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149. The Toilet Tank (2)
Henry went out to the front of the
building and turned off the main water valve.
one was home in the building except Stanley,
Henry didn’t have to warn the neighbors about
shutoff. Back in the bathroom, Henry flushed the
. Then he used a couple of rags to
and clean the bottom of the toilet tank.
unscrewed the plastic Fluidmaster 400A Fill Valve and
it. He replaced it with a new fill
. “When the water keeps running, it’s usually your
valve. It could also be the flapper, but
flapper looks okay. Plus, it’s a weird-looking flapper.
’d probably have to special order it.”
plastic nut below the tank, securing the fill
. “You mustn't over-tighten this, because it’ll break,” he
. “In the old days, we used rubber gaskets
metal nuts and washers. Nowadays, everything is cheap
.” He went back outside, turned on the main
, and returned. He flushed the toilet, waited for
bowl to refill and for the new fill
to shut off the water. It shut off
at the Water Line mark.
“We got lucky,”
said. “I don’t have to fiddle around adjusting
fill valve. That’s good, because I’m a little
for another job right now.” Henry flushed the
again, and watched the bowl and the tank
. "That does it," he told Stanley. Stanley thanked
and paid him.
Three hours later, Stanley noticed
puddle of water, hardly bigger than a quarter,
the bathroom floor. He called Henry, who said
plastic nut just needed a little tightening. But
he was working all that day on another
, he wouldn’t be able to come over until
. He told Stanley to put a big plastic
under the tank and not to worry. “It’s
a tiny leak. Your bathroom won’t get flooded.”