Plumbing the Depths

toilet“The toilet’s leaking again!” Making the sighing noise I reserve for these occasions, I grabbed my plumbing gear and, after several action packed minutes, the leak swiftly turned into a flood.

At the hardware store I found a flustered mob of amateur plumbers wandering up and down the toilet aisle clutching a variety of crud encrusted items. It was my time to shine!

During the next hour I helped several people locate the parts they needed to fix their dunnies and led an old lady to the gardening section to get a backflow valve. I was happy to help, plus it gave me something to do until an actual assistant arrived to serve me, because the bit I needed wasn’t on the shelves; again.

An assistant eventually appeared, and after staring at the empty spot where my part should have been, toddled off to search the storeroom, make phone calls or possibly read a novel.

Meanwhile, I showed an anxious couple with a dripping shower, how to use a tap reseating kit on a nearby bathroom display. They were extremely grateful, but I did make a bit of a mess of the showroom taps.

The sales assistant re-appeared, looking suspiciously refreshed, and informed me that they didn’t have my part. So instead of a lousy three dollar washer, I ended up buying an entire toilet cistern.

After many hours of swearing (and mopping) I got it sorted. Three days later, while I was debating if it was safe enough to start licking my fingers again, I was informed the hot water system had turned into a geyser.

Driving back to the hardware store I wondered how I could become the ‘Finder’ of these problems and not the ‘Fixer’; I suspect that it would require some major changes to my plumbing.

About Greg Bray

Greg Bray didn't come from Gladstone, and moved away from the place forever in his twenties then came back and settled down. He is occasionally surprised to discover he's over 50, still enjoying riding his pushbike 'Pubtruck II' and getting a buzz from writing and publishing blog posts. He is a huge fan of Bill Bryson and one day hopes to travel and write for a living...
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2 Responses to Plumbing the Depths

  1. faysie says:

    Hi Greg at least I didn’t break this piece, he he! Great piece this one. We need a packed lunch to go to Bunnings and we end up with lots of bits and pieces to take home. Take care, Faye and Greg.

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