Screws. Oh man, I don’t even like that word right now. Typing it out even hurts my feelings. It’s just too much of a sore subject. Remember when I shared our June Hopes and told you that we needed an operational shower before the baby came? And then I mentioned that we had hit a little road block but everything would be okay? Well, it has been… sort of… until it wasn’t. This shower faucet has given us some fits, let me tell ya! But it isn’t actually the faucet, it has been “operator errors”. Here’s the one we are using in walk-in shower. (Click on the photo for a direct link to the product).
Here’s the deal. When J.C. installed our shower plumbing, he used a little template that came with the shower kit to make sure that everything would be in the right spot once the shower tile was installed. That was really important because once you tile a wall, you don’t want to have to tear it out because something isn’t right. Well… I’m sure you can see where this is headed. Bless his heart, he was trying!
Once we paid to have all of the tile installed we dug out the box of parts that needed to be installed to finish everything up and realized that the shower pipes were sticking too far out of the wall… like by a couple of inches.
And guess what? They were secured to a two by four behind the new tile job. You can sort of see it in the photo above. So, that meant that we couldn’t just easily “fix” the issue. J.C. did figure out that we could indeed get the job done though. Thank the Lord.
So, he took a drill bit and drilled and chiseled and got it done. Then we were good to go… except we weren’t. We realized that were missing a screw. The screw that secured the plate to the wall. We HAD TO HAVE THAT SCREW!!!! And it was gone. I know who lost it but I’m not naming names. Ok, that isn’t entirely true but it doesn’t matter either way. It was lost and that’s all there is to it. We ended up finding another screw that would work and I felt so good about the whole situation.
We got home, installed the screw and were basically home free… until we weren’t! J.C. was trying to put on the last piece, the handle that turns that shower on and off, and dropped the set screw into the shower drain. I wasn’t in the bathroom with him at the moment but knew what he has doing. From the bathroom I hear, “Oh, you have got to be kidding me. I KNOW that didn’t just happen.” OMG!! My blood started to boil almost immediately. Without even walking in there or asking him what had happened, I already knew. I didn’t have to ask. I knew that he was installing that stinking screw and hadn’t covered the shower drain with a rag or piece of paper or SOMETHING and it had fallen in the drain.
Ooo… I was so mad. But you know what? I could have easily happened to me too. I walked in there and told J.C., “I just feel like we are getting screwed by screws!!!” Wasn’t that just extremely ladylike? And then I left the bathroom. I knew it would be best for me to just go to the other room and find something else to do. Getting (and staying) mad at him would help nothing at all. And it wasn’t like he meant to do it.
I checked one of our local stores (Atwoods) and they didn’t have any screws that were similar to the one we needed. Eventually I used my brain and decided to give Moen a call to see if they could help us out. Lo and behold, they are sending the screw our way as I type… for FREE!! The little lady on the phone was so nice and didn’t even ask us to pay for the replacement part. So if you are looking to replace any faucets anytime soon, I say go with Moen. Great products and great customer service!
Long story short, we are one screw away from having an operational shower! Woo-hoo! I can’t believe it. We’ve only had a bathtub for the last 6 months, so having a shower will be like a luxury! So, do you have the same luck that we do? Have you ever done a project like this where every step you take forward, you take two or two hundred steps back? How did everything turn out? Did you end up wanting to kill your spouse? I’m glad the Lord gave me some patience and grace that evening because my flesh really just wanted to wring J.C.’s neck. It’s a good thing I can’t stay mad at him for more than 10 minutes or so. Love ya babe! 🙂
P.S. This isn’t a paid ad for Moen or anything like that… I’m just happy that they had some great people working in customer service!