Kitchen sink: A simple solution to a household problem

“Oh no”, I thought recently. The water pressure in the kitchen faucet had dropped to little more than a trickle. I should finally do something about it.

Another complicated hassle in this world that seems to get more complicated and illogical by the day when we can’t even agree on proven facts like vaccine safety and election results.

So I told my wife that I would do what I always do when faced with a plumbing problem: admit my ignorance and call our trusted plumber. After all, the extent of my plumbing expertise boils down to unraveling a wire hanger and sticking it down a slow drain — which may or may not work.

But then I realized that the dripping could be caused by something that happened in the past — a recessed fine-mesh screen at the end of the faucet spout, called an aerator, which is supposed to save water and increase flow. But when I looked at it, I realized that of course it was more complicated than that. It couldn’t just be thrown out because I didn’t have the tools or the know-how. So I did what all wannabe DIYers do – went online and looked at one of the countless so-called solutions that seemed meant for me: “Unclog a faucet aerator for dummies.”

But seeing that all you have to do is unscrew the faucet spout, remove the aerator and clean out the gunk, I realized this didn’t work with the fancy, complicated faucets they make today, like my Delta. Leland Pull- Down kitchen faucet with on/off touch activation and magnetic docking spray and shield head. Not only does it have three different ways to spray – and no way to just unscrew an aerator – but the lifetime warranty didn’t seem to cover my issue as it’s only guaranteed to be “free from defects in material and workmanship” – no gunk .

See what I mean by complicated?

But with a little online sleuthing, I finally found a solution that seemed too easy to be true. Unscrew the two-inch head with those three sprays, soak it in white vinegar for half an hour and…

You know what?

It worked.

The pressure has more than doubled.

I felt like I had won the lottery.

I actually said “Yes!” hard up. I couldn’t wait to tell my wife—and dig through my plumbing.

Why did something as simple as removing gunk from a faucet give such a sense of triumph?

In these days that are often mind-numbingly illogical, when our freedom from the virus has been compromised by too many science-defying, conspiracy theory-believing vaccine deniers, it’s all too rare to find a simple, logical solution to every problem. .

How many times has it turned out that a relatively new appliance such as a stove, refrigerator or water heater that you thought could be repaired simply needed to be replaced? What about that smartphone that isn’t smart enough to tell you how to back up all your precious photos — without the help of a two-hour phone call that still won’t fix the problem?

And you know all those 100-year storms we’ve had to endure every few years? Wouldn’t it make sense to realize that the climate is changing and, while doing everything we can to stop the extreme weather causing these storms, finally come up with a solution to prevent the next flood or power outage – in place of promising study after endless study?

That’s why it was so much fun to fix my faucet.

A problem. A solution.

Problem solved.

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