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Noticed one of my toilet cisterns was weeping, so despite the weather being windy but otherwise great for a walk, I thought id just spend ten mins putting a new diaphragm seal in it.I took the unit apart to find it was nothing like the seals I kept in my toolbox. I went to the local plumber's merchant, who was very helpful and said if i knew the make he could order me one and it 'might' be with me in a fortnight. In other words I had to scramble about on the floor and fit a new inlet unit.

I hate plumbing but I had no choice, I wanted my water back on. Needless to say it was far from straightforward and despite being ultra careful I felt the other end of the pipe move ever so slightly. I had no choice now but to take the boxed in section it was in apart to check the joint. All was sound so now I'm having a quick cuppa before my much-reduced walk.

Ten minutes turned out to be four hours

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28th Sep 2020 17:04:08 (Last activity: 29th Sep 2020 09:15:34)
Thanks for voting!
Isn't that always the way? I tried to fix the brakes on my bike once, and ended up practically dis-assembling it! Brave you for tackling the job, but there is not much option in these times! Good luck for the next DIY job!!!
Response from Len45 Original Poster made on 28th Sep 2020 17:52:24
Ive never been afraid of tackling DIY but now realise Im not the man I was I'll keep a list of tradesmen in future. I do love working on my bikes though, are you a keen cyclist PurpleHat
Response from PurpleHat made on 28th Sep 2020 22:16:00 > @Len45
My balance is not what it was nor my knees, so behind the wheel or on my two feet these days!
My late other half was very handy though and taught me well. I still diy as much as I can with screwdriver and drill, shelves in the shed and greenhouse for instance! Gardening is my escape from not going out - again!!!!
Response from Len45 Original Poster made on 29th Sep 2020 08:14:49 > @PurpleHat
I've never been a keen gardener but my late wife was, so I just followed orders (very often misinterpreting them, to my cost). I do try to keep it tidy, though. I think its great if women get involved in DIY and usually are more precise and patient, plus its like men doing cooking and general house work. it means either can survive alone.
Response from PurpleHat made on 29th Sep 2020 09:15:34 > @Len45
I find the garden very therapeutic, I can potter out there for hours and forget the troubles of the world. It is very satisfying to eat something that you have grown or admire a flower and the wildlife too! My man called tulips daffodils and did not know a seedling from a weed, but he loved trees and the great gardens and we visited a good many in season.
As for DIY, I am sorry for the women who never drive, handle money or do things for themselves but rely on their man, I've had friends who have been totally bereft when left alone, while I helped to put down a garage base, and had fun while doing it and he with the ironing when necessary! Irreplaceable!.

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