I now self-identify as a plumber

I’m sure I’m not alone in doing some minor “fix” which exponentially explodes into a full-blown project. That recently happened to me … AGAIN! The toilet in the half bath wasn’t doing a good job of flushing. It appeared that the fill valve was lower than it should be to allow the tank to fill with sufficient water. Several years ago my daughter had installed a Korky Quiet Fill in this toilet. It worked very well until recently. I suspected it had “slipped down”.

I turned off the water supply below the toilet then unscrewed the two attachments at the base of the tank. Then I pulled out the Korky unit and tried to extend the tube. It had ratchets that lock the tube in place once the right height is determined. Well as I was working with the height, the ratchets locked in place and I couldn’t get them to unlock.

I checked YouTube to see if there were any instruction videos. There are MANY! I picked this one from Korky itself. Notice that this video is 1.52 minutes long. In it the gal does the complete installation. Trust me … it takes longer than that! 🙂

Korky Quiet Fill ValveThe main thing I noticed from the video was that the ratchets on my old unit were different. I suspected there was a problem with the old design, so Korky revised the design. So off to Home Depot (my fav store) to buy a new unit. I put the new unit in with no problem being careful to position the height as instructed.

Then I reattached the solid chrome connector to the tank and the faucet bar. Once done, I turned the faucet back on. Water dripped from the tank and from the nut near the faucet knob. @#$%^&*!!! I won’t go thru the multiple steps I tried to fix the drips but let’s just say the toilet was out of commission for a few days.

toilet tank connectorBack to Home Depot where a terrific guy told me to use a flexible connector then throw the old solid one away. (The flexible connector has better washer system in it.) Voila! It worked great, easy to install AND it worked. No leaks!

I was so confident in my skills(?) that I bought another Korky and flexible extender for another toilet. Took me only 30 minutes this time and NO LEAKS! The extender I bought is a little longer than needed but I was afraid to buy too short cause I didn’t want to have to make another trip. I’m so proud of me!

NOTE: If any plumbers read this, you’re worth every penny! While I saved money on this project, there are a couple projects yet to do that I will need to hire a plumber because they’re beyond my ability. So there’s that!🙂

Time for End-Year Look at NICS Background Checks

The New Year is here … FINALLY! It’s time to review year-end results. The media will be doing a lot of this “Year In Review“. For me, I updated the year-end results of FBI NICS Background Checks. The two charts in the far right column of this blog show the most recent results for both the National and Ohio background checks.

There are two other graphs that I’ve updated from last year-end. Both these graphs compare TOTAL YEAR results for National and Ohio. Both charts show the effect of Obama’s years in office. There was an upward swing when he took office because he was known to be anti-gun, and recently said the one goal he wasn’t able to achieve was to take guns away from people. Time will tell whether the upswings continue under a President Trump.

NATIONAL NICS BACKGROUND CHECKS
NICS National Background Checks

OHIO NICS BACKGROUND CHECKS
In Ohio, the FBI did 480,144 more checks for 2016 than they did in 2009!
NICS Ohio Background Checks

As it has been said, Obama has been the BEST gun salesman in history.

Christmas Decorations Look So Pretty

The neighborhoods are looking so pretty with all the Christmas decorations on or around their homes. One of my neighbors put all their decorations up on weekend in November when it was 70°. They were smart. I was still mowing my lawn when they did it. I finally put mine up when it was in the 40’s so it wasn’t too bad. Mother Nature added her touch to the lights to make it extra pretty.
2016 Christmas decorations

I went to Meijers store to buy additional lights. While there I saw a new display that I actually HAD TO HAVE! It’s two dachshunds and it’s Murph approved. The only thing missing is the barking that doxies are known to carry to excess.
Dachshund Christmas light display

The best part of Christmas this year is that we are free to say …
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Finally … the Election is OVER!

Well the election is over! Thank goodness! I guess I’m OK with the outcome because I really, really did not want Hillary as President. Too corrupt, too many issues and I remember all the scandals when Bubba was in office. Didn’t want to go through that again.

The Democrats and some snowflakes – who didn’t vote – are having serious issues accepting the results. First they cried – then they protested – then they went into denial. The Mainstream Media were as bad as the Democrats – because they ARE Democrats. Conservatives weren’t happy that Obama won but we accepted the results and behaved as grown-ups.

Trump won the Electoral College votes by a very wide margin, securing 306 EC Votes. However, he won a vast amount of the counties in America. As this map shows, Democrats are the party of the coasts and some major cities. The flyover states that Dems typically look down upon, gave the presidency to Trump. The map below was posted on Twitter and soon went viral.
2016 Election Results by county

I’m not sure how successful Donald Trump will be as a President but so far things seem OK. The stock market is up because investors believe his business-friendly plans should spur growth. People’s optimism is noticeable. The people selected to be in his Cabinet so far seem to be good choices. World leaders have called him, hoping to work with him. Since many didn’t like or respect Obama it is encouraging that apparently the leaders view him as a force to contend with. Companies are already making pronouncements that they are considering bringing some of their jobs back to U.S. Lower taxes and fewer job-killing regulations will be critical to these jobs actually returning. Undoing all of Obama’s damage will be a daunting task but since much of his damage was caused by his hundreds of Executive Orders, President Trump can undo them all with a swipe of a pen. It’s very good that the GOP has majorities in both the House and the Senate.

For America’s sake, I pray President Trump will be a good POTUS – as President Reagan was.

Hillary belongs in jail!

The scandals continue …

  1. Cattle Futures
  2. Fired for ethics as Watergate lawyer
  3. TravelGate
  4. Blue Dress plus many others
  5. Stole Whitehouse furnishings
  6. Benghazi – 4 dead
  7. Benghazi – gunrunning to enemies
  8. Multiple questionable deaths of her enemies
  9. Secret Service reports of terrible temper and very foul mouth
  10. Disrespects various groups: Trump Deplorables, Bernie’s Losers, Bastard Catholics, Rednecks, Blacks = Super Predators, Needy Latinos
  11. Deleted State Dept emails
  12. FBI Investigation
  13. FBI Re-Classified some of her documents
  14. Quid Pro Quo arrangement with FBI
  15. Wikileaks revealing of emails
  16. 2nd FBI Investigation

………………………. and it continues!

Ding Dong … the Witch is back!

Hillary tree witch

Halloween will soon be here, so I put the “Witch” back up on the maple tree in my front yard. She’s adorned with Hillary’s logo and all the scandals she’s had during her career are hanging from her cape. Hillary has LOTS of baggage:

  1. Whitewater
  2. Cattle futures
  3. TravelGate
  4. Blue Dress
  5. Benghazi
  6. Deleted emails
  7. Wikileaks

Uh-Oh! I forgot to include “Furnishings Theft” when the Clintons took a bunch of furnishings that didn’t belong to them when they left the Whitehouse! Also forgot to include that she was fired – for lack of ethics – from the Democrat legal team that worked on Watergate.

P.S. I bought this tree witch last year from Amazon. I stuffed her with an old bed pillow, otherwise she’d be “flat”.