You might think I’m talking about a new piece of art for my living room.
But I’m not. I’m talking about the fact that I fixed my leaky toilet today. What a job! It has been leaking a few drops out of the tank for about a month and I couldn’t figure out the source. Finally, the drips became a stream and I had to turn off my toilet. I have been a toilet pirate for about 3 weeks using everyone else’s toilet (we have 5 here) or going downstairs to the half bath by the family room. Enough is enough.
I didn’t have money to call a plumber and I don’t have a “honey” for my “honey-do” list so I had to do it myself. I didn’t have the slightest idea how to fix it so I went to YouTube. Of course, there was a video for that. Turned out to be a big job.
See those two bolts behind the toilet seat hinges? Those were completely rusted. The guy at a local large hardware depot who will remain nameless told me to get some rust spray and the “nuts will come right off the bolts.” So I did….and they didn’t. All it did was stink up the bathroom.
My next option was to take the blade of a hacksaw and cut through the bolts using a make-shift hacksaw blade handle from a washcloth so I wouldn’t cut my hand as I sawed because you couldn’t get a tool between the tank and the bowl. After a very long afternoon, I finally cut through and removed the tank. I replaced the bolts and washers and hurray…I can now pee freely.