I have some really great stories about this bathroom already. One involves the time BK took a few little pieces apart in order to do something about the hot water, which was turned off to this tub.
Who wouldn't want to soak in this magnificent piece of jade?
Somebody. Somebody who realized they couldn't turn the hot water off at the spout.
So, we had an adventure.
First was the taking apart of things and the next was visiting a big box hardware store. I'm not naming any names, because we love all the places for home improvement around here. But standing on Aisle 697, looking at forty-eleven parts that weren't the same as part 9s/1H (or something like that) and when the associate approached, she just looked at the piece in BK's hand and said "OLD".
Lady, we know. Because we don't even know what year the MH was built. Then, the super nice associate did what BK had already done, which was look around and shake her head. She named another place we should try, but warned us that it was going to be expensive, and then suggested we could try True Value.
We went to True Value.
Everyone should go to True Value.
And give Mr. Michael West lots of love.
He took the stem from B, started moving these magical upright shelves around and pulling out little parts, fussing with them, making things fit, and said "Okay. Try this first, but it's going to take two of you. One to turn the water on- you do that (he looked at me) and you do the yelling when the water sprays everywhere (he pointed at BK)."
He went on to suggest that the seal had corroded and was probably in the pipe somewhere and the little parts he fit together on the original could create a water stop but he wasn't going to swear that it would work, and if it didn't he could order more things to get us there. And guess what? It worked.
.50 washer (in case the first .50 washer wasn't exactly the right size)
1.30 total spent, .80 fix.
(eBay had the vintage replacement handles, Amazon had the shower curtain, Valspar had the right color paint, and someone out there has the hand towels, so this green goddess is getting a makeover!)