NOB HILL--Long before the invention of the wheel, the inhabitants of this planet noticed that some things float. And sometime between this observation and when Michael Corleone emerged from a restaurant bathroom with a loaded revolver in The Godfather...sometime in there, men started sticking their heads into tanks and playing around with their float valves. Yes...finally something that men have understood since childhood: floaters.
Crappers and Flappers
Thomas Crapper’s invention of the floating ballcock still keeps us men busy. In my own case, a friend inspected my hard to reach float valve and recommended replacement of that and everything else that moved inside the toilet. So we did.

But that led to another problem. My flapper was no longer sealing. It leaked a little and wouldn’t stop. It only quit when someone pulled the chain a little to one side.

My intrepid friend made a device from two clothespins and a dowel that solved the chain problem. Now, however, the flapper did not get vertical enough to allow a full 1.6 gallon flushing.

Currently I have the tank top resting on a corner of the lavatory sink and I address the leak situation with the chain-pull method. This is okay by me, but MaryAnn says I should probably find a better solution before we have guests over for a potluck in 10 days. Any suggestions?

I guess the only good thing about toilet repair is that it belongs in that category of Men Vs. Machine where nobody wants to mess with you. When a person takes the cover off his/her toilet tank, everybody else leaves the room.

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Comment by SoyJames on April 15, 2008 at 9:04am
The problem I've had with toilet flusher fixings is the materials. With what you have now, I would expect that those metal springs on the clothpins (and possibly whatever doohickies you have there holding the dowel) to corrode rather quickly, rendering your fix temporary. Not that it works well now, but just for future ideas.
Comment by Brendan on April 15, 2008 at 9:48am
You can buy a flapper with an adjustable "float" time, but is it really a problem if all 1.6 gallons don't go down the drain? Ever see one of those wc's with two modes that you choose depending upon need (Strongly associated with legendary Japanese wc gadget options) - you get the same effect by holding the handle down.

Whatever you do get rid of the wood in that tank. It will rot and cause problems for you. If the flapper isn't sealing correctly make sure the hinge is correctly engaged on both sides. If one side is a little off you won't get a seal.
Comment by Jake on April 15, 2008 at 10:43am
Don't forget to swap out the bumwad. Looks like you are low.
Comment by Khan on April 15, 2008 at 12:26pm
Bumwad?
Comment by Honcho on April 15, 2008 at 1:09pm
Johnny, you need a longer lever arm on the toilette flush handle so it's pull is straight up from the flapper. Maybe you can buy one with a longer arm. I've noticed several different lengths on replacement levers at the "big box" stores. Or, you could "bolt on" something to your existing arm. Don't use iron or steel, they will rust like crazy.
Comment by Lauren on April 15, 2008 at 8:18pm
No, go with a Toto. We had one in a house we owned previously and it worked great. When we had in our current home what sounds like the problem you're having now, we replaced the cheapie that came with the house with a Toto. Like Rodney's Gerber, this thing flushes everything, everytime. Since we're on the fast track to senior citizenship, we got one of those ADA types that are a couple inches taller than the standard toilets. Spend the money. Think of it....what other appliance do you use most in your home? Probably only your sink and faucets. You'll thank yourself everytime you sit down.
Comment by Lauren on April 15, 2008 at 8:19pm
Oh, before we bought the Toto we tried the home repair/handyman thing and cracked the tank. So much for that.
Comment by Adelita on April 15, 2008 at 9:13pm
Man, I love reading all this crap! hahahahahahahahaha. Sorry folks, just had to do it.
Comment by mombat on April 15, 2008 at 9:52pm
Khan- I think he means the toilet paper.
Comment by SoyJames on April 16, 2008 at 8:10am
OK, I'm almost sold. But there appears to be only one place in New Mexico to purchase these. How much do they cost?

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