Wow, dude!!!!! That's gotta hurt!! Is that your collar bone? If so, I can (sort of) feel your pain because I have arthritis where the collar bone meets that shoulder there... looks like where they had to put you back together. NOT a fun place to have pain. Feel better soon!!!! (You must be a klutz like me! I've been known to fall UP stairs and off my shoes...Don't ask. LOL!)
Ok.. so SharkBite.... this is ridiculous.... first of all, I had no choice but to cut the red what-ever-that-was to get the old fixture off. Made a complete mess of it too because I didn't have the proper tool to do it with. Due to the hard to get area of the plumbing, cut it at an angle with a saw and, of course, "skipped" the blade up one side of the red part making slash marks up the side. Yes, I can be quite talented.
Fast forward to the part they gave me at the "Mobile Home Depot" store (owned by Home Depot but it specializes in RV and mobile homes parts) 5 1/2 miles away (one direction - and I have no car or any available for my use, not to mention it's be very hot and humid here). Couldn't get that part (presumably a knock off of SharkBite) to work. Kept leaking, hated it so returned that one as well.
Went to the regular Home Depot (2 miles one way) got a SharkBite straight quarter turn shut off valve to install. Damned thing leaked. Removed and re-installed in about 9 times between Monday and Tuesday. In between, filed, sanded (with a nail file, didn't have sandpaper) and trimmed the red part even (picked up a pipe cutter that I had to return due to lack of funds for upcoming rent)... it was a real project. Nothing I could do, including tapping the valve onto the red part with a rubber mallet, would stop it from leaking.
Tuesday afternoon decided to take that SharkBite back to Home Depot to exchange it and see if maybe it was a faulty fixture. Brought the "new" on home put in on and VIOLA! no leak, HOWEVER, somebody put the valve in a wrong box and the top part I needed to screw the hose up to the faucet didn't fit. I needed a 3/8's end and they just did not work. I believe the top of the valve was a 5/8's. Had to take that back on Wednesday morning. (I kept it overnight because without it leaking from the bottom, I was able to turn my water on with the valve closed so I could take a shower.)
Home Depot only had two more in the box on the shelf. The one I took back and another one that someone else took back with tape all over the actual fixture, not in a box. I thought... oh, no... I'm not doing this again and left empty handed and went to Ace Hardware.
There a nice fellow gave me the kind of part I actually wanted in the first place, a screw type deal. As you screw it together after putting a plastic ring around the pipe (in this case the red thing) it tightens and seals. Brought that home, ALSO since I like to "over-do" things, used some plumbers tape on the end of the red thing, put it together and NO MORE LEAK!!! In fact, I had so much trouble with the stupid thing for 2 1/2 days I STILL keep checking it and am completely amazed that it's not leaking at all. It would have been a very simple fix if I had parts that actually worked the first time but they didn't. I also used a braided stainless supply line.
So now the leak is fixed and I only have to worry about the bathroom toilet leak (as far as I can tell) and why my hot water tank doesn't always light now (I have the switch inside my kitchen) but those will be for another day.
Uh oh.... I just went under the sink to take the photo of the new repair job and while none of the hoses are wet, the floor in the bottom of the cabinet was. It MAY have been that the bottom of my liquid laundry soap bottle was wet when I put it in there but I'm not sure. Can't smell anything on the paper towel I used to wipe it up.... so, it's dry now, everything is dried and I put it all back in. At least it's not the pipes that are leaking.... will keep a watch on that.
Hm... this is the Elmers I have now: http://www.amazon.com/Elmers-E7010-C...02X80MW51X68K2
Didn't know there was another kind (the one you gave the link to). I'll look into it.
Unfortunately, as much as I would LOVE to pull the sink, stove, powerbox, etc AND the wall between the bathroom and kitchen, as well as the toilet and bathroom vanity to replace the whole floor, it's not feasible for me. ALL of that would really need to be pulled for a proper fix. I just have no place to put the stuff and I'm alone and need those things usable daily since I live in here. The best I can do is repair it "as is". The floor under the sink and stove area, btw, is solid except right under that facing (the part where the cabinet doors are screwed to, for instance). I'm not quite sure how I want to deal with that yet. I could "dig it out" and shove wood in there to help brace it but then again, I have to find a way to brace the wood as well. I'm still thinking about that.
As for your pretty red stars...yep, you got that right! I have to walk carefully on the kitchen floor NOW because since I broke up the styro to see what was under it, I've lost all stability there.
I stay out of the kitchen as much as possible for that reason and every time I DO go in there, I wince when the floor squeaks and I can feel it give under my weight. I try to step only where I know the beams are.
I may have to put in some braces from underneath whether I want to or not.