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Can I just tell you how annoyed I am right this very second? Of course I can. Ya know why? Because this is my blog and I can write whatever I like. Here’s what’s going on. It’s plumbing parts. Pretty fascinating right?
Kevin and I have built two houses since we’ve been together. I personally love building houses. I mean, I don’t actually use the tools to build the houses but I love being involved and picking out all the stuff and basically hounding the general contractor.
We’ve been in this house about 10 years and we’ll probably stay here for quite sometime. After all, while it’s a little large now it’s on a lot of land and there’s a 3-acre common meadow across the street from us. In other words, it’s beautiful.
But we’re at the 10-year mark and things are starting to fall apart and THAT’S why I’m annoyed. By the time we built this house, we didn’t need to use the cheapest fixtures and accessories. So instead of the standard toilets we used Toto. (Well, I think they’re called Toto. Now that I’m writing this I’m not completely sure. It could be Toyo. I’ll check later)
These were “high-end” toilets and were really good with low water usage and generally quieter and all that other bullshit they told us when we bought them. So they’re quiet and efficient and all that crap but they still break, pretty often actually.
So, Kevin’s a fairly handy guy and the other day one the toilet in the powder room (why is it called that? Who uses powder anyways?) broke and Kevin changed out the part with another toilet that doesn’t get used much. Pretty smart huh?
So inevitably, Kevin wrote me a list and on the list was replace the part. So it’s this stupid little part that attaches to the handle to flush the toilet and I avoid doing it and avoid doing it and today I thought “what the hell?” and decided to go to Lowe’s to get the part.
I worked out and then went to Lowe’s and I’m in the plumbing area and its all quite confusing and I see a Lowe’s lady and I ask for help:
Me: I’m looking for this part (show her the part)
Lady: all those parts are here
Me: do I just look through them all? (thinking … this is gonna suck)
Lady: front or side mount?
Me: (all proud of myself) side-mount
Lady: what color is the handle?
Me: (shit! I have no fucking clue) I’m not sure
Lady: is it chrome?
Me: (still thinking) it could be
Lady: Well, it makes a difference
Me: Well, I’ll call my husband (so I do and of course he doesn’t answer … he never answers)
Me: hmmmm … no answer. It’s for a Toto toilet
Lady: oh. Why didn’t you say so? We don’t carry those.
So then I’m all bummed but I’m determined to get this done so I go down the road to Ferguson’s Specialty Plumbing store where I’ve gone before when I’ve had plumbing issues with my Specialty plumbing bullshit.
Me: hello. So I need this part
Guy: hold on. I’ll check it out
Guy: what type of toilet?
Guy: Oh. Hold on
I hold on and he comes back and hands me an address of a place way out in the middle of nowhere that I’ve actually passed about a million times in the last two weeks because I’ve driven to Raleigh and/or Duke and back 4 different times (both directions which is actually 8 times I’ve passed this place) and tells me to go there because “maybe they’ll have the part” so then I’m all annoyed and I thought “fuck it.”
So I came home and decided that writing this post was a much better use of my time. What do you think? Better writing a post than fixing the toilet?
However. Lesson Learned.
NEVER BUY ANYTHING HIGH-END FOR YOUR HOUSE.
It will inevitably break and you’ll never find the part. Buy cheap shit and just replace the whole damn thing.