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.