Joys of Owning a Home


I am sure that most houses have their subtle sounds that the homeowner is aware of and just shrugs off as being part of the house.  It might be a creaking floorboard.  Maybe it is the sound of the wind coming through the not quite fully sealed window.  Most sounds can be ignored and nothing major needs to be done.

I wish I could say the same for my problem.  It started a few days ago.  I had gone to bed early because I was tired.  I thought I was in a sound sleep when I heard the commode flush.  Just Kathy in the bathroom I thought, but why was she using the one in the powder room?  Oh, well.  I went back to sleep.

The next day Kathy and I were  sitting having breakfast.  The commode flushed again.  We were both there so it wasn’t us.  The cats were waiting for their milk so they didn’t do it.  There was no one else in the house that I knew of so who flushed?  Do we have ghosts?  Did some phantom flush just to let us know we are not alone?

What should I do?  Well, I chose the only logical path…ignore it and it will go away.  I ignored, but it did not go away.  In fact, the flushes became more frequent.  We had a phantom flush that needed to be dealt with.  I could call a plumber or I could go to the hardware store and get a new flapper unit and fix it myself.

Here is the culprit.


Maybe if I dumped those jugs of kitty litter into the tank that might solve the problem.  No, I guess it would just make matters worse.

So, this morning I went to the hardware store and bought this.


I like the words Easy Install.  We will see.  You now know what my project for the afternoon will be.  Wish me luck.  Who knows.  May it will lead to next week’s post.


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14 responses to “Joys of Owning a Home

  1. Ah, the troubles of homeowners – I know that well. I am in the middle of construction and the fluid in my kitchen sink would not go down.

  2. BEWARE! That “Easy Install” may be deceiving if the first language presented in the directions is NOT English!!! The joys! The trials! The tribulations! But what pride when the family gathers! ❤

  3. Judy C.

    Wishing you lots of luck on your “easy install”. Home ownership seems to include all sort of projects and they are never ending.

  4. I know you will approach this task with zeal, or maybe not so much. I have come to realize that ignoring an issue will not solve the problem, so now we try to head those issues off at the first symptom. Good luck!

  5. Thank you. I just read the instructions and I think I will need it.

  6. Yes! One thing also leads to another. I thought we were only fixing the window trim, but now the wood rot has spread, which means we have to fix the clapboards, which means we have to repair the plywood… glass half full: we have a home! Good luck with your “easy fix!”

  7. HA…nothing like a good toilet tale!

  8. Lisa Corbett

    I’ve done a repair like this before. You’ll figure it out! And save yourself a bunch of money…to use on the next house problem.

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