148. The Toilet Tank (1)

Stanley had just finished brushing his teeth. He water flowing into the toilet bowl. That's strange, thought. The water continued to seep into the . Stanley lifted the toilet tank top. The tank half full, but the water was slowly rising. in the world is going on, he wondered. had not just flushed the toilet. He continued watch the water rise in the tank. The got up to the Water Line mark in tank, where it was supposed to stop rising. it continued to rise.
Stanley was alarmed. Is thing going to overflow, he wondered. He went his bedroom and grabbed some towels. When he to the bathroom, the toilet was silent. The had stopped rising at one inch above the line. But that was only about two inches the top of the tank. That was too for comfort. Stanley put two and two together. had heard water running for more than a now, but he had assumed it was his ’s toilet. Now he knew it was his own.
called Henry the handyman. Henry was a really guy. His rates were much cheaper than a plumber’s rates. Henry said he’d be over the day. The next day, Henry arrived only 30 late, which was “on time” for Henry. He to turn off the toilet tank shutoff valve the bathroom wall, but the valve was “frozen.” “ don’t want to mess with that,” he told . “That valve is too easy to bust, and would take a lot of work to put new one on.”