Bag of Randomness for Thursday, September 15, 2016


  • I like to think of myself as being handy around the house, but a plumber, I am not. Many of you would have identified the problem immediately, but at least this is a life lesson for me.
    • There’s a rusty spot on the tile beneath the toilet in our half bath. Anytime there’s been a problem with a toilet, I’d replace the flush valve and that would solve my problem. And since the rusty spot was right beneath the flush valve hole, I thought that was all I had to do, thinking some metal component rusted out.
    • I turn the shut-off water value from the wall off and remove the toilet tank hose or valve hose. It’s one of those cheap contractor grade hoses that’s made of brittle metal, like this one.
      Well, after installing the new flush valve inside the toilet tank, it turns out the toilet tank hose broke. Time to go to the hardware store and buy a replacement hose, albeit, and more flexible and sturdy one.
    • Since I have to replace the toilet tank hose, I decided to also replace the old shut-off water valve to a more convenient quarter-turn version. I had some trouble replacing it due to the existing compression ring, which I decided to reuse, but I got it done.
    • When I hook it all up and turn the water back on, I notice a drip from the tank. Further inspection shows a very rusty bolt which attaches the bowl to the tank. So all the work I did wasn’t warranted, I just needed to replace the bolts which connects the bowl and the tank. Time to make another run to the hardware store.
    • I replace the rusty bolts that hold the bowl and tank together, turn on the water, and spot a small leak. I ever so gently tighten the bolt, but then the porcelain tank cracks. I wasn’t gentle enough.
    • Research tells me my Crane toilet tank is a 3.5-gallon flush tank. All that is available today are 1.6. So I can’t just by a replacement tank.
    • Time to buy a new toilet, but I can’t decide if I should just hire a plumber (Any of you Ticket listeners have Randy Cody’s number?).  And while buying something as simple as a toilet should be easy, I’m going to over think it and compare all the different versions.
    • I told the family to avoid using the half bath. DaughterGeeding promptly made this sign and hung it on the door.
  • In other toilet related news, Colin Powel’s son tried to sell his him a used toilet for $1,000.
  • Without giving it a whole lot of thought, I’m willing to bet that if Colin Powel entered the presidential race today, he’d beat both Clinton and Trump in the popular vote. But I’m not sure how the Electoral College would turn out.
  • I think I blacked out yesterday, and I wonder if it’s because of my new blood pressure medication. Yesterday was the first time I took it and then I worked out about two hours later, a moderate one in which I didn’t really push myself all that much. For my cool down, I stretch, and part of the routine is to hold a kettlebell over my head with both hands and lean back slightly arching my back. I never fell down, but all I know is that I lost my balance and for a few moments I didn’t know where I was or what I was doing. It was like waking up and not knowing where you are or the time or day.
  • YouTube – Ellen and First Lady Michelle Obama Go to CVS
  • The funniest line I heard on the season finale of ‘Better Late Than Never” when William Shatner decided to step in the ring with George Foreman was, “Punch him in the pacemaker!”
  • Ah, South Park….

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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, September 15, 2016

  1. kevin says:

    Keith- You can absolutely replace the toilet yourself. It just seems like a bigger job than it is. Also- you have done all the hard parts already. Just watch a few instructables and you will be fine.

  2. Triple Fake says:

    From the equity that he accumulated as Joint Chief, Sec'y of State, and architect of the Gulf War, I'm willing to bet that if Colin Powell was caught picking his nose while sitting through the national anthem, he would still handily beat both those clown candidates in the popular vote. And the Electoral College? Heck, they'd probably give him a tenured professorship, or sumthin! I'm not real clear on how that whole thing works, so I may need to do some research on that

  3. RPM says:

    Since you have to replace the toilet, go the extra mile and install one with a bidet. I liked Better Late Than Never much more than I thought I would. Excellent show. Speaking of excellent shows South Park hit the ground running. I have high hopes for this season. Be careful until you get used to your new BP med. It can definitely give you spells like that until your body adjusts to lower BP.

  4. John Mackovic says:

    – If Colin Powell entered the race today, he'd have a hard time getting on the ballot
    – I'm reminded of that episode of King of the Hill where they go to Mexico and try to smuggle home a non-low flow toliet
    – I cracked my toliet tank by overtightening a couple years ago. I just spread some caulk over the crack on the inside to prevent leaks and I've had no problems.

  5. towski says:

    If Colin Powell entered the race today, I imagine both candidates would just run a bunch of advertisements showing Powell's 2003 speech to the UN security council.

  6. Joe says:

    Were you breathing while you stretched? That might have been it.

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