Special skills aren't really "Gifts" unless you give them away.
Yesterday, I shared my gift for household repair with my neighbor and when done, she said, "I feel soo stupid!"
The problem was the shower in her boys' bathroom had suddenly quit working two days earlier.
On my lunch break from The Paint Pit, I dropped by to see if I could help.
The valve operated properly ... generating cold and hot water from the tub spout. And the shower diverter seemed to be redirecting water to the shower head. But when the flow arrived at the shower head, it stopped completely.
Simple! Right? Remove the head and unplug the low-flow (water conservation) port in the neck of the shower head.
A good conclusion, except that, while removing the shower head, I noticed that this head rotated clockwise and counter-clockwise to set the shower to massage, pulsating spray, etc.
With this revelation, the gears in my brain clicked into 4-wheel drive (ergo the descriptor gear head) and I immediately knew the answer didn't require that the shower head even be removed.
I removed the shower head anyway. Tested the water flow from the shower arm ... from which water flowed freely (without the shower head installed). Applied Teflon tape to the threads and replaced the shower head.
When I turned the valve on and clicked in the diverter, water still did not flow from the shower head but no leaks occurred.
Just as I suspected!
Turning the shower head counter-clockwise one "click," I disengaged the "Soap Up" setting on the shower head and water flowed freely.
A few minutes later, my neighbor stopped her vehicle near the end of my driveway and said, "That was quick! My kids just called to say you were there. Does it work? What do I owe you?"
Joking, I said, "Three Million, Five Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars."
Then I proceeded to explain the "Soap Up" solution.
A peculiar look came over her face and she said, "I feel soo stupid!"
Hardly the most brilliant repair discovery I ever made, but very functional.
Most important to me was her willingness to ask me for help ... after all, special skills aren't really "Gifts" unless you give them away.