I fixed my own toilet.
There's little worse than the feeling you get when you push your toilet lever...and nothing happens. If you're a plumber, or mechanically inclined, this may not seem like a big deal. When you've never had to deal with plumbing problems before, it can get downright scary. I represent the later.
Using my instincts, I removed the top of the tank to take a look at the 'guts'. Here is what I saw:
|The tank is full and ready to go...or so I thought.|
Okay. Fine. So, lets give it a flush now, shall we?
From what I could tell, when you push the lever, it lifts a chain, which in turn lifts a plunger, allowing the water to drain down into the bowl and wash away all the evil-ness. But that wasn't happening here.
|Notice, that the hinge is now separated from the plunger thingy that holds the water in the tank.|
I removed both the hinge and the plunger thingy, reconnected them and clipped them back into place. After the tank filled again, I gave it another try - same result. Dang.
|The offending equipment.|
Okay. So reassembly wasn't going to work. I took the parts out again and headed down to the hardware store. But first, I expressed my true feelings to the failed plumbing hardware.
|Serves 'em right for making me stick my hands in a toilet tank.|
As usual, the local Ace hardware store had what I needed, and I was in-and-out in just a couple of minutes with a shiny new plunger thingy.
|Notice that it's ONE piece - no chance for separation.|
|Plunger up + water evacuating = SUCCESS!!|
|Aaahhh. To the Victor go the spoils.|
Sure. It's a minor victory, but it's still a victory. Yay.
That's all for today. I'll be back soon to talk about what to look for when you're trying to decide which race(s) to do.