I had some time to spare this morning between dropping off my daughter at school and my piano lesson so I thought I’d stop back at home and read some of the latest postings on blogs I follow. Sitting at my desk though, my ears detected the sound of running water – arrgh! It was the toilet in kids’ bathroom, running, again.
It was the cause of a mini-flood a few months ago and since then we’ve been careful to make sure it stops running after it’s flushed. The flapper gets stuck open and you just have to lift the lid up and tap the flapper – it goes down and all is well. This morning was different though – I fixed it and then yelled at myself – “What are you doing? Why haven’t you fixed this?”
I can come up with all sorts of reasons for that – never messed with plumbing, don’t want to pay a plumber, it works fine if we’re careful, blah, blah, blah. But this morning I felt motivated – one the benefits of this blog is I get to talk to lots of women who have tackled new projects and that inspires me.
So guess what I’m doing this weekend? Yeap – that’s right – I am going fix that toilet. Following Dawn’s guide to home repair, I’ve found a how-to instruction at what’s becoming one of my favorite websites About.com. I liked this how-to because it has very clear photos with all the parts labeled. I don’t like that I won’t be able to see the computer screen from the bathroom and I do think the order on the steps is wrong – Step 6 tells you to stick down the sealant and then Step 8 tells you to test the fit before you stick down the sealant. So, it’s like cooking – read the instructions all the way through before starting. Assuming I can get what seems to be this magical repair kit – the Fluidmaster “Flusher Fixer” – at my friendly hardware store I should be golden.
Wish me luck!