Life is Sometimes Like a Running Toilet

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Moving. To some it’s a chore, and to others, a new adventure. New neighbors, new sounds, sights, and smells. For me, these things are barely noticeable until that last box has been unpacked and everything has been put in its place.

After my recent move, I couldn’t sit still until every last detail was taken care of. From finding creative storage solutions on Pinterest, to arranging furniture, to hanging my family pictures on the walls, I was finally at peace when it was all said and done.

Until my toilet started running.

After moving to a new house, you can always expect a few surprises. Luckily, a running toilet is not a major catastrophe, but like many things in life, it is not something you should ignore for too long. After jiggling the handle and playing with the flapper for a few days, I realized I had better either call someone or figure out how to fix it myself.


In my Google search for how to address my running toilet, I came across a blog about the same thing I was just musing over. I asked myself if running toilet might be a metaphor for something in my life. Sure enough, blogger Jenifer Stuart at Enjoy Life For Once was pondering the same thing (weird, I know).

So here’s my take on it.

You know how we all have those nagging “issues” we put off until later? If you’re like me, you might feel the nagging voice in your head is telling you to get on with it, stop procrastinating, and start being productive. Well, I have procrastinated on more than a few things lately, and as crazy as it sounds, I was beginning to think my toilet was trying to tell me something. :)

Thanks to YouTube, I found out that my fix would be quite an easy DIY project, assuming I had diagnosed the cause of the problem correctly. So after I posted a picture of my broken toilet valve (which is what I hoped was the problem) on my Facebook page, I HAD to follow through. Nothing like social media accountability, huh?

fb post toilet

I drove down to the hardware store, bought myself a new fill valve (I did not know what that was until now), got back home to jump on some YouTube tutorials, then a 1/2 hr later, I was done! Mission accomplished!

OK, it was supposed to take only 15 minutes according to the box, but hey, I’m an amateur.

Here are some photos of how I did it.

shut off water

Step 1: Shut off the water supply and flush toilet to drain water (rags and a sponge came in handy).

remove water hose

Step 2: Remove water hose.

remove old one

Step 3: Remove old fill valve.

check parts and directions

Step 4: Parts and directions? Check!

critical level line

Step 5: Find the C.L. (critical level) line – important (hence the name “critical”, I guess)! The directions said that the CL line had to be at least 1″ above the top of the overflow pipe according to plumbing code. It was in BOLD and CAPS. I twisted the fill valve tube so as to get the correct height, hoping I was OK.

insert new one

Step 6: Position the new valve inside the tank.

attach on bottom

Step 7: Tighten (by hand only) the lock nut, under the tank.

reattach water line

Step 8: Reattach the water hose.

make sure tight before water back on

Step 9: Tighten the hose back onto the water supply.

all attached

Step 10: Reattach the refill tube (aka rubber hose) between the valve and the overflow tube.

check water level ok

Step 11: Slowly turn the water back on, check for leaks, and make sure the water stops below that C.L. and that’s it! Ready to FLUSH (I feel like that’s another metaphor…)

Well, that was seriously easy. The BEST part was it cost me $10.04!


Step 12: Bask in the glory of not having to call a plumber!

I wonder how many people put off fixing a running toilet, just like they put off attending to those little things in their life that they’ve been procrastinating about. I’m happy to say that this toilet is fixed! Now on to my “to do” list…

At last, I can settle in to my new space and be at peace.

2 thoughts on “Life is Sometimes Like a Running Toilet”

  1. Great job sis! I’m impressed, as usual!

    I just about GASPED (ok, I did) when reading about Jennifer Stuart and seeing that link to her blog. We follow each other’s blogs and twitter! Great minds!

    Hope you’re all settled and comfy. Will visit soon – and that toilet better not be running.. :)

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