It catches your personal attention. Nako-conscious ka. More than normal. That really, becomes disturbing. Lalu na kung it persists for long. Especially if you notice that it’s always wet! Even if you wipe the spillage. Something has gone wrong.
That is what happened last month in my bathroom. First, I started noticing the floor around the toilet bowl becoming drenched each time I pee and poo. I had to mop more times.
I was getting anxious. Worried that it might be dirty water leaking off the base of the bowl with every flushing. I had to survey the situation using the palm of my hand running all over the lower surface of my toilet bowl. Sinasalat. Trying to catch any wetness.
Argh! I was looking at the wrong place!
Only after 2 days, did I hear a hissing sound. Coming from my nearby sink’s left (“hot”) faucet valve. Apparently, the flow ripened.
I don’t use that faucet for 16 years na. As I am accustomed with the right-hand faucet spigot for my washing & brushing. Yet the former, not given any attention, caused me unwarranted trouble.
Tried to close tighten the valve to no avail. Iron rusty, hardened, and immobile due to years of no use.
Initially, the breakage was still itsy-bitsy. Gusto kong agapan kaya I got packaging tape to mask it, hoping to reduce the leakage. It did its job, able to temporarily lessen the spill. After 12 hours, it got worse.
I closed the main water service valve outside the house at night. I asked my sis for a plumber contact.
She knew of my problem and tried to help the next day as I was at work. Used pliers to force a turn. But, a bigger crack.
Kaya ko ‘to, I mustered inside me. So, I tried plumbing it myself. I WANTED TO SAVE MONEY. Prided telling that I’m intelligent and can learn to do this on my own. Flirted with the idea, then “Just do it!”
Removed the old valve, brought it to a mid-class hardware and asked advice from the manager. Bought a Php20 plug and Php10 plumber’s tape. At last, almost done. A success?
But the new valve won’t fit. It’s because the round metal slot was fragile and got pressed over when I wrenched out the valve.
The worst happened. Inalalayan ko naman gently. I had to remove the slot. An approximately, 2.5 inches (or so I thought) iron tube slot. It was also rusty, old and left a broken off end piece on the original plumbing structure which I realized of about later.
Back & forth I went to EK Hardware and got an Php80 3-inch (the real length) stainless slot. Again, I broke out some bouncers– of the cement inside and the tile around the problem area. Tried to chip off what’s left of the slot so I can put a new one I bought with the plug.
I also learned to use the delicate white plumber’s silicon tape to seal each screwing connection.
Although, I was feeling excited that I am about to finish the job, the black whole posed extra challenge upon using an old flashlight to peer thru it.
Alas! I admitted that it was already taking too much time, from fingering it from Friday night ‘til Sunday a.m.
My right index finger got blistered from being tainted with heavy rust and the constant poking through feeling out the rough slot remains inside the dark hole on the wall. Besides, my housemates were impatient that they can’t take their baths.
Humbled my intellectual erection and got professional help. I canvassed the cheaper service. I screened out both the TUBERO AD glued on lamp posts that charges a minimum of Php700 and the popular go-to fix-it guy with a Php500 service charge in the subdivision. As he and his family has a drug reputation and were kicked out as caretakers of the 2-lot China Bank-foreclosed property of Mr. Richard “Dick” Yap, across my house.
I went to the unassuming busy road, low-mid class community beside our village and asked from the local hardware there of any good plumber who lives nearby.
Along the esquinita by the third Meralco post on the first street from the guardhouse I found Mang Ariel who just came home eating lunch naked showing his big belly as it was a warm midday. I can tell that I had a premature coming. Allowed him to finish his lunch and I was getting hungry likewise. I ate at the karinderia by the electric post on a steamy chopseuy (mixed vegetable sautéed in chicken liver) rice meal at only Php 35.
After a quickie lunch, went our way home. I recounted to him my grueling experience and did most of the job already and the senior plumber finished my job. With dexterity from years of experience, he hammered out the stubborn broken metal tightly lodged on the teeth of the wall-embedded plumbing with a cement nail. Simultaneously, holding my flashlight to penetrate illumination on the deep narrow strip for the slot.
In less than 30 minutes, it was over. I didn’t ask him to clean up as he was panting from bending over too low. I did the cleaning later. He just picked up his tools after close-fitting the plug. Opened the main water service meter and Voila! What a sigh.
I paid him Php 150 and he didn’t ask for more nor did he complain.
Now, I’m assured of rust free water aside from the disabled water outlet. (Right valve was replaced within the past 5 years).
This is similar with our finances. We take for granted that we earn and spend. Money flows via us like water.
We don’t give much attention to managing it until we observe money spills. Wasteful expenses that are big. Things we buy that we don’t really use.
Or if you use credit cards, you get a monthly Statement of Account (CC-SOA). It records all your charges which you should ideally pay on or before the payment due date. At times when I see entries that are blatantly big, it alarms me to screw on the plug.
What do we do when we realize that our age-old money thinking is turning leaky against us? When it doesn’t help us save anymore? When our money mind is getting grumpy, hardened up by wasting precious long time working for money rather than money working for us?
Here are some tips to plumb up your Moneymind:
- Admit you have a leaky money problem.
- Assess the damage to your finance pipe.
- Prioritize your values. Look inside your true self and see what the important aspects of life you want to grow and spend on.
- Plug over your unnecessary flashy expenses.
- Remove clutter from your life. Learn to share your extras and have at least one advocacy you support. Maintain regular cleaning of your money plumbing. Or else you’ll drink rust-colored finances or clog your money pipes.
- Tithe to your faith organization. Assuring you are updated from the ultimate delivery flowing source.
- Budget your resources. Look for inexpensive ways of doing things. Be creative, self-sufficient and resourceful by asking ‘what if?’.
- Always seek out for integrity, credibility, honesty, and quality work so as not to waste time and investments.
- Even though others know your problem and offer suggestions, sometimes their good intention is mixed with foolhardy proposals. E.g. buy Lotto, jueteng, pera-miding schemes
- Ask for sound advice on what to do from experienced ‘professionals’. Learn from their wisdom—listening, reading, sucking all the financial knowledge as you can muster to date. Schedule seminar-workshop time and be deliberate to learn much so you can earn more.
- Lastly, if you get stunned on your way to success because you lack the expertise or experience, get the assistance of an authority in the field who is willing to lead you by the hand but not spoil you.
You must not give full control of your resources to anybody else even if they are good. Do not have another person manage your personal finance. You still should have full responsibility for your actions on your money. Personal finance is for your own personal use.
Or, you may be frustrated like me when I gave the reigns of my Php70,000 forex investment to someone that sweet-talked me and several others whom we trusted but didn’t deliver. Our money was eaten up by the volatility of this riskiest investment in the world in just two months.
From this school of hard-awakenings (leaky bathroom sink pipe and leaky money pipe), my takeaway is that I become a willing learner by doing it on my own while reaching out to be shepherded and then to shepherd others beside the still waters of true personal financial green pastures.#
Whatcha think mo?