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In which i’m on a plumbing goose-chase

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

Me:                  ok

Guy:                what type of toilet?

Me:                  Toto

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.




It will inevitably break and you’ll never find the part.  Buy cheap shit and just replace the whole damn thing.


Lynn out.

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  1. Vidya Sury
    September 13, 2012

    Oh God – I know all about that. It stinks when, for want of a nail, you gotta fight a whole battle! In our earlier house we went in for some special tiles and wasted days of our lives finding a replacement tile when one tile got effed up. Then there were kitchen tiles – those are not made any more – so we have different tiles on one wall (we were kinda broke when we had to have that done). But I did learn my lesson in the plumbing dept. Always buy local stuff. Specialty gets shitted out, that’s all. And at the same time, I keep a couple of flush mechanisms (the part we pull to flush) – and can replace them myself when necessary coz it is a pain to get the plumber who will then fleece me and act as though he did me a favor. Some day I should tell my husband how much I’ve saved him in plumbing costs. Hmm.

    Come to think of it, I’ve no idea what brand we have in one of our toilets. I’ll go check now.
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    • Lynn
      September 13, 2012

      hahaha…i’m gonna buy a bunch if i ever find the part

  2. Mayor Gia
    September 13, 2012

    Annoying. Its just the stupid lever. I hate it when companies make a product thats totally incompatible with 99.9% of the parts out there.
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    • Lynn
      September 13, 2012

      I know right??? still haven’t fixed it

  3. Theresa
    September 13, 2012

    Amazon!!! I types in Toto parts and VOILA!

    • Lynn
      September 13, 2012

      i’ll check it out…

  4. Julie
    September 13, 2012

    Every night when I wash the dinner dishes I can hear my 10 year old, deader than shit, state of the art Bosch dishwasher laughing at me. To have a repairman come out (just to look at it) will cost almost as much a getting a new one. I’m going to Sears.

    • Lynn
      September 13, 2012

      good luck with that

  5. Jester Queen
    September 13, 2012

    Too bad you can’t just order a replacement part online. So much easier than dealing with useless goose chases. At least the functional toilet is the one you use most.

    • Lynn
      September 13, 2012

      i might check that out

  6. Chloe Louise
    September 13, 2012

    It sucks!
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    • Lynn
      September 13, 2012

      i hate doing stupid stuff like this

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