I pulled a piece of 2x4 out of the scrap bin and ran it though the mighty B.A.M.S to cut it to exact size.
Pocket holes, of course, mean Kreg Jig time! The trusty Kreg Jig Jr. came out of its drawer once again. I love this handy little widget and use it every time I can find an excuse. (Read my review here). I drilled two pocket holes in each end of the board.
I slipped the board in between the studs and zapped a couple screws in with my handy upside-down impact driver.
I'm not sure if they sell upside-down tools where you live, but they sure are handy. This particular one is a DeWalt. It's 100% identical to their normal version, but it is inverted, a perfect 180 degree brother. Even the lettering is upside-down. Genius.
I used the square drive extension bit and screws from Kreg to secure the board on both ends. I only dropped screws down the hole twice!
As luck would have it, I had just the right thing in my magical toolbox of tricks and wonders. I had actually won it in a Facebook photo of the week contest, sponsored by DeWalt. This is the DeWalt Right Angle Adapter Attachment and it is a blessing from the gods in this situation.
Shown installed in a right-side-up impact driver on a gorgeous, 1979 original
gold ribbon, fake marble vanity top.
The valve was on tight but the faucet below it still had some wiggle to it. I had installed it with the push-in SharkBite connectors (see the same valve post above). I cut another board and pocket hole screwed it to the wall's base plate, running it vertically to my new cross piece.
|Bottom: Pocket Hole Screwed into the base plate.|
|Top: Screwed into the cross piece and a spacing block.|
Quick tip! Note how I used a plastic support strap. You do not want to use dissimilar metal types against copper. Even copper straps with steel screws are bad news. They will corrode and may cause leaks.
Done! This was actually a fun repair with fun tools. Both the Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole System and the DeWalt Right Angle Adapter Attachment are awesome affordable, additions to your toolbox.
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