Plumbing

Plumbing repairs aren’t my favorite thing.  One thing leads to another, to another, to another and so on and so on and..well you get the idea.

It all started when ET (evil twin) called and asked if I could check out her toilet.  Sounds bad, doesn’t it? 🙂

She gave me a pretty good description of the problem., “The water almost turns off and every 5 or 10 minutes, it comes on full for a few seconds before almost turning off.”

From her description, I knew both the fill and flush valves were having problems.   So, I go there and figure out what I needed; a Mansfield flush valve and a standard fill valve.  I made sure the flush valve did not have any rough spots, so I decided we’d need just the big rubber washer for the flush valve.

Off we went to the hardware store and we got the parts.

I install the parts.  The new fill valve leaks and the flush valve continues to leak.  The fill valve is defective and we need an entire flush valve.

We go back to the hardware store and they give me a new fill valve.  I also get an entire flush valve assembly, the bolts that hold the tank to the bowl and the foam gasket to keep the water from leaking while the toilet is flushing.

Back to her house.

Take the tank off of the toilet, replace the flush valve and put the tank back into place.  Replace fill valve. Turn on the water supply.

No leaks from the tank and both valves seal correctly.  Nice.

Wait.  A drip from the valve on the wall.  Tighten the valve packing. No luck.

Turn off the water to the house and remove the valve.  I get my ferrule puller to get that brass ferrule ring off that no one ever replaces, but should…..and the toilet is in the way.   I look more closely at the ferrule.  It’s *very* corroded and I doubt it will seal again.  Remove the toilet.  Remove the ferrule.  Look at the pipe stub.  It’s OK.  Finally, something is going my way.

Go back to the hardware store and get a new valve and wax ring.

Install the new valve, install the toilet, hook everything back up.

No leaks.

A simple thing that started off as a 15 minute job took from 10:30am to noon to complete.

After I finished, for the next hour or so, we talked and kept going into the bathroom to flush the toilet and look for leaks.

No leaks.  Job done.

When my wife got home I told her I’d spent a few hours over at ET’s house.  I skipped the fixing the toilet part and went right to the, “We talked for quite awhile while repeatedly flushing the toilet.”  I got a weird look.

When I explained what I’d done, she looked relieved.

 

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Not Much Happening

Since I’ve been retired, I’ve been slowly (no sense hurrying this) cleaning up the house.  I’m about 3/4 done with a *VERY* thorough cleaning.   Most of the problem is dust.  I’ll get the dust cleaned up in an area and, two days later, it needs to be dusted again.  I’m hoping it’s a case of cleaning new areas of the house is stirring up the dust and allowing it to settle on the already cleaned areas….but I doubt I’ll be so lucky.


Over the summer, I cooked a turkey and I froze the bones.  This week I simmered the bones to make more turkey broth and I just finished pressure canning it.  I have 14  twelve ounce jars cooling on the kitchen counter.  So far 12 of the 14 lids have “plinked”.  I’m hoping the other 2 will soon do the same.

For what it’s worth, I think I fixed my problem of liquid leaving the jars as I process them…I think I had the screw bands too tight.  I did not tighten them so much this time and the broth level in the jars is right where it should be.


I also made some sourdough bread.  Our daughter was home when I took the loaves from the oven and she took one back to her apartment.    She and her roommates are hoping I will let them know when I’m again making bread. 🙂


Lights….ET (“Evil” Twin) called and asked if I could fix the ceiling lights in her kitchen, She said that every time she turned on the lights, the circuit breaker would trip.

The heat from the light bulb was high enough to destroy the insulation on the wires within the ceiling light fixture.   It was actually fortunate that the failure resulted in a short circuit that tripped the circuit breaker.  Had this not happened, the dangerous overheating problem likely would have remained “lurking”.   And, no, she did not put too large of a light bulb in the fixture.  She was using 60 watt ones. The fixture’s sticker said any light bulbs less than 150 watts was OK to use.