I’d literally just stepped up to the bar to order a drink when my phone rang, and kel asked “Where’s the water mains?”. Knowing that she probably hadn’t chosen that moment to be curious about the tap that shuts off the water supply to our house, I asked a few more clarifying questions.
A couple of hours later, we’re at Bunnings. The friend I’ve met up with for dinner good naturedly goes along to Bunnings in his suit with me, and we wander around, looking for whatever we’ll need to fix the situation. Not content with just a washer, in case we can’t get the tap opened up, Kel points to a tap that she thinks will be the right size.
We drop my friend home, then head back to the house. Kel parks so that the high-beams are illuminating the tap, and I go to work – removing the new shifting spanner from its packaging, opening up the plumbers tape, taking off the tap, checking to see if it fits – it does! – applying the plumbers tape, screwing the new tap into place.
Kel turns the water back on, we test the tap, and it’s all working. Now, I can add “moderately successful home plumber” to my list of skills.