Diversion can be a really good thing. When floodwaters are heading straight towards a vulnerable location, a well placed levee can help to avert disaster by directing the water to a better protected area. Similarly, when a person finds themself continuing to ponder a situation for which there is no happy ending, a shift in one’s attention to a more positive course of action can be truly beneficial. And, for the record, an emotional flood is no less devastating than an actual tidal wave to a person who has had their heart-broken. Trust me.
Let’s talk, though, about actual physical diverters because sorrows and affairs of the heart are not as easily repaired as those of the household. Currently I have two rooms in my house that have faulty diverters and I’m losing my patience with their lack of willingness to self-correct. First, my kitchen sink faucet. When middle son and I selected the industrial style faucet a couple of years ago, I was a little hesitant. It was an Italian brand and, while it looked great, I would have preferred a brand that came with a solid reputation because it was kind of pricey. Nonetheless, we bought it.
We probably got about two years of satisfaction from this Giagni Fresco product before the buttons on the faucet head stopped functioning, leaving the nozzle permanently in “spray” mode. For a while I could pull the necessary button out with tweezers to get the water to come out in a stream rather than a spray, but those days are over. Looking on the Lowe’s site at the reviews for this faucet tells me I’m not alone. It’s time to reach out to the manufacturer and get some parts to correct this flaw.
I’ve probably mentioned in the past that I love my bathtub. It’s a jetted Jacuzzi and from September through spring, I’d say I take a bubbly bath at least twice a week. Maybe my joy in bath time created an issue between my plumbing parts and I, perhaps, shouldn’t have neglected to sing the praises of my rainhead shower, because it no longer is working as it should. When I pull the lever from the faucet to divert the water to the showerhead it no longer is operating at 100%, which means my rain is more of a sprinkle. Not great. I attempted a fix myself, after first asking middle son to investigate the issue and learning that he doesn’t know what an allen wrench is, but my repair didn’t stick.
So, do any of you have any plumbing tips for a not so handy homeowner? And, do you think redirected attentions are capable of providing an adequate diversion to lingering emotional deluges?
4 thoughts on “Repairing my ability to divert.”
The sink sounds like you need parts from the faucet maker. Having it on permanent sprag would drive me insane. If you can screw around with the button to get if off spray, maybe you can use some kind of tape or jam a small piec of toothpick in there to hold it until a new part comes in.
Any chance you get water stains in the shower? Maybe there is some calcium buildup in the line to the rain head. Or in the valve that diverts water up.. Kind of hard to guess without seeing it. Our shower head gets an occasional vinegar soak to open everything up again. But if the line from the valve to the rainfall head is outside the wall like a moveable shower head, I’d unscrew to see if it was filled up with deposits. And depending on how things are set up, shutting the water off to the shower before tinkering.
If it makes you feel any better, I am certain my kids dont know what an Allen wrench is either.
Vinegar and baking soda really are magic, huh? Ok, I’ll give it a shot. Thanks!
was going to recommend a vinegar soak also