|Posted by Eggroll Creative on November 21, 2015 at 2:25 AM|
Some years ago, my husband bought a Glacier Bay Flapperless Toilet for one reason and one reason only . . . it was guaranteed to flush when you pushed the handle. He was tired of toilets that kinda-sorta flushed, and then wouldn't flush until the water refilled. Fast foward a couple of years later, and the valve started to fail . . .
At first I jiggled the handle. When that no longer did the trick, I remove the lid after each flush and lifted the lever inside. Eventually, the sound of a running toilet could not be stopped. My husband began fretting that the septic tank would fill up.
A tiny plastic zipper bag -- the kind you might put a pair of earrings in -- gave me what I thought was a brilliant idea. I filled it with air, so it became a little floating pillow under the lever. I was so proud of my brilliant idea. Unfortunately, I didn't realize it would flush into the works of the toilet the very next time it was used. After that, I tried hooking a hanger around the valve. That seemed okay for a few days. Unfortunately, the tugging action of the hanger eventually pulled the box at the end of the valve completely off . . . and it flushed down into the works of the toilet just like the little ziplock baggie did.
And now the toilet was clogged.
My poor husband fiddled and tinkered and finally got sick of my offering unsolicited advice. He asked me to leave. When I peeked in a few minutes later, the toilet was sitting in two pieces in the bathtub. It was quite a nasty mess. My husband was really frustrated. When I suggested he use the hanger to fish out the valve, I was surprised when he actually gave it a try and pulled out . . . the deflated zipper baggie! A little more fishing around and he finally found the valve box.
While he re-installed the toilet, including a new wax ring, I cleaned up the mess and sterilized the tub.
Then I broke out laughing.
"What's so funny?" he asked me.
"After all of that work, we still have a broken toilet!" I howled.
He sighed, and shut off the water valve.
The sound of a running toilet stopped.
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