Readers on this blog might know that it was four years ago this summer that I was in the full throes of the search for my first home, which I bought at the end of October, 2009. I didn’t want, nor would the VA appraisers approve, a house that wasn’t move-in ready. Even though the house was about 25 years old, it was in good shape and built solid. However, since moving in I have replaced the refrigerator and dishwasher, and last summer’s heat forced a new AC to be installed.
Still there are small jobs to be done for the upkeep of the house. I don’t mind doing many of these tasks myself like painting or replacing window panes, but when it comes to dealing with most water problems (fortunately, there have been few in the four years I’ve had the house), I’d rather leave them to someone with more experience, as I’m afraid I’ll end up with some bigger mess.
Therefore, when I found I had a little leak coming out from under the dishwasher a couple of weeks ago, I just turned the water off under the sink. I didn’t really think it was the dishwasher itself, but that it was a leak from the hose to it or the one to the refrigerator. It didn’t don on me at the time that I had turned off the cold water valve, which goes to the fridge, and that the hot one going to the dishwasher was still open. Anyway, I thought that whatever the problem was, the dishwasher would have to be pulled out to get to the hose and I wasn’t sure I wanted to deal with that. For about 10 days, I just washed dishes by hand and drank the awful tasting water from the faucet.
This past week when I had some vacation days, I called John Moore (Houston plumbing/AC/electrical repair service company). They advertise a lot on TV and offer to come to your house and give a free estimate. The repairman came first thing Tuesday morning, and he did a little looking under the dishwasher and said the leak was coming from the hose to the refrigerator, and said he would give me an estimate. He went out to the truck for quite awhile and came back with a printout that said $729. I said “no” that wasn’t going to work for me, and he said that they weren’t the cheapest in town but they did good work. I had never imagined an estimate anywhere near that high.
The one thing that I learned from him was which hose had the leak. Now I can’t believe I was that naive; just lack of experience mostly. Since the problem wasn’t something urgent, I decided it could wait, and maybe I could find a more reasonable plumber. Then I got to thinking about it and looking at where the hoses went through the cupboards and decided the hose from the fridge could go under the dishwasher instead of behind it, so I wouldn’t have to pull it out.
I got a new hose from Sears for $22 and a couple of connectors from the hardware store for $10 and fixed it myself this morning in about 1 1/2 hours (that’s even including time to check me emails, watch a bit of “Judge TV”, and make a run to the hardware store). I had to drill new holes at the back of the cabinets, but the hardest thing was threading the hose–I straightened out a coat hanger and attached a copper wire loop at the end to maneuver and pull the hose under the dishwasher, between the cabinets, and through the new holes I had drilled. I had to get down on the floor in all different positions to do it, so I guess that was the $700 of labor.
Anyway, so far there are no leaks and now have my cold water and ice back. I feel pretty good for being able to complete the task myself, but even better for not letting myself get ripped off!
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