Fixing My Toilet Ring for the Fourth Time

This month I had an issue with my plumbing that I’d like to share with you here. I think that this information might be able to help someone who has something similar going on.

We have a vacation home that is a cabin on stills. This matters because the plumbing is not underground, which actually made things a lot easier for us to figure out what to do.

The problem was that when we would flush the toilet, dirty water would leak out of the base of the toilet and stream out onto the floor in the bathroom. This was obviously gross and unsanitary. It wasn’t clean water from the tank, but was dirty water from after having used the toilet.

The bottom of the toilet is caulked to the floor. So, not knowing what I was doing, I just caulked it again. This looked like it worked. If you know anything about plumbing, you know it eventually failed. The caulking broke and the dirty water came streaming out all over the bathroom floor, which is made of wood. If it was tile or something else it might not have been as bad. Wood, though, can swell and warp if it’s exposed to too much water, further increasing the urgency of the situation.

After looking up some information online about what could be causing this, I saw that it might be the wax toilet ring underneath the toilet. The bottom of the toilet connects to the pipe in the floor and that wax ring gives it a nice seal. Or at least it did. The wax ring was likely broken and that was what was causing the leak.

So, I went off to Lowe’s to buy a new toilet ring and came back and installed it. It worked fine for a few days. Then, the same thing started to happen again! By now I’m getting frustrated. I thought I fixed the problem. Everything was working great and then the same thing occurs. These small projects are pretty easy to handle by yourself. If you have anything bigger, I recommend using a professional master plumber like Forthright Plumbing LLC.

old wax toilet ring for sealing

I go and buy another one at the hardware store, unscrew the toilet, pull it up, put the new one on and put everything back together. This works fine again for a few days, and then the leak happens again. By now I’m losing my patience with this.

The wax ring is supposed to provide a waterproof seal so that this doesn’t happen. The first one was broken which can happen over time. No problem. I replaced it and it broke. Then it happened again with the second one.

I decide to skip the searching and do a little sleuthing on my own this time. I put on a headlamp so I can see under the toilet and saw that the toilet would wobble a bit. I thought about how this might be breaking the wax seal. Even though I screwed the toilet down properly, that uneven wood floor was keeping it from being flush against the floor. This would explain why the toilet would work fine for a few days and then start leaking later. The wax seal would hold for a while. But, eventually, the toilet would rock back and forth enough to where the seal would break and we’re back at square one. That’s probably how the seal broke in the first place.

I then went under the cabin to see what I could detect under there. I asked my wife to flush the toilet while I looked underneath to see what was happening. Dirty toilet water was pilling all down onto the ground. That reveals it. Even after I repaired the toilet the bottom was not properly sealed against the PVC pipe in the floor. The toilet ring worked for a while, but it would break after some use because of the uneven floor.

I went back to the store to see if there was something else besides was I could use. I turns out that they now make a toilet ring made of plastic and rubber. So now it won’t break due to rocking caused by uneven floors. And, anything else that might cause the seal to break is no longer a problem. This thing holds in place just fine.

new toilet ring for better plumbing seal

I took it home, installed it and have not had any problems since. The toilet flushes fine. There is no streaming water inside getting all over and warping my wood floor. There’s no spilling onto the ground outside. The toilet just flushes and sends everything straight to the septic tank like it should.

BTS Haul – Phone Case and Other Merchandise

One of the best kpop fashion comes from a band you may have heard of called BTS. Just kidding, they’re huge and everyone knows who they are. If you look are their style you can definitely see the American rap influences, but modified by the very Korean kpop industry.

There are more American influences in kpop than ever before, however, you can see that that has been the case for a long time. BTS just happens to be the latest. The hats they wear are very nice. In fact, I did a BTS merchandise haul and will likely get around to shooting a video for it soon. For now, I’ll tell you about one of my favorite things about it.

