Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Plumb It All!

When you have a home you hope that nothing
major goes wrong--especially if you or your mate
is a bit
dysfunctional when it comes to fixing things.
Suddenly, you’ve established a close bond with
Depot or Lowe’s home improvement stores.

What can go wrong when you have the experts
in your corner?
In the master shower there are 7 tiles which are cracking
horizontally--one dang tile after another.

The toilet float valve in the master bath has gone bad.

We head out to get it replaced.

"Yes, sir, " Ken and Steve in the plumbing department of H. D.
say to Tom.
"It’s the correct replacement, sir."

Just taking the new valve from the plastic casing
requires a degree from MIT.
We tug, pull, attempt to separate, break some nails,
cut our fingertips, when finally, one corner
has popped open.

It’s a struggle to separate, then voila!
We have the valve in hand.

Disassembling the original valve is easy, but lo--
the new one doesn’t fit.

Wrong unit, so back to H D we go.
Ken and Steve have ducked out on a break,
so we find a very
weathered old man working in the
department, who resembles
an entombed mummy.
Sam gives us the right unit.
"Are you sure, Sam" I ask?
"Oh, yes," Sam replies with a wink.

Well, again we struggle with the fused plastic casing,
and after a few heated minutes and snarling,
we’re back
in the toilet.
Yes! By Sam Hill, it fits!
Minutes later, we notice a constant drip, drip, drip
coming from the nut.

Tom tightens the nut and by now we’re going nuts,
because nothing is stopping the leak.
Two hours later, we give in and call a handyman

whom we’ve used before.

Another Steve, not a Ken.

$135 bucks later, Mr. Fix-It has finished the job,
and has left.

That night we see evidence of leaking once again.

The toilet has it in for us…

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