Note to my ever so loyal and attractive readers: Um...well...I know I've been missing-in-action for most of the week. Sorry 'bout that. I haven't gone anywhere or changed my grand designs, but somehow the week slipped by without a slew of new posts. I will try and do better. Please don't fire me. (But I would understand if you wanted me to take some time off - without pay, of course.)
I am humbly proud to tell you that I fixed hem both yesterday. And it had only taken me a few
It isn't that it is complicated. All you do is pull out the old flapper, and put a new one in. If any part of the process could be remotely described as difficult, it would be getting the length of the chain right. All in all, the entire process took maybe 3 minutes per toilet. Yes, I invested 6 minutes stopping two leaks to help save the planet. I should get a medal. You can get one of them Nobel Peace Prizes for doing much less.
What took me so long?
Maybe it was the cost. Those flappers are more expensive than they used to be. I spent almost $12 on a three-pack. That works out to $4 each. Factor in the gas to et to the store, and we are talking a $15 project. Except I was already at the store, so this excuse doesn't work either. It was an $8 project.
Maybe I didn't have time. Nah, that's nonsense. I had time to watch Survivor. (Jeff Kent is LDS by the way.)
In my defense, I must point out that I had purchased one flapper from the grocery store, on a whim. It was cheap, and made cheaply. I installed it, and for some reason, the flapper wouldn't flap. Once the chain pulled it up, it stayed up. Sometimes we could wiggle the handle to make it drop, but usually there was just a constant rush of water until we took the lid off the tank and pushed the flapper down. This was much worse than the leak I was trying to fix.
My cowardly solution? Remove all the stuff perched on top of the tank lid, and put the lid on the floor. Open tank=Easy access. For three days we used out master bathroom with a lidless tank. I knew I needed to do something, or the next step would be subscribing to National Geographic and stacking the back issues in the hallway. It pains me to share this with you.
Yesterday, I came home. went right to work installing the new flappers, and returning the lid to its rightful place on top of the tank, rather than leaning against the wall. Both flappers worked flawlessly. Now we have no leaks. I told my wife, she said "Good." It was horribly anti-climactic.
What did it take to fix my problem: $8 and 6 minutes. And the right part.
Why did it take me months to solve the problem when the solution was so easy?
The problem was irritating.
I knew what to do.
I had access to the solution.
The solution was neither difficult or expensive.
Yet still I waited - and I'm not sure why.
Please discuss the psychological ramifications of my inattentiveness...