Lighter note: lifting the lid on plumbing problems

"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 reappeared, looking suspiciously refreshed, and informed me that they didn't have my part. So instead of a lousy $3 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.

Greg Bray blogs at Find him on Facebook: Greg Bray - Writer.

Friends for life at the Gallery

premium_icon Friends for life at the Gallery

Three made life members at gallery celebration

Blasphemy and big laughs at gallery's birthday

Blasphemy and big laughs at gallery's birthday

Patron Ken Done holds court at gallery celebration

Communication key as Moss relishes big game atmosphere

premium_icon Communication key as Moss relishes big game atmosphere

GRAFTON aims to right the ship as they set sail for the grand final.

Local Partners