My Toilet Is Confusing Me.

Over the past few days one of my toilets had been giving me a bit of trouble.
Normally I could just push the handle down and let go. The flap would stay up until the tank was empty and I would get a complete flush.
Recently I found that the flap was dropping down too soon (almost immediately) so the toilet wouldn't flush. I had to hold the handle down for a little while so the flap would stay up and give me a full flush - not the whole time it took to empty the tank, but longer than just a single "push and let go."
This morning I shortened the plastic chain by a couple of links and it's back to flushing with a quick push of the handle.
I checked the plastic rod from the handle - it's straight and tight - and the handle isn't tilted in any way. As far as I can tell nothing has changed in the many years since the guts were installed, yet for some reason I had to shorten the chain to get the flap to stay up.
Any thoughts?
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DerbyDad03 wrote:

It's not an exact science.
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DerbyDad03 wrote: ...

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Rubber in the flapper stretched/deformed w/ time so in effect the chain had become longer.
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In that case, I better keep a close eye on things. If that keeps happening I'm going to run out of chain in 100 years or so.
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DerbyDad03 wrote:

You know what Twain said about the length of the Mississippi don't you??? :)
In reality, the symptoms are probably a combination of the deformation of the flapper and changes in it's hardness, some increase in weight due to collected sedimentation/lime deposits, etc., and a multitude of other small, individually, effects.
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Try this on your friends, especially the younger ones:
Ask them: Can you spell Mississippi without any i's?
After they struggle through M...ss..ss etc, put your hand over your eyes and spell Mississippi.
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<groan>
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If they're actually *from* Mississippi, they certainly can:
Ayumm, ahhh, ayess, ayess, ahhh ...
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On 1/23/2009 6:16 AM DerbyDad03 spake thus:

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Yes. My present toilet has always worked that way. Rather than even bother to open the lid and look inside, I've chosen to treat this as a feature rather than a bug; I can regulate the length of the flush by how long I hold the handle down (so long for #1, longer for #2, etc.). A true variable-flush commode.
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I just replaced both my screwed up Al Gore toilets with Toto brand toilets. The tank-to-bowl opening (plus flapper) is twice the area of the removed ones. The tank empties in about 2 seconds. With the water moving that fast, it sucks the flapper right back down if you don't hold the handle. But that is a very minor inconvience for a flush that works with the force of a garden hose.
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so you enjoy the noise of the totos jet takeoff?
not bad if you live alone, horrible if you have a 3 year old...
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"DerbyDad03" wrote:

You know that little guy in the boat inside of your toilet tank?
Sometimes he gets bored and tinkers with stuff.
Jon
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wrote:

I don't have a little guy in a boat inside my tank. The last time I had the tank open I capsized the boat and held the little guy under the water until the bubbles stopped. Luckily he was small enough to flush.
The boat makes a nice tray for jelly beans.
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Remove the flapper you dont need it, put in a clapper
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On Sat, 24 Jan 2009 01:11:59 -0800 (PST), ransley

more ransley rambling from and idiot. Bubba
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