I find when I take a break from something that is proving difficult, I can come back to it with fresh eyes & fresh ideas.
I never really understood why until recently though.
Your subconscious mind will continue to process, sort and file away information you have absorbed during a task. It will also keep processing / iterating / working on things you've not yet solved.
This is often referred to as "attention residue" & normally regarded as a drawback of context switching. And it is when you are switching form one important task to another.
However when you move on to something completely unrelated - like tapping a hole, or fixing a tap, or whatever, as long as you are being safe it's ok for your subconscious brain to continue shuffling the information of the previous task.
When you come back you may find new possible solutions to explore, or have a better grasp of the problem itself.
This subject came up in a Basketball coaching newsletter I subscribe to. The writer was talking about not overloading the players with too much information.
Their suggestion was to share one piece of knowledge or skill, practice that for a little while, then move on to something else.
Then later, come back to that first thing. Nearly all players will have got better at it, as their subconscious ruminated on it while they performed other activities.