Several weeks ago my toilet started hissing at me. Now, I'm no plumber, but I do know that a hissing toilet is not a good thing. So, I did what any environmentally conscious non-plumber homeowner would do: I turned the water supply to the toilet on and off each time I used the bathroom. Now, as you can imagine, that got pretty old. Honestly, I was buying time trying to figure out who my victim was going to be to help me figure out what was wrong with the toilet and fix it.
But, no victim presented himself to me, so I decided to consider tackling the toilet repair myself. First, I took the lid off the tank and attempted to familiarize myself with the parts of a working toilet and what they each do. I've found that, in DIY, if you're attempting to repair something and you actually know how it is supposed to work, you're miles ahead.
I never considered myself a plumber, but I suppose I should add that to my resume. This is a good thing, since we'll be getting a new dishwasher soon (RIP Frigidaire), and it will need to be hooked up. Tell me: is a dishwasher any harder to hook up than a toilet? I have a feeling it is...