Monday, May 4, 2009

Plumbing goodies!

When I talked to my plumber/general contractor today, he said that he had some plumbing stuff from another job in Shaker Heights that he thought I might be interested in. They had given him permission to do with the old parts as he saw fit. He said that there were at least some good parts there, and that whatever I didn't want, I should just discard. This is what was waiting for me when I got home:

What a lovely surprise!

It's almost everything one might need to plumb a 1920s or perhaps 1930s bathroom sink. The parts all appear to be Standard brand.

1920s Standard shut-off valve with porcelain escutcheon

There are two shut-off valves, both stamped "Standard", with matching porcelain escutcheons. The valves still seem to operate properly.

1920s Standard faucet with porcelain drain plug

There's a nice faucet.

Further, there are three faucet valves, of which two should be workable, five handles, two porcelain escutcheons for the handles (one of which is marked "Standard" on the outside, and this:

Another bit of plumbing, Standard brand.

I'm not sure what it is. I'll have to ask the plumber the next time I see him.

This would make for a really nice setup in the bathroom up on the third floor, to match the Standard sink and tub already present, and the Standard toilet waiting to be rebuilt. The finish shows some pitting, which seems to be exclusively in the plating, so they could all be replated if I really wanted to. My dilemma is this: they look enough that I'd install them if I had the skills to do so, but not so good that I'm willing to pay someone else for all the labor involved to install them. I guess this means that they go into the plumbing parts drawer, either for eventual use in the third floor bathroom or for eventual regifting.

I had told him that I'd be interested in old parts like this - it'll be interesting to see what else he comes up with. I know that it will eventually bring him more work, in rebuilding and installing them.

The plumber/general contractor also says that he'll be able to deal with the dead trees with the lift that he'll be using for the roof, and that it will cost less than what the landscaping guy would have charged.

Finally, I tilled the garden plot. The tiller was quite a beast. I rented the small tiller - I can't imagine how impossible it might be to wrestle the large tiller around. The garden area is mostly well tilled, with the exception of the area between the turtle patch and the tree, which caused much trouble. The sheer quantity of large tree roots was problematic to say the least. It's not tilled as deep as the rest of the garden, but it will have to do for now, until I can cut every single tree root out.


Anonymous said...

Wow, I never would have imagined that this is what your plumber was referring to--what a great little treasure! Those are some beautiful pieces...I hope you're able to use (at least) some of them.

P.S. Kudos to the plumber for not just tossing them!

Shane and Casey said...

Nice! That is awesome of your plumber to do that. Make sure you don't throw away what you don't use. Make a post and I'm sure someone can find a use for the majority of things you don't.

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

Don't worry, I won't throw any of it away. From my conversation with the plumber today, it sounds like there will be more to come in the not too distant future.

Anonymous said...

Love it!

Black Dog's Photographer said...

I have to agree. BIG kudos to the plumber for not just tossing these old pieces. I love it!

I'm looking forward to what other treasures he might find for you.