My favorite thing that I got from this merchandise haul was the BTS phone case. A phone case goes with you everywhere. So, it’s a great merch to have if you want to take the boys everywhere with you. The phone case is something you’ll definitely get a lot of use out of.

How often do you use your phone? Like every 3 seconds?

Your phone is practically part of you so having a phone case you love is essential. Also, it helps to protect the phone itself. I’m not talking about those Otterbox, waterproof, crazy military-style cases. You can’t throw this phone case off a bridge and expect the phone to be ok. What I’m talking about is if you just drop your phone on the floor. As long as it’s not too big of a distance that it fell your phone case might protect it enough to where the phone is ok. I know that I’ve dropped my phone a few times to where I’m certain that if it didn’t have the case on it, it would have definitely broken the phone. It would have a least cracked the screen.

You can also get one of these super hard covers for just the glass. This won’t show anyone your BTS fandom, but it’ll protect your phone :p

The phone case I got has a picture of all the boys from BTS (until they go into the army) L currently and is a nice way to show off your fandom. There’s no mistaking who I think is the best kpop band in the world when someone sees my phone case. This is assuming they know who they are. And if someone doesn’t know who they are, I probably can’t be friends with them anyway. Here’s a look at some other stuff I’m considering: http://btsmerchandise.com/

The phone case that I got is the BTS members with a pink background. I think It may be from one of the artworks that come with an album. I’m not sure, because I only have their albums digitally. I thought about having the hard cd copy, too. But, I’ll have to save up for that.

My phone case has some nice cushy edges so that in case I drop it, it’ll be ok. This is a really nice feature of the phone case that I wasn’t expecting because I couldn’t see it on the picture on the website I bought it from. But, once you get it in person it’s obviously pretty sturdy. That’s a nice surprise!

Overall, I’m very happy with everything that I bought and the case has held up nicely after a week. You can usually tell the quality after about a week. By then, you’ll see what it’s made of and how resilient it is to scratches and dings. This one’s doing great in that regard, so I couldn’t be happier!

Hot Topic is a great place to get band merch.

So, there you have it. That’s my favorite item from my BTS merchandise haul this time. My favorite is the phone case. I also got some t-shirts, a notebook, 1 or 2 posters. The posters look awesome, but I haven’t had a chance to put them up yet. I need to make some space on my wall first, but it’s hard to decide who to take down! I want them all! I may start putting them up with just a bit of overlap. OR, I could maybe figure out a way to take a couple down and store them for later. Every time I take a poster down, though, the pate gets stuck on it somewhere and messes it up, but I’m sure that if I’m careful I can do it anyway. I may try cutting the tape with some scissors before I pull the poster off the wall and things get crazy. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Kpop Fashion and My Favorite Korean Things

One of my favorite things to do here in Snowhill is to tune in to some kpop videos on youtube. You can see some of the most interesting Korean fashion from your favorite kpop stars. One of my favorite groups is BTS. They, along with EXO, are probably 2 of the hottest Korean boy bands right now.

What’s great about Korean pop music is that there is always new fashion to enjoy. I know that I get bored wearing the same things all the time, so I’m always looking for new and exciting trends in the kpop fashion world. A great place to check out kpop fashion is kpopfashion.net. They show you where to find the latest fashion from Korea.

It’s great how you can buy clothing and merchandise just like your favorite artists online now and can have it shipped to you in a matter of days. The internet is fantastic like that. That’s a nice thing about being connected.

There has never been a better time to be alive than now! You can explore and go wherever you want in ways that 100 years ago would have been only possible for the super rich.

If I want to go to Korea, I can hop on a plane and be there in 14 hours! It only costs $2000 for a round trip and I can literally be on the other side of the planet in half a day. Korea is like a whole other world and for just a few thousand dollars I can be there tomorrow. I think that’s just great.

If I don’t want to actually travel to Korea, I can just log on to youtube and watch Korean videos! I can watch Korean TV shows and dramas, or I can watch travel videos all about Seoul and other parts of Korea. I can watch makeup tutorials about how to do my makeup in a Korean style. Anything you want to see, learn, or do, is just a few clicks away.

