Over the past few days one of my toilets had been giving me a bit of
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.
You know what Twain said about the length of the Mississippi don't
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.
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.
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.
"I know I will go to hell, because I pardoned Richard Nixon."
- Former President Gerald Ford to his golf partners, as related by
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.
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
The boat makes a nice tray for jelly beans.
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