Hoarder does not live by toilet paper alone.

The well water here is super hard, and anything immersed in it eventually becomes encrusted in calcium. It really does a number on the working bits of a toilet, as I long ago learned to my great inconvenience. Even when everybody isn’t freaking out about the plague du jour I can’t just hop in the car and head down to the local hardware any time I want. So if I know I’m going to have problems with a particular part, no matter how far in the future that trouble is likely to pop up, it really behooves me to have a Plan B handy.


When the toilet started leaking recently I was very pleased with myself that I could just amble out to the powershed, bring in my spares, and replace all the leaky bits, no problem. It wasn’t always so, but I do learn.

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4 Responses to Hoarder does not live by toilet paper alone.

  1. Ben says:

    You do know that you can change the seal right? Read the instructions on that new one. It tells how to clear an/or replace the seal.

  2. Robert says:

    The toilet’s flapper valve started leaking in my mom’s now-vacate house in another state. Time for a trip to the store. Oh, look, the supply shutoff will-not-budge. Another trip. A few weeks later, the fill valve’s base started leaking and no amount of tightening and washering and cursing would stop it. Yet another trip to the store. Another few weeks and the almost-new flapper decided to become unfixably warped. Who knew the things didn’t like chlorinated water? Still another trip to the store. Good thing the store is exactly one mile away. Now that the state governor has ordered mandatory stay-at-home, no more trips to the store. Sigh. Joel, I hope you have your replacement fill kit in-hand soon.

  3. Zelda says:

    Part of my toilet maintenance is a gallon of pickling vinegar to be dumped in the tank in batches and left as long as possible when the minerals start to build up. It also seems to help clear out the holes in the bowl rim that the water comes out of. ( I don’t know the names of all the toilet parts.) There may be more powerful chemicals to remove minerals but the vinegar seems to do a decent job.

  4. terrapod says:

    Robert – not sure what state you are in but a leaking pipe constitutes and emergency and at least here in MI, all hardware, supermarkets, pharmacies and small 1 or 4 man/woman service operations (haircut, gas stations etc.) are still up and running. Food is take out only for bars that serve and restaurants..

    They guys who are going to really suffer are the no meals bars and all the major stores that have shuttered for 2 or 3 weeks. Going to be a lot of pain for many over this. IMHO the government is over reacting and the media is egging it on by also over hyping. Sadly I see a large group of politicians who think they can “get rid of the orange man” by causing this suffering of the population, not to mention the bloody cost of it all.

    Whatever happened to personal responsibility, if you are sick, stay home or wear a hazmat suit to work, assuming they will allow that. and let business take care of itself?

To the stake with the heretic!