As the world's worst driller, I often despair of my DIY and home maintenance skills, but sometimes I get it right. The feeling of being just a teeny bit competent is amazing.
It's a long story too, this toilet has been broken before and kindly fixed by a family member. But then earlier this year it broke again. I've no idea when it happened, and we just learned to live with it over the summer, even if it meant a reduction in visitor numbers, because "you can't expect my friends to put their hands in there to flush the toilet, Mum!"
I'd got to the point of calling a plumber and getting the whole thing replaced. It is old, probably leaks, and uses a worrying amount of water every time it's flushed. I could see the euros clocking up on the water tax bill.
But thanks to having a little free time now, I'm not constantly planning the next challenge, and I can think and observe things, even inside toilets. So this morning I had a look in the cistern, found the piece that had fallen off, and put it back on. But that wasn't the end of the story. There was nothing securing it in place. I was about to give up, when an idea popped into my head. What's the best friend of the novice DIYer? Well, apart from my old friend Blue Tak, it's Duct Tape of course. How I love Duct Tape, you'll find it all over my house, keeping things from falling apart. So I wrapped a little around the ... well obviously I have no idea what it is called ... and it worked! I have a proper working loo once again. None of the children have noticed yet. Or perhaps they are just conserving water...
Now I just need to find a brick.
Anyway, flushed with success, I got out my list, ticked off the toilet repair item and looked at what else needed fixing. I think I may be loo-sing the run of myself. Next time things could go horrible wrong.