Intrigued: Recognizing limits?
January 25 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Intrigued: Recognizing limits? | Friday, Jan. 25, 2002

Friday, Jan. 25, 2002

Intrigued: Recognizing limits?

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

A plumber I am not.

I don't have any of those special low-rider pants, for one thing.

When a toilet started leaking in our building a few weeks back, I tried to save the Biblical Recorder a few dollars by tackling the job myself.

I added Teflon tape to the leaking junction, and tightened the plastic nut.

It still leaked.

I tried replacing the whole intake line, thinking fresh washers would do the trick.


The valve and flapper inside the tank looked worn and the middle stack was broken, so I decided to take off the tank and replace everything inside.

I read the instructions carefully, and followed them to the letter, except for the part where I may have gotten a little dyslexic. I paid special attention to the washers and bolts holding the tank to the bowl. "Tighten one half turn beyond hand tight," the instructions said. "Do not over tighten or tank may crack." I didn't want that to happen, so I measured it. One half turn precisely.

Smiling with satisfaction when everything was neatly re-assembled, I turned on the water - and the tank began to leak profusely around those two bolts I had treated so carefully.

What else could I do? I grabbed my pliers and began to tighten things up. "Just another half turn or so," I thought, "and surely it will stop leaking."

About three quarters of a turn later, there was a loud pop, the bottom of the tank cracked open from right to left, and water cascaded down my legs, flooding the bathroom.

There was nothing left to do but turn off the water and clean up the mess. Feeling flushed, I grumbled all the way back to my office.

My efforts to save a few dollars cost us several hours of my time, plus the funds required for a whole new toilet and a plumber to install it.

I should learn a lesson from that, but the experience didn't stop me from hovering and "helping" when the plumber came to install the new toilet.

You never know when another one might start leaking - and I think I've got it now.

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