So where do I begin? I will tell you what I am not. I am not a plumber and a few weekends ago I realized I have put my grease monkey tools away! That is an interesting story in itself. So my son has had a broken exterior handle on his older Honda civic. I had mentioned I could fix it since years ago I have fixed my Honda Element window regulator and it takes a similar amount of taking apart to fix the handle. My son was hesitant and well I can’t blame him it is his only car and the ability to enter the driver’s side is an important option on all cars! So I began the process and could not find one you tube video to my dismay that covered the entire process for his car. I proceeded not letting that bother me and viewed multiple clips and began. I got everything apart down to removal of the window and then viewed another clip and the level of the window is a vital part to removal. This was nice since I had the battery disconnected. Any how I got the window out and proceeded to remove the lock set. Well this was not budging. After all my struggle I had to say uncle. My son came out and gave it an attempt and we could not get it to budge. We both gave up and I began replacing all the parts feeling rather bummed about not being able to get one part of about twelve to fix the handle. As I put the inside panel back and began working on the lock my son came back out. He asked if I needed help. I told him I was having trouble getting the panel to fit tight at the bottom. He tried to secure it and then the door swung partially closed. Now this should not be a problem because you cannot lock his car without using the key for the driver’s door so I had the key sitting on the front seat the entire four hours. Now we were locked out of the car. I noticed that the locking mechanism for the front door had not slide through the opening and was jammed down in the panel. This was not a good situation. We attempted to unlock the car with the wire method. Finally my son mentioned that he thought he could hook the wire around the keys and pull it to the partially open door. After much trial and error he hooked the key but getting it out through the door was a challenge. We finally got the keys out of the car and still could not unlock the driver’s door. We got in through the passenger side and now instead of an exterior handle issue we have locked door issue. After much trial we figured if my son pushed the unlock I could quickly open the door with the broken exterior handle before the stuck locking mechanism stuck in the panel relocked the doors. I got into the driver’s side and removed the panel and got everything back together. It was five hours of work to be back to square one, the exterior door handle is broken. Well onto the title to this blog which has to do with water conservation.
This morning I decided I would finally fix my running toilet. I had turned the water off and then I had turned it back on to see how it functioned before I tried to fix it (this is the part I forgot). I quickly remembered as the water started shooting up to the ceiling and giving me a quick shower. I quickly turned the water off again. Continued to take the float portion apart to rinse off the rubber gasket. I pieced it all back together and it worked flawlessly! Now I had been thinking it was time to wash down the walls in my bathroom but had not gotten to it. So fixing the toilet gave me the opportunity to wash my ceiling and my walls while conserving water! It was a win win situation. I would not suggest this method for fixing your toilet and getting your bathroom walls clean but in Maine you use the resources that are before you in a pinch.