How I Made $500 By Fixing a Toilet
For some reason my wife appreciates it if I don’t take a whizz in the shower. It doesn’t really make sense to me, but I do my best to oblige (marital harmony and all that). Two days ago after doing everything in the spousal compliant manner I got out of the shower and the damn toilet is still running. We moved into our house two months ago and it’s been an endless string of minor repairs ever since. Add in two small kids, a full-time job, recovery from a recent bicycle mishap, and family visiting from out-of-town – life is full. BUT, there’s almost no repair task in a house with a higher rate of return than fixing your own shitter.
One of the things we’ll talk about a lot on MilitaryMillions is saving money. The most straightforward way of increasing your net worth, both now and in the future is to earn more than you spend. All things being equal, saving money = spending less which means a higher net worth. Plumbers don’t come out for less than $100. According to the website Homewyse the average toilet repair in my area is $200. That’s $200 today, but at a very conservative 5% return, it is $530 to future me 20 years from now. Even 20 years from now, that’s probably two days of care free retirement living – beer, steaks, and companionship (spousal type – don’t go crazy) included.
So to give future me 48 hours of happy living what did it cost me – $12 for a Fluidmaster Toilet Repair Kit, and about 15 minutes of entirely cuss-free labor. Fixing a toilet is stupid simple. The parts are standardized. The kits come with instructions in English and Spanish with pictures. YouTube has 342,000 (no kidding) results for “replace toilet valve”. Even if you have no idea what you’re doing, it’s a half hour job and say you totally screw something up, you can still call a plumber. The plumber will come out, install your parts and charge you $200. If that happens, don’t worry, we have a ton of ideas to save money. After all, this only bought a couple of days and a steak dinner with the lady who made me use the pisser before jumping in the shower.