Choosing Faucets For The Home

Choosing Faucets For The Home

The dictionary defines a “faucet” as ‘A device for regulating the flow of a liquid from a reservoir such as a pipe or drum’. This is a bit older explanation which is not able to describe the utility of the modern faucets we use today. The modern day faucets are something more than a regulator of the flow of water.

They provide a variety of functions in the kitchen or in the bath. The kitchen faucets come with pullout and pull down spray facilities for water filtering all in a variety of makes and styles. Where as the faucets in the bath are available with fine matching accessories to suit the taste and likes of the consumer. However, it would be ideal to follow certain basic principles to make the best use of bath faucets.

Let us start with the bath. High spouts always facilitate easy washing of hands and filling water in cups or tumblers in the bath . The water purification system built in the faucets also makes available purified water for brushing of teeth and mouth washing protecting the teeth with the fluoride in tact. There are even faucets that provide cold drinking water without losing any of its natural minerals by passing the water softening system.

Leaky faucets are a perennial problem. The best way to prevent leaks is to provide a washer free or cartridge based faucet. The latter variety avoids the frequent need to change the misfit or worn out washers. These faucets provide a leak-less performance through out its life. This one-piece technology is conducive for a hassle free usage. The cartridge replacement is a one minute affair by taking out the old one and replacing it with the new one.

Like all plumbing products faucets also call for quality material for durability and better service. It is always better not to be ‘penny wise and pound foolish’ when it comes to selecting a faucet to use in your home. Instead of going for a cheaper variety of brands, faucets made of good and durable metals like brass or copper makes your life easier in the long run. These faucets not only give you a superior performance but also present an elegant appearance in the bath. The faucet manufacturers offer a plethora of varieties for the modern bath or kitchen. It is your responsibility to choose the best suited for the kitchen or bath. Actually, I think shopping for them is so much fun and becomes less of a job than one might think. I have the most difficult time narrowing my choices down because there are so many wonderful styles and features available.

With the standardized properties this industry has created a situation where we need not get too confused with our choices in a faucet. However one needs to understand the basic details of your sink or bath. For example if one needs to select a faucet for the kitchen it would be appropriate to keep in mind the number of mounting holes under the sink. The exact number of the mounting holes may have to be found out if the same is concealed behind the existing faucets and deck. Selecting a faucet that will require 3 holes when you only have two, for instance, might cause a problem in the installation if it is not possible to create a third hole.

The faucets for bath are available in two configurations such as the center set and the widespread set. The former is a 4-width type while the latter is of 8-width variety. Though the styles can be changed the size cannot be changed unless of course you want to replace the sink itself in the bath.

Before going to the plumbing accessory shop it is wise to ascertain the size and the type of the water supply lines. That normally is either 3/8 inch or ½ inch. The supply hook-ups come in various materials like copper, braided copper and flexible plastic. Having confirmed the size of the supply line one has to shut off the water supply, remove the parts and take it into your favorite hardware or DIY store and select the faucets of your choice of the size and type best suited to your bath or kitchen.

The selection and fitting of a faucet may look simple however a wrong and thoughtless selection may prove futile and end up in a perennial problem and a sheer waste of your hard earned money.

The Christmas Tree Box And Me

The Christmas Tree Box And Me

A Taste Of Humble Pie

About this same time last year I had to eat a little bit of humble pie dished out by the box that holds my Christmas Tree. Have you ever had humble pie? Let me tell you, sometimes it has a bitter taste and can be quite hard to swallow! So, let me tell you what happened. First of all, I should explain that I am a tad particular about setting up the tree and decorating it. My daughters would argue that point and say that it is much worse than a tad picky and borders on obsessive but that is a different story altogether.

Being the selfish person that I am about getting the tree out, up and decorated I chose a day when I was home alone. I went up the stairs to where the Christmas tree is hidden during the other 11 months of the year and started the task of pulling, tugging, and shoving it out of its hiding place. It is a big box, heavy and about 5 feet long. I can’t pick it up and carry it so I have set up a system that works for me. Well, it worked until last year. My husband had cut some nice holes in the ends of the box for me so that I could pull and tug easier, you know get a better grip. The box apparently took some issue with being treated in this manner and decided to fight back. I can’t really blame the tree, it was just along for the ride. Although, in a court of law, it might be considered an accessory to the crime and face an aiding and abetting charge but that is beside the point. The box was the culprit in this incident. It is like it took on a mind of its own.

