Saturday, February 04, 2017


I'd toyed with the idea of fishing today. Yesterday when I looked at the forecast it said we would have sunshine and blue skies. They nailed it.

When I got up this morning and went into the bathroom, I smelled something funky. Upon closer inspection, I realized the commode we installed a few years ago appeared to be leaking around the base. This did not look (or smell) good. I closed the door and put the exhaust vent. I decided it would be unwise to do anything drastic until after coffee.

After procrastinating a while, I put on my coveralls and went to the shed for tools. When I pulled up a few of the commercial tiles, the floor was wet. I forgot about fishing and called my brother-in-law who owns a plumbing company.

When he walked in the bathroom, he said "Smells like your toilet's leaking."  When he looked on the lower back side of the commode there was a hairline crack. It must have been some kind of factory defect that took a while to cause a problem.

Long story short. I spent the day doing plumbing. I'm going to ensure the new fixture doesn't leak before I replace the tile, but I can see light at the end of the septic tank.

It would probably have been too cold on the water today. anyway. Or at least that's the story I'm sticking with. I hope you didn't have to spend your Saturday in coveralls.


  1. You should have installed a super bowl.

  2. Ours leaked once and Nick put it back in crooked! He struggled so hard getting it fixed he refused to straightn it out. Ive wanted to move ever since.

  3. What a job! At least you caught it before a lot of damage was done.

  4. Anonymous12:20 AM

    Poor Rick; fixing toilet leaks is a s****y job!!

  5. Hope you caught it before it seeped into the subfloor. We had an old wax base-flange fail recently and weren't so fortunate. They sell neoprene gaskets now that are much more durable.

  6. Sometime things don't go as planned but you got an important job done. You're a hero. Now go fishing.
    Hugs, Julia

  7. One thing I've learned in life is to be flexible. Plans are always subject to change.

  8. Aw we plan, and life gets in the way. Not original, but a fact. I miss fishing!

  9. Sorry you had to .. tank your fishing plans.

  10. Dang! Thank goodness you've a 'known and trusted' plumber!
    Puzzled ... what's the difference between overalls and coveralls? My grandpa used to call his overalls, but that may have been a Minnesota thing.

  11. No, but I did spend the day watching a plumber install a new garbage disposal, which I bet you could have done without help.

  12. I wouldn't know how to fix the toilet and thankfully not something I need to know how to do.


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