Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tales of the Toilet

It seems that my house is revolting against me for being gone almost two weeks.

Every evening this week I have been in the "fix and repair" mode to  get everything back into working order.

Yesterday it was a toilet. Not your usual problem of a clogged toilet, or one that won fill or flush properly. No, my toilet decided it needed to leak around the bolts that secure the tank to the bowl!

I had never considered that toilets could leak in that place. It was ugly. I am glad that at least the toilet waited to revolt until I had returned--it could have been catastrophic had it sprung a leak while we were away. I can imagine water soaking through everything! Ugh. Maybe I should start closing the water supply valves to the toilets when we go away.

Toilet repairs are not particularly difficult, but they are also not a lot of fun. And, as it turned out my toilet required the use of the "alternate" instructions for the kit. Of course it did! And I didn't recognize it until it was all back together and leaking worse than before.

I did not enjoy taking the toilet all apart, again, to reconfigure the parts. I also did not enjoy driving to Lowe's during rush hour traffic to obtain the parts which cost a whopping $4.95. I probably spent more on gas than the parts cost.

But, the toilet is fixed!

So the repair was a stunning success!

I wonder why there are so many different types of toilets?

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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