I came home today and watered my flower in the front yard as usual. I water it in the morning and when I get home from work. When I turned off the water I noticed the faucet was dripping. I tried to tighten it and it got worse. This is a brand new faucet that was just put on when I moved in. I couldn't leave it spraying water everywhere so I turned off the main water which was attached to the same pipe and headed over to the hardware store. Unfortunately, I relied on my not-so-great memory to find the replacement part. Once I was staring at all of the different faucet choices I had no idea what I needed. I didn't even take a picture and I forgot to bring my phone so I couldn't call my parents and ask them to look at it for me.
I picked one out that I thought looked right and then, as back up, I bought one of those Y attachments that turns one faucet in to two and has a valve to shut them off. Wouldn't you know it, I bought the wrong faucet but luckily the Y worked like a charm. I just screwed it on and shut off both valves. Tomorrow...or maybe this weekend I will go get the right faucet and fix it properly. I am sure glad I had a back up plan though. I have enough experience with plumbing to know that buying a few extra pieces can save a whole lot of time and extra trips to the store.