Re: A sad day! Need advice!
I'd recommend putting a ring of the tape on the inside of the improv grommet, it'll make it so its reusable and removable. Once you get pics up it'll be easier to help but this is the best we can do without them. Best of luck!
Also I'd recommend upgrading when you get the chance, you'll never look back.
36" Al Falkher Solid - 36" KM Copper Heart Two Hose - 22" Temsah Mini-Wheat(a.k.a. Golden Nugget)