Monday, January 28, 2019

January 28

Yesterday, I fixed one of the toilets in my house. It probably sounds like a small thing, and in fact, the entire repair took less than 90 seconds. All I did was detach the rubber flapper and chain in the tank and install a new flapper and chain. But I am not a handy man. Handy man projects intimidate me. They always have. My father? Now *he* was a handy man. He owned lots of tools and knew how to use them. Me? I was a constant disappointment to him because I never got past the difference between a flat head and phillip's head screwdriver. 

He would not have thought twice about such a simple repair, he would have just done it. I, on the other hand, watched three how-to You Tube videos, fretted over cutting off the water supply to the toilet, bought a backup flapper in case I screwed up, and fumbled with the links in the chain to get the right fit. But you know what? I did it. A small victory.

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