There is a point, early in the journey of getting the box down the stairs, where there is a rather precarious turn that needs to be made. My thought process last year was that it would go quicker if I pulled really hard while at the same time turned a few degrees. It seemed logical that the task would go a little faster with this method. That was my first mistake! Thinking that I could save a few seconds in this chore was not well thought out. With as much strength as a little old lady can muster I pulled hard on that box. The box had other plans and decided to lessen its pain by tearing at the gripping holes just when I was at my strongest pull. Suddenly, I’m flying backwards into a table and before I can say “Oooo that will leave a mark!” I’m seeing stars and the world goes black for a few seconds.

When I regained my senses (I know that is debatable!) every bone in my skinny old body was aching and I couldn’t tell at first if I was truly injured or not. I was afraid to move and just sat there and shook for a few seconds. I realized that if I was hurt that I could not call anyone for help because my phones were both downstairs. It would be hours before Terry got home so I might have to spend the day up in that room. That was the first taste of humble pie. It tasted like vulnerability, it tasted like fragility, it didn’t taste good at all.

torn box

The Perpetrator

I decided to try to stand up as slowly as I could to assess whether there was, in fact, any physical injury involved. I stood up and immediately felt a little woozy which made me sit down on the bed close by. Once that sort of floating feeling subsided, I knew I just needed to get down stairs and the danged box could sit there until eternity or at least until my husband got home; whichever came first. As I started the slow egress out of the room, I did take the opportunity to kick the danged box!


The Victim

Needless to say, I was sore for a couple of days and there was a mark on my back from being slammed into the table. I think it hurt me more to have to tell my husband when he got home that I had been involved in an altercation with the Christmas tree box and that the box had won. It wasn’t until I retold the story to him that I started to cry because verbalizing it just made me feel old. It just seemed like the box had made a point of telling me that I was no longer a spring chicken and I was choking on that humble pie it had forced  me to swallow.

Fast Forward One Year

This year my plan was different. This year the box was not going to get the better of me. This year there would be no humble pie! I picked a day when my husband was home and asked him if he would assist me in the annual event of getting the Christmas tree down to the living room so that it could be decorated and bring us the joy that it always does with the pretty ornaments and twinkling lights. This year I accepted that there is nothing wrong with asking for a little help. So, the tree made its annual journey without incident and it is all put together just waiting for the decorations to be added.

bare Christmas tree

Message To The Box

Mr. Box, just as we humans age and are unable to perform our duties like we used to when we were young and spry; a cardboard box also reaches that age. We have found a sturdy plastic box with handles that will not betray me when I pull and tug on them. So, Mr. Box you will be relegated to the curb where you might be rained on, snowed on and probably peed on by the neighborhood dogs as you await the arrival of the trash truck. Mr. Box you should have never picked a fight with this old woman!

Welcome And Come On In

Welcome And Come On In

Hello and welcome to The House Of Rumpley! Come on in and feel free to browse through the pages of decorating ideas that I have created for you to use to decorate your own home.  Well, this is the maiden post so you won’t find much just yet but rest assured that as the days and weeks pass, I will be giving you some options to use to make your living space an inviting place that becomes more than just the place you parked your sofa and bed. Together we will make it be something special that you will be proud to call home and to have guests visit. You do not have to spend extra money to hire someone to come in and decorate it for you, you can do it yourself.

Together we will discover ways to decorate individual rooms like your kitchen, bedrooms and baths along with other rooms of the house or apartment you want to work on. We will discuss color options and themed decors such as rustic choices for a cabin or lodge look. Coastal living and nautical designs will also be featured along with eclectic, vintage, country and Tuscan styles. If there is a theme to it, I’ll find it and report on it here on these pages. If there is a specific color or theme that you would like to request, please feel free to contact me and I’ll see what I can dig up for you.

I will pay close attention to the newest hot trends in colors for walls, furniture and accessories to report on along with some of the traditional standards that can be used. I will give you tips on how to do your decorating on a budget, too.

As the seasons come around throughout the year, I’ll also discuss ways to do some seasonal touches that will make your home festive for a holiday or just the time of year. We are going to have some fun together, I promise.

You might be wondering just where The House of Rumpley is located. Imagine a quaint little cottage nestled on an imaginary street located in Anytown, USA. We are just around the corner and down the street from wherever you need for us to be. Our doors are always open, you will be greeted with a warm smile anytime you want to drop in and we hope that you will come often, ask any questions you have and tell your friends about us.

The image used at the top of this post is courtesy of Pixabay