My day took an unexpected turn as I found myself both infuriated with and distracted by a broken toilet. I discovered that the toilet in the bedroom wasn't flushing properly and quickly found myself obsessed with fixing it. Instead of finishing some reports and laundry I scoured the internet for YouTube plumbing videos. By mid afternoon Timmy and I were walking through the aisles of Lowe's in search of a toilet auger.
I have experience snaking showers and sinks, but I have never tried my skills on a toilet. With a brand new (and pricey) toilet auger in hand, I turned Polar Express on the television for Timmy and set out on my mission. After a few minutes of splashing in the cold toilet water I realized that the task was easier on YouTube.
It took me considerably longer than I anticipated, but my persistence paid off. By the time Timmy was watching the young lad return from his North Pole adventure (at the end of the movie) I had finally positioned the snake correctly within the bowl. I was soaking wet and my hands and wrists hurt (neither of which should happen if you snake correctly), but I had finally dislodged the obstruction. While I didn't dare examine the clog culprit, I glanced what appeared to be part of a diaper twisted into the snake coils.
Snaking a toilet is a disgusting job, but I felt a surge of satisfaction when the first flush was strong and complete. I saved a lot of money by doing it myself, and I learned a new skill. It definitely isn't my favorite activity, but I am happy to know that I was able to do it. Hopefully it won't take me two hours next time.