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I am Homeowner, hear me roar!

I had yet another plumbing problem a couple of days ago. It wasn't *really* plumbing-related, although it was toilet-related.

I went to flush my toilet, and I felt brief resistance from the handle then I read a sort of a "plop" followed by no resistance and no sound at all. No happy flushing noises, and the handle became lifeless and functionless. "Oh dear, that can't be good," I thought to myself.

I removed the lid, and saw that there was a plastic bar connecting the handle to a chain, and the chain connected to a drain-cover thing at the bottom of the, um, big thing that you lean against when using the toilet. The plastic bar had broken clean off. I reached in and pulled the chain up (eeew), and the toilet flushed.

So the toilet was flushable, but in a much less convenient manner. I pulled out my big book of do-it-yourself home repairs, and discovered that it would be an easy task indeed to replace the bar. All I'd need was a wrench and, of course, a new bar.

Yesterday on my lunch break, I decided to stop for carry-out sushi. I pulled into the parking lot, and thought to myself, "Oh, I shouldn't park here, it's the Aco's parking lot. Wait, Aco! A hardware store!" I hadn't thought there was a hardware store convenient to my office, but here it was -- convenient to both the sushi store and my office. I popped in and bought a new handle/bar mechanism. (Then I got some sushi. Yum.)

Last night I found my crescent wrench. I took off the old handle and broken plastic bar, and I installed my shiny new handle with its metal bar. Nice and easy. Within minutes, the toilet was flushing properly again. Yay, go me!


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mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: August 3rd, 2006 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations. You have acquired enough experience points to advance to the next homeowner skill level.
vanter From: vanter Date: August 3rd, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haha - "You have become better at plumbing! (5)"
Honestly, it's amazing how simple most repairs like this are, and how many people don't realize it. Somehow, "jiggle the handle" is as far as most people go.
sherdeb From: sherdeb Date: August 5th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Woo hoo! You go, girl!
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