Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Thursday, January 13, 2011


For the last couple of years the toilet in the bathroom by our bedroom has been leaking from the tank into the bowl. When the tank gets low enough it refills. This has been going on two or three times a night for at least three years. Well last night it was refilling every ten to fifteen minutes. It was agravating--it was disgusting. I didn't sleep much last night and was pretty mad at myself for not fixing it earlier. Now in my defense I did replace the flapper a couple of times but that didn't stop the leak.

So this morning bright and early I went to the store and bought all of the parts to replace everything inside the toilet. I replaced everything and the leak from the tank to the bowl was fixed---now the leak was out of the two bolts that hold the tank on the bowl. I replaced them and hooked things up again---they still leaked---I bought a new set and doubled the rubber gaskets on the bolts---one on the inside and one on the outside and tightened them pretty tight. They still leaked. I had Inklings come in and hold the screw driver while I really cinched the gaskets down. They still leaked.

I had Inklings come and help me one more time---she commented we ought to go get a new toilet---I said nah this one has all new parts. She held the screwdriver above while I wrenched on the bolts from below---I tightened them to the point I thought the porcelain would break. I had decided that if the porcelain broke I would go buy a new toilet and install that instead. But---wah lah---the toilet has not leaked for an hour---I think I may have won. TIME WILL TELL AND THE STORE IS STILL OPEN. ;-)


Dee Ice Hole said...

It is now 5:25 p.m. and it isn't leaking---I think I won;-)

Nene said...

Good job! I have a toliet downstairs that you have to hold the handle when you flush and count to 3 or it won't flush. Frustrating, but I'm sure it won't get fixed for awhile either. :0+

Dee Ice Hole said...

Shorten the chain to the valve---just a little

Looney said...

Impressive. I can never fix a plumbing problem without at least three trips to the hardware store.

Dee Ice Hole said...

Looney---me too, that is why I never start unless the plumbing store is open---even if I know I have the right parts. ;-)

Darryl Iorio said...

“PLUMBING--MY FAVORITE JOB” – Well, I’m glad that you feel that way about plumbing! Some homeowners find this job a little tough and frustrating. On the other hand, it is a joy for every homeowner to see that everything works well inside the house, and that includes the sink and the toilet! [Darryl Iorio]