I know you're all thrilled by the ongoing saga, so...
The plumber fixed the new leak, and replaced a couple other old rusty valves while he was in there. But when he finished, the maintenance guy called me and said he thought it was too late in the day (2 p.m.) to start tearing the walls apart. And they're not working Monday (Columbus Day)... so they're going to come back Tuesday and start the actual repair work. (Not sure yet whether it'll take 1 day or 2.)
So that'll be a week and a half of dodging around the stuff we emptied out of the cabinet... urgh. It's a little annoying that it keeps getting pushed off, but I know that it's necessary; it doesn't make sense to box it in if it might start leaking again.
However, we did get something positive out of this. Our kitchen faucet has been sputtering lately. We figured it was probably a washer, but sdavido
hasn't had a chance to go to the hardware store and get one. Well, I realized after I got to work this morning that there was a plumber
in our kitchen! So I called the maintenance guy and asked him if the plumber could look at the sink, as long as it wouldn't take him away from what he needed to do. I figured it would be a minute's work for him to change the washer, and then we'd have a working sink again. (It's been really annoying.) Well, when I spoke to him in the afternoon, he said it turned out to be the whole - um - whatever the bottom part of the faucet is called, but the plumber had a spare so they fixed it. Yahoo! It's soooo nice to have a steady stream of water again... makes me more equanimous about waiting a few more days for them to fix the walls.