The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 December 2005

Pretending to be handy

It occurs to me that the optimum time for replacing a toilet flapper is not the day when the incoming water is at its coldest.

(Yes, I did shut off the valve. It's still cold inside that tank.)

Posted at 9:00 PM to Surlywood


OK, so you turned off the water. Did you flush it to empty the tank before plunging in to make the repair?

Posted by: unimpressed at 9:27 PM on 7 December 2005

Crap (yet another toilet pun). There was supposed to be an "evil grin" in there somewhere, but it didn't make it somehow.

Posted by: unimpressed at 9:28 PM on 7 December 2005

I must come off as someone with a severe oversupply of Poindextrose.

Yes, I flushed it after I shut off the cutoff valve. I admit to not being the second coming of Bob Vila, but I'm not entirely clueless. (About this, anyway.)

Posted by: CGHill at 9:43 PM on 7 December 2005

My pipes usually burst when it's coldest, so I got you beat. Ha.

Posted by: Mr. Snitch! at 10:13 PM on 7 December 2005

No, you don't come off that way, but I just couldn't resist pulling your leg a bit.

Posted by: unimpressed at 10:17 PM on 7 December 2005

Mr. Snitch, I had a problem like yours for 3 winters in a row, finally lost patience and paid $400 to a plumber to find a solution. You're coming to the gathering @ Proof, on the 15th, right? I'll let you in than.

Posted by: Tatyana at 9:33 AM on 8 December 2005

Hey Tatyana. Yez I am. Thanks for making me feel better about the burst pipes. I really went at it this summer and I think I have it licked. Insulation, electrical (heating) elements, the works. Nothing more depressing than watching water you're paying for spray into your lower floors and then into the street, covering it with ice.

Well, maybe something's more depressing but I don't want to know.

Posted by: Mr. Snitch! at 7:31 PM on 8 December 2005