I need a new plunger to unclog my American Standard toilet which is
ten years old and plugs up a few times a month (high fiber diet).
The one I have is made out of red rubber. It has a thin rubber
flange that can be pulled out but it no longer stays out. It is at
least 18 years old.
I went to the local Home Depot (a small one) and they have two
kinds. One is the same as what I have but made of black rubber. The
other is made of a more rigid plastic in an accordion shape with a
nozzle that is about two inches in diameter. Which is best? Is the
a better design that I could buy elsewhere?
Thank you in advance for all replies.
I am TERRIBLY cruel to my cat. I actually cut of the ends of
his toes. It\'s just the hard, dead part that grows back but
Just had problem last week at daughter's house...had one of the
accordian style which looked unlikely to work well owing to stiffer
bottom so picked up one of the bell style while getting some other
necessities to finish a tiling job before tackling that particular
Turned out for the particular toilet anyway the accordian style
actually worked much better than the traditional -- it did the job
quite nicely. I suspect results will depend as much on the design/
shape of the bowl as the plunger. The key is need whatever works
better to get a good seal for any plunger to be useful. The one real
advantage of the accordian style I did notice the others can't match
is the larger air volume available for compression which also seemed
So in summary I'd suggest trying the accordian style -- they're only a
few bucks, anyway, even if it doesn't seal well for your particular
I might suggest that you replace it. I'll bet it does not have a fully
glazed trap and likely has a trap with a 2 inch or smaller diameter. A well
design modern toilet with a fully glazed trap larger than 2 inches will
seldom clog even with lots of fiber.
The accordian style plunger is good. You might have some unknown
object stuck in the trap, that makes it plug up. Read this article
for help. http://www.helium.com/tm/191557
Also, the larger trap toilets are great, as long as the pipe under the
house is large enough so you don't get a clog there.
On Tue, 13 Mar 2007 05:52:23 -0700, Daniel Prince wrote:
I like the simpler bell shaped ones. I get scared the accordian will get
feces stuck up inside the ridges and start stankin. I got a somewhat
simple one with the open out bell at the bottom. Appearantly the regular
bell is for sinks, and the bell with the sleve thingy is for toilets.
On Mar 14, 11:10 pm, "James \\"Cubby\\" Culbertson"
I do too, since anytime I actually used a product they reviewed, I
almost always had a completely different experience and opinion.
I had a plugged up toilet that was almost up to the brim. There was no
way I could get that big accordian plunger in that thing without over
flowing it. I tried and tried. Finally I went to Home Depot and got a
bell shaped plunger. I was able to get that in the toilet and unclog
it without any over flow.
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