The Problem With Flap Valves   Leave a comment

Toilet 02My first real job was working for a handyman in Skidmore, MO. Wayne was mainly an exterior house painter, but he did all sorts of projects around the houses of his clients. I was 16.

It was my first exposure to up-to-the-elbows home repair.

Wayne taught me that a plumber only needed to know 2 things.

1. Know what floats down hill.

2. Payday is on Friday.

I learned a third thing: I hate plumbing.

Today’s home repair job was replacing the flap valve in the downstairs toilet.

I hate plumbing.

And why is it that flap valves can’t be made to last? They have to be replaced every … year? … and when you replace them, they have always degenerated into mush? They always leave black rubber stuff all over your hands, every time.

We can put a man on the moon, but we can’t make a flap valve to last.

I hate plumbing.

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Posted August 20, 2013 by henrymowry in Living Life

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