My toilet needed help as it wasn’t working properly. The chain that connects the stopper to the metal arm had broken. It broke awhile ago and I rigged it with a safety pin which worked great for awhile until it rusted. I guess they don’t make safety pins out of stainless steel?
So I went to the store and bought a new chain. Even though I’ve never done anything like this before, I thought it could be easily fixed. Heck, I’m an independent divorced woman now and I have nobody to turn to, so I’d best figure it out. I mean, how hard could it be?
Well, I wasn’t able to detach the original chain so I rigged it to the new one. But I couldn’t get the toilet to stop running. So I turned off the water underneath. I was glad I remembered that there was a shut off valve there – thanks Dad in heaven. Because at 11pm at night, I wasn’t in the mood to deal with the frustration of the situation.
So this morning, I checked the stopper to make sure that it was closed and after further investigation, I realized that the original chain was getting caught occasionally under the stopper., causing the toilet to run. I will have to somehow detach the original chain today. But I’ve since figured out how it works and I’m pretty proud of myself for doing it. I know it’s really simple, but to me, it is a small victory. There are still times when I wish I had someone here to help me, but that’s not the case. I was never that woman who knew how to do simple house repairs because my former husband either did them or hired someone. I never learned the basics from my own Dad either. It was far faster and easier for them to just do it and for me to get out of their way. So I did.
But no more. The learning curve is steeper at 50+ years old, but I know if I put my mind to something, I can accomplish it. It just takes time, patience and the willingness to learn. I can do it and so can you!
Thanks for reading.