148. The Toilet Tank (1)
Stanley had just finished brushing his teeth. He
water flowing into the toilet bowl. That's strange,
thought. The water continued to seep into the
. Stanley lifted the toilet tank top. The tank
half full, but the water was slowly rising.
in the world is going on, he wondered.
had not just flushed the toilet. He continued
watch the water rise in the tank. The
got up to the Water Line mark in
tank, where it was supposed to stop rising.
it continued to rise.
Stanley was alarmed. Is
thing going to overflow, he wondered. He went
his bedroom and grabbed some towels. When he
to the bathroom, the toilet was silent. The
had stopped rising at one inch above the
line. But that was only about two inches
the top of the tank. That was too
for comfort. Stanley put two and two together.
had heard water running for more than a
now, but he had assumed it was his
’s toilet. Now he knew it was his own.
called Henry the handyman. Henry was a really
guy. His rates were much cheaper than a
plumber’s rates. Henry said he’d be over the
day. The next day, Henry arrived only 30
late, which was “on time” for Henry. He
to turn off the toilet tank shutoff valve
the bathroom wall, but the valve was “frozen.” “
don’t want to mess with that,” he told
. “That valve is too easy to bust, and
would take a lot of work to put
new one on.”