Last summer I made the claim that few things in life suck more than fixing a leaky toilet on a Friday night. Well, I’ve now found something that sucks just about as much… Having ‘toilet issues’ less than two weeks before close (on Mother’s Day, no less) and therefore having to fix what will soon be someone else’s toilet. This time it was a bad ballcock (what a great word) that was causing the water to run continually.
Once I realized what was going on, I simply shut off the water as a temporary workaround. I then picked up a new ballcock for about seven bucks at Lowe’s when we were out and about later in the day. I then grabbed my wrench and set to work. All in all, the repair took just 12 minutes, including the time it took to run back down to the garage to grab the right wrench (yes, I’ve actually been reduced to timing things like this for amusement).
While it was a pretty easy fix, it was frustrating just the same — after all, I’m now in the mode of trying to figure out how I can make it from now until we vacate with just a single mowing, so I really don’t want to be fixing stuff around the house… Oh well, at least I didn’t have to call a plumber! Let’s just hope I don’t have to re-repair it this time around.