I have a 40 year old toilet. When you go to flush it, the
plunger either does not clear the water and you have to do
it again OR the plunger stays up and you have to giggle it
or open the bow and push it back down.
My wife whom I often introduce as my daughter is less than
pleased. How do I fix it?
How to repair a toilet (multiple pages):
Toilet tank repair kits including the ballcock assembly and flappers
are available at most hardware stores. It sounds perhaps that your
issue may be only with the flapper, or perhaps it's as simple as
adjusting the ballcock's float to allow a higher water level in the
As other responder notes you can buy kits or parts to fix anything on a
Local hardware store for me is great source of information and parts.
My solution, which is not DYI, with my old toilets has been to replace
I had one old toilet where I replaced every part except porceline but
age and arthritis have me hiring plumber to replace whole toilet for
about $300 including all labor and parts. Flush better, use less water
and, in our case, kinder to septic system.
Plunger? Do you mean flapper? Check the old flapper it may need
replacing. Sounds as if the chain between the flapper and the flush arm
needs to be adjusted. Tighten the chain a couple if links or beads and see
if that helps. Or replace the flapper.
The plunger is what you use when the plumbing is clogged.
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