Tuesday 14 September 2010

Flushing time away

An ongoing saga in the house has been toilet problems. Last year we had to replace the downstairs one entirely because it had leaked and rotted out some of the floor boards. For the last 4 or 5 months the parental toilet has not been sealing correctly all the time. The problem was the flush lever had come loose enough from the handle to catch the flap and hold it open. A tiny wiggle of the handle would cause it to drop. Mom and I had basically just gotten used to waiting a bit then wiggling it to finish. Unfortunately we would not always remember (and the kids, never) so the toilet could be left running for hours at a time. But finally I broke down for no apparently reason and got a new flush handle assembly and put it in. Problem solved, although we’re still struggly to overcome the now instinctual impulse to wait after flushing.

This inspired Mom to work on the kids’ toilet which has been misbehaving, although not as severely. Basiscally it was just taking a very long time to fill (5-10 minutes). Mom got a new float for it but in the process of installing it the lever arm broke. We thought we could just get a replacement but it turns out our toilets are weird. Parts have been very hard to find. It took almost two weeks before we finally cobbled together enough different kits to actually fix it. I don’t know if it’s any better than when we started but at least it works again. The kids were undetered by the lack of flushing. I am not convinced that previously unflushed debris detered them. Mom or I would, every day or two, let the tank fill, stopping by hand, to get it flushed. Mornings were fun because the boys take very long times in the bathroom so created a bigger bottle neck to preparing for school.

We’re getting back to normal now, although we’ve still banished Corwin to the downstairs bathroom in the morning because he has an extra 20 minutes or so to get ready. It was a whole lot of time flushed away in the end.

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