If you are what my Dear Old Dad would call, “a good old slob”, or are not artistically inclined, then perhaps the part of a plumbing job that most scares you into calling a professional is the thought of making a straight cut on a piece of pipe. To others, this seems like such a…Details
Last week, we discussed the multitude of choices in bathroom faucetry. Now that you’ve selected one and bought it, let’s install it. What You’ll Need When you buy the faucet, you should ask the plumbing clerk to set you up with some new sink riser tubes (small pieces of tubing that connect your…Details
Copper theft, as reported by CNBC, has become an epidemic, plaguing nearly every community in the country. The prices fetched for used copper have risen dramatically over the last decade or so, making it very enticing for both criminals and otherwise good people in a bad economy, looking for ways to garner some extra money.…Details
At the Legendary Home Services, we are all about educating the public on everything plumbing related. We feel that this knowledge is especially important when it comes to something really scary: plumbing emergencies. Emergency plumbing needs attention fast, especially when you can’t find the valve to shut the water off, or worse, you’re not even…Details
If you’re going to take care of some of your own plumbing jobs, then you’ll need access to some tools. You won’t need too many specialty tools to tackle most