For the past few weeks, the toilet in the master bathroom has been running slightly. It was easy to get it to stop by jiggling the handle, so I put it off. Well last weekend while my wife was out of town, it got progressively worse to the point where I had to turn off the water or it would have kept me awake all night long, not to mention wasted a ton of water. It was a busy weekend so I couldn’t really do anything about it.
So Friday, I finally had the time and opportunity to get something done. It seemed that the toilet ballcock mechanism was the culprit, so I went to Lowe’s and picked up a new one for $9. Well, I got it in and hooked up the water supply line which didn’t want to seat quite right and ended up spraying water all over the place. I tried to make some adjustments and in the process broke the flush valve.
I spent some time watching a You Tube video and got a better sense of how the insides of the toilet tank worked before going to Lowe’s a second time and picking up a new water supply line, flush valve assembly, and a good adjustable wrench. I was trying to get this project done in between appointments so while at lunch with the youngest 2 kids, thought I should probably go to Lowe’s a third time and pick up some plumber’s tape. The second and third trips were actually on the way to various appointments so it really didn’t involve any extra gas.
Finally, after replacing all the hardware associated with a toilet tank, making 3 trips to Lowe’s and spending $36, I managed to stop the leak. Once I had everything together, it only took me about 20 minutes to replace all the pieces and put it back together. But figuring it all out and deciding what I needed to do did take a little bit of time. Nevertheless, it is a satisfying feeling knowing that it would have cost a minimum of $75 just to have a plumber come and look at the leak.
Have you ever saved money on DIY projects? How much have you saved? Or does it end in disaster and cost more than hiring a professional in the first place?
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