In our upstairs bathroom, we have a clawfoot bathroom (not vintage) and vintage looking sink, along with subway tile and tin ceiling (faux). The sink has these handles that look cool because they have vintage Hot and Cold labels on the knobs. Unfortunately, the holes in the sink where the knobs fit in are not perfectly centered and the Cold water knob rubs against the porcelain.
I ordered a new set of sink hardware off Amazon* and also checked the box that included professional installation at a set price ($109.07 don't ask me why not just $110). I knew that the price was based on average time to install something like this and having a 106-year-old house, I would do better with this fixed price than hiring a plumber who would charge by the hour. Also, I didn't want to learn Plumbing 101 and install it myself.
So they schedule a 3-hour window and the guy shows up 1 hour into it. He is a nice enough fellow and he figures out pretty quickly that some parts (spigot) aren't gonna fit or look normal with the current sink basin. My choices are order new part but I'm still on the hook for his time -- he gets paid whether or not he installs anything.
So we opted to keep the old spigot and use the new handles (which are different from knobs apparently). He could not use the drain piece without taking the sink off the wall and we decided this might open up a bigger can of worms so we opted not to do that.
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