I am so very happy to live in a world where people make videos like this. I love the 21st Century — and moreover, I love our readers — like Daniel — and our advertisers — like deabath.com — who keep coming up with ways to make life with our vintage bathrooms, et.al., more better always.
What is this object of my geeky affection? It’s Daniel’s 11-minute video that (1) happily discovers the new ceramic valve stems now for vintage Crain Dial-ese bathroom faucets and (2) showing us how to install one, all zippety-do. I even understood it ALL, except for the one bit about flushing the stems or some such at about 7:15.
The amazing Daniels wrote to me:
Howdy, Pam. Hey, they’ve done it again at DEA Bath — come up with a terrific and much-needed item: new quarter-turn ceramic-disc cartridges for the very popular Crane Dial-Ese faucets. WOW, I’ve been waiting years for these. They are a giant improvement over the original type valve. I’ve made a show-and-tell video describing the advantages of the quarter-turn cartridge over the original type, and showing how to service the faucet. My 1950 Crane sink, green Vitrolite washroom wall, and Formica counter top are all visible. Please feel free post this video if you’d like to.
Thank you, Daniel! Hmmm…. I think I need to launch an annual video award. Right now, you are #1 on the list!
And remember, readers: If you have vintage Crane faucets — deabath.com is this go-to place for fix-it help!