One of the things that many homeowners did during the pandemic was to do some home repairs around the house. I recently was talking to a contractor friend of mine and I asked him if he was keeping busy during these difficult times.

He said, "Glenn, believe it or not, I've been busier fixing other people's do-it-yourself home repair projects than anything else." I told him that's why I let the professionals do it because I know that I will only make things worse.

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What I didn't tell my friend is that I'm not very good at fixing things at all. In fact, I just hurt my back while I was putting dishes away. I guess that's what happens when I help around the house.

Are you one of those Do-It-Yourself home improvement project people? Have you tried to fix your leaky toilet with little success? Maybe this can help. October is "National Toilet Tank Repair" month and it's about raising awareness of the amount of wasted water that can result from a leaky toilet.

According to On The House, flushing the toilet accounts for over 1/3rd of the household water that we use. They also point out that the average leaking toilet wastes almost 80,000 gallons of water per year. When they say "wastewater," they weren't talking about your leaky toilet.

The 80,000 gallons of water that you are literally letting go down the drain could fill two swimming pools in your backyard. Yikes! If you're determined to fix that leaky toilet yourself, then go here for some hints to see what might be wrong and how to fix it.

Or if you're like me and you want to save water, time, your dignity, and a lot of aggravation, call your favorite contractor so they can do it right the first time. I tell myself that it's my part of helping the local economy.