“Uh oh.” That’s what I texted to my wife after I dropped the glass soap dispenser into the bowl of our powder room sink. I was just finished wiping the granite countertop off when the soap dispenser slipped out of my hand and smashed the porcelain bowl.
Unlike most of my family, I don’t recall anyone ever calling me handy around the house. I always think the best tool for the job is likely my iPhone. I quickly went on Amazon and ordered a new sink ($179 from Kohler) and called a few people that I thought could install it.
Unfortunately, customer service in the home handyman world is a bit lacking. The couple guys that called me back were pretty booked up. A plumbing company offered to send someone out to give me an estimate, but they charged $69 just for that. I decided that since it was likely to take a couple hours to do it and the estimate would be $200-$300 in the end, I might as well do it myself.
I don’t think if I was still working, I would have attempted it. I wouldn’t have had the time to monkey around with it – or at least I would have convinced myself of that.
Having a completely free morning the day the sink arrived emboldened me to be useful and save some money. The hardest part of the job was getting the old sink (sharp edges!) out without hurting myself or the granite countertop. After a couple online videos, the rest seemed pretty straight forward. After a couple hours, voila – I am a handyman.
In the end, I saved a few hundred bucks and it looks as good as new. Maybe in leaving MegaCorp I’ve found myself a new vocation: home do-it-yourself-er. Please don’t tell my wife I’ve signed up for any other projects!
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