- From: BottleBob <bottlbob@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 04 May 2009 06:40:12 -0700
So, the toilet stopped flushing properly right about the time that Fran's white hairbrush came up missing. I asked her about it but it hard to get a straight answer out of her. The water would come up in the bowl and then eventually go down but leave behind some junk and toilet paper. And no matter how many plunger plunges I did there seemed very little difference. Put some Liquid Plumber in it and let it sit. No better. Put some draino in it - didn't do anything either.
I went online searching for info, and one thing they said could be the problem is the small siphon hole could be plugged up.
I broke one of my plastic coat hangers (I threw away all the metal ones months ago) to try and dig around but it just wasn't long enough or flexible enough to reach very far. Drained the tank, and took the holddown screws off and tilted the toilet off it's base. Dug around some with no success. Went to the neighbor downstairs and offered to give him 5 plastic coat hangers for one metal one. He went to look and came back with a metal one but it was so thick (like 3/16" dia.) as to need a vise and a piece of pipe to bend it. So thanked him anyway. Put the toiled back since we had to use it.
Then went to WalMart and got a pack of 10 for $1.59. So I unwound one, cut the end off, put a small hook in it and went excavating. It didn't bend very well but I did manage to scrape out like 75 cents in change that had been stuck and was corroded. It didn't help the flushing though. But I did seem to feel something that was caught in passageway.
Took the toilet off again, and turned it upside down in the bathtub and started digging around in the bottom. Felt like there was something in there but I couldn't "hook" it. I thinking this is going to run some big bucks to replace the toilet and have it installed.
So I raised the toilet up on the edge of the bathtub and a little step stool (upside down of course) to let gravity try and help letting whatever was stuck in there come out the same way it went in, and dug around some more. I could hear the piece that was lodged moving around but couldn't get it out. After futzing around I stuck my hand way up the bowl and felt something, grabbed it and pulled it out. *Waaa-La*, it was Fran's lost hair brush!
Put it all back together and hooked up the lines and it works fine now.
How's that for the excitement of the weekend, eh? LOL
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