been a bit of a Debbie Downer on LJ recently I thought I'd share what's pretty much my one and only recent triumph. But that Debbie Downer stuff is pretty much the reason I've been mostly avoiding LJ - really I think I've bitched enough.
(And, okay, it's not exactly my only recent trimuph, because I finally finished filling out a job application online (or taking that pesky testing part anyway) even though it shouldn't have been possible on my poor little dial-up connection. Well, that and updating a couple of my fanfic WiPs one that hadn't seen an update in about a year and the other which hadn't seen an update in almost two years.)

Anyway, I believe I mentioned a couple of leaky faucets in the break-down entry - if not basically two of the sink faucets in my house had started leaking, which meant they needed fixing.

So, on Monday I fixed my leaky kitchen faucet! And by fixed I mean replaced. That's right, I did that.

Though to be fair a plumber might have made less of a mess, because, well, when one turns the water off one doesn't expect things to drip water, or at least I didn't. So, because a hose (though I guess it's called a pipe, but it looked like a hose to me) dripped quite a bit when I unscrewed it there was more then a little water that needed to be cleaned up after finishing. Now if I'd actually hired a plumber they'd have probably seen that coming and wouldn't have gotten water everywhere.

However, a plumber might not have been totally equipped to help me in this instance anyway, because the wood under the old faucet (in the kitchen) was rotted, so I didn't just have to install a new faucet, I had to find (and water-proof, and cut the holes in) a piece of wood to put under the removed faucet before I could put the new one in/on. Now admittedly I did not fix the wood - dad did that. He has lots of scrap wood and he painted (treated) it with something, and made the holes. I basically just laid it under where the faucet would be, and used the window over the sink (and the edge of the sink itself) to wedge it in, and then caulked the ever-lovin' shit all around it.
(But it's not leaking and it's working properly, so YAY me!)

But after all that I discovered something interesting/weird, so now I'm wondering if there is a plumber around who could maybe explain what happened - not with the kitchen sink, but with the bathroom sink.

You see, to do the fixin' in the kitchen the water to the house had to be turned off for awhile. And turns out there is no cut-off valve, so I had to go street-side to cut the water to the house. It was off about four/five hours, and I decided after finishing the kitchen I'd wait until the next day to do the bathroom - what? I'm kinda lazy sometimes. So I turned the water to the house back on, and my bathroom faucet has not leaked once since the water was turned back on. It was leaking even faster then the kitchen before I turned the water off... So, why/how did turning the water off actually stop a leaky faucet?

So, yeah, not exactly a big win, but small wins are better then no wins.
Switching off the water took all the pressure off the pipes and the like so the metal of the pipes will have contracted a bit and shifted a minute amount, when putting the pressure back on the pipes will move again a little and expand and all that movement might have fixed the leak. :)

Win good!

*hugs* :)

I'm hoping now that my mood is slightly improved that maybe that'll lead to other wins. Though it's hard to forget that if I don't get the big win soon (a job) then I might be totally and completely screwed sooner rather then later.