I think a girl like me living in Snow Hill would never have been able to enjoy any of the Korean things that I love so much 100 years ago or even 20 years ago. Even if I can’t go to Korea right now, I can watch my favorite travel shows, fashion shows, and learn everything I want to about the culture and the people.

I can explore all kinds of Korean fashion at http://kpopfashion.net and even buy them and have them shipped to me here in the US. I can buy dresses, shoes, jackets, etc. Anything that I see a kpop star wearing, I can just Google it and find out what it is and buy it for myself. If I can’t afford the real thing, I can buy a cheaper version! It’s awesome.

korean clothes

My favorite thing about Korean dresses is that they are cute without being overly done. Girls in Korea tend to wear their dresses short, and cover their arms. At least where I live, we kind of do the opposite. It’s interesting how the cultures differ.

btsSo, back to BTS, or the Bangtan boys. There’s some great places online where you can buy their official merchandise. This site talks a lot about where to go for different things like phone cases, t shirts, and posters. BTS continues to be a favorite, and I like to get my hands on as much bts merchandise as I can afford.

Here is a great video ranking the BTS member’s fashion:

Another great band is EXO. EXO is SM entertainment’s big boy band right now. While they did have some drama and lost some members, the band seems to be doing really well now. I think that come of the Chinese members of the group were upset that SM entertainment wasn’t letting them act in tv shows and movies. So, they got all upset about it, sued SM and then left. It’s too bad because now the remaining members are active in dramas. If the other boys had been more patient, they could probably be acting in dramas now, too.

Of course, I don’t know the whole story, but it’s sad to see that they lost the opportunity to be a part of this phenomenal kpop group because they were too much in a hurry to move to the next thing. If you look at Super Junior, they didn’t start acting until way later. At least they weren’t acting in anything good until way later. We don’t count the Super Junior movie… 😉

Anyway, Siwon is now a big movie star and he’s becoming a well-respected actor. He was in the big hit She Was Pretty with Park Seung Jae. His character was really great. Spoiler alert: He played this goofball the whole time, but in the end, he turned out to be quite a surprise. It turns out that he is this secretive super famous writer that lives in this upscale hotel. He ends up revealing his identity, which is a big deal, and doing an interview for the lead girls’ magazine to save the company. I don’t think I’m ruining anything… the drama has been out for years now, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you probably won’t.

It was a great drama, but remember that Super Junior came out like 10 years ago and only now is Choi Siwon acting in this blockbuster Korean drama. From what I understand, he is also very famous in China, too, for his acting. I heard he acts in the movies and they dub his voice. But, he does speak Chinese, but I guess he doesn’t speak it well enough for the movie. And I assume they don’t mind dubbing because they are probably used to it.

So EXO only had to wait a couple years to solidify their kpop band and now their members are acting in dramas. So, compared to Super Junior, I think they are on the fast track. It shows you that impatience can make you miss out.

exo saying thanks

The EXO merchandise you can get now is really cool, though. Their lightstick is sold out everywhere which is too bad because it was really cool how it worked. The EXO 2.0 lightstick was interactive and synced up with the stage lights and music at concerts. I can’t wait to see what the next EXO merchandise is going to be like!

Kpop Clothes for Your Whippet

Whippets are creatures of majesty. Just look at them! They’re like little greyhounds that trot triumphantly around the field. Whether they are solo, or traveling in a pack, they are about the coolest dog breed around.

The best whippets are the ones that listen to kpop, though. Those guys know what’s up! Korean pop music is all my whippets will listen to anymore. They’re really into Korean fashion as well. It’s about time more dogs started getting into more fashionable Korean clothes here in Snow Hill.

I dress mine in Seoul-style dresses and boots every day. They attract a lot of attention when I go for walks with them.

By the way, what’s a whippet? Check it:

Whippet Good