Today was a busy day here. 

It didn't start out to be.....

Do you know how toilets work?  I don't have exact knowledge but I do know that there is a  wax seal that keeps water from leaking out at the bottom.  Our toilet has been feeling like it was not seated correctly and occasionally there would be water on the floor.  So we had to replace the seal.

6 hours and five trips to the diy store later, Pk is finally finishing up.  When he took the old toilet off, he discovered we needed a new flange as well as a seal.  That was trip number 2 (the wax seal was trip 1).  Then when it came time to bolt the toilet back into place, the bolts weren't long enough.  Two trips later (#3&4), Pk picked up the bottom of the toilet and a corner broke off in his hand. 

It's an old fixture but we thought it would be ok since it was just a corner of the bowl support and didn't look important. 

It was important.  After everything was put back together, Pk flushed, we held our breath and water came shooting out from where the small bit broke off.

Trip # 5 was back to the store to buy a new toilet.  He is putting the new seat on and getting ready to turn the water back on.  Cross your fingers.....

In the meantime, he found a recipe for Mac and Cheese that he wanted to try in the 2012 edition of The Old Farmer's Almanac.  We buy one every year (and this year they say we'll have normal temps this winter but it will be snowy) and enjoy reading it.  This one had a recipe for mac and cheese with blue cheese and bacon.  It's in the oven now and smells heavenly. 

I think I hear a toilet flushing.  I did! It works!  Thank goodness.  We once again have a working toilet.  You don't realize how important they are until you don't have one.

And just because I needed a nice, soothing photo after all this, here's a photo of the trees on our street.  The tree in front of our house is turning yellow but these are spectacular. 

Because the angle of the sun is low, as it goes down it highlights each tree.  It's like each one gets its turn in the spotlight.  I sat in the chair in the living room and watched .  It's so beautiful.

So, that was our day.  It started out with a simple repair that turned into a majordaylong job.  Poor Pk has spent all day on his knees in front of the toilet and he didn't even get to enjoy getting drunk first!

Comments

Bells said…
we had a leaking toilet last year and ended up just ripping the whole thing, plus tiles out and getting it all put back in by tradesman. I just had visions of numerous trips and faults and knew we were better off leaving it to the professionals. But you've got someone there who likes to fix things and it sounds like he's done it! Well done PK!
Rose Red said…
It isn't a proper DIY job unless you go back to the hardware store at least 3 times! Glad you got it fixed in the end.
Galad said…
Beautiful trees and a toilet that flushes - life is good!
Roxie said…
Those trees are awesome!

Thank God PK is so handy. Can you imagine having to pay a plumber for all that time? He totally deserves mac and cheese with blue cheese and bacon!
Kaye said…
Ah so jealous he's so handy! My FIL is a plumber, and you'd think that some of that would have rubbed off on my husband. No dice. We're counting down to July where FIL comes to visit and can hopefully fix the cold water knob on our shower!
KnitTech said…
Don't tell Grilltech about the blue bacon mac & cheese!
Olivia said…
Argh, I hate those back and forth trips to the hardware shop! DIY can be satisfying but there is so much potential for frustration. I have to admit I usually just rely on the professionals.
drkknits said…
if youre going to be kneeling in front of a bowl, you really do want to be drunk. poor PK. i know i shouldnt but your description made me laugh out loud. the trees in your street are gorgeous!
Amy Lane said…
OH Gods... loathe, loathe, LOATHE diy time here at the crapmansion. Neither Mate, NOR myself are particularly adept at diy, and he invents swear words I haven't even HEARD of...

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