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House Boo-boos

I telecommuted today--always a pleasure, though I miss my origami calendar already. I made a lovely South Beach-friendly salad for lunch. Baby spinach leaves, thinly sliced cucumber, sliced chicken breast left over from last night, and some great little fresh mozzarella balls in herbed olive oil. I dressed it with some of the oil from the cheese and some white wine vinegar, salt and freshly ground pepper, of course. Delish, as Rachael Ray would say. After lunch I used the downstairs powder room. After flushing and washing my hands, I puttered in the kitchen a bit before going back upstairs to my office to resume work. I noticed the toilet in the powder room was still running. I jiggled the handle. No help. I lifted off the tank lid to investigate and was sprayed by an out-of-control filler hose flailing all over. I quickly popped the lid back on and turned off the valve at the base of the inlet pipe.

Well, after fiddling with it, it appears the float mechanism is broken. Not a big repair job, but I never do my own plumbing--too afraid of leaks. We've been wanting to replace all the commodes in the house (3, count 'em, 3) eventually, so rather than pay the plumber to replace the valve, we might as well replace the john. I'm thinking of of those long ones for maximum comfort of our variously-sized guests. So when rootbeer1 gets home, it's off to Homo Depot to pick out a new potty.

We also still have to get the roof checked out--Steve went up the other day after the big rain and checked the roof drain, but it seemed clear. He swept all the standing water off, and we didn't have a problem two nights ago during the drizzly-rain. But the roof has to be fixed.

We also need other stuff done, like a doorbell that can be heard from the second floor (almost missed UPS today), the dry rot fixed around the front door, the front door itself replaced, master bath retiled, etc., etc. I get stressed out by this stuff. I just want it all done so I can lay back and eat bonbons (OK, fresh mozzarella balls) and watch my stories.

It'll get done. It's the downside of home ownership--you actually have to put energy into the system to keep entropy from taking over and the house dissociating into molecules, atoms, quarks and strings. Eeeeek!


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Jan. 9th, 2004 12:55 am (UTC)
Homeownership is wonderful... until repairs come up. Good luck with them!
Jan. 9th, 2004 03:30 am (UTC)
Thanks Dan--

We just got back from Homo Depot bearing our prize--a brand-spanking-new Kohler Santa Rosa one-piece with the elongated bowl. It's exactly the model that John and Frank in Agoura Hills replaced their old thrones with. We got to test 'em out on our last visit down and are they comfy!! HD is even going to come install it (for a price). We'll find out tomorrow when, hopefully over the weekend. Thank goodness we have a couple of spares.

Congrats on the new job, too. Cash flow is a good thing...
Jan. 9th, 2004 06:27 am (UTC)
Congrats on the flashy new toilet!
Jan. 9th, 2004 03:21 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you picked out a good one! Hope everything goes well with the HD install.

Thanks for the congrats. Cash flow is definitely a good thing!
Jan. 9th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC)
I remember the shock at how EASY it is to replace a toilet. It took all of about 30 minutes to do completely. Don't forget to buy the wax ring!
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