Remember a few days ago when I replaced our upstairs faucet, and the new drain pipe was too short to reconnect to the P-trap, and I swore a little and mused briefly on the nature of plumbing?
I bought an extension piece of PVC, cut it to size with a Dremel (because my old hacksaw broke*), and wha-la.
Then I cracked an old plastic nut reattaching the cold water connection. That whole connection was dodgy anyway, so I bought a replacement for that, too.
Faucet done! I stuck a bowl under the whole shebang to test for slow leaks and there hasn’t been a single rogue drop. I have successfully controlled one of the five classical elements, like Poseidon before me.
Now I’ll replace the other bathroom faucet with the right strategy and parts upfront.
* I also bought a good new hacksaw. The label says it’s a 5-in-1 tool. The fifth use is “cutting through baleful existential entanglements”, so money well spent.