Kitchen mess or work of art?
The people who built my condo 20 years ago were creative geniuses. They pioneered installing toilets without flanges and putting water lines 1/2" from the edge of studs with no metal protection plates (truth). They also created the masterpiece under my kitchen sink (photo below).
I have a licensed plumber coming in a couple of weeks to fix the trap, which was leaking around the coupling. I was able to hand tighten it enough to stop the leaking for now.
The reason I think I need a plumber -- I don't know if you can tell from the photo -- is that the trap is glued on one side so that it can't be removed, only loosened enough on one side to leak. It seems like a disaster waiting to happen.
Question 1: Since I was able to stop the leaking, should I leave the trap as is and cancel my appointment?
Question 2: If the plumber is coming anyway, does it make sense to ask him to redo the rest of this masterpiece so that there are not so many pieces, and so that it doesn't take up so much room?
Thanks for your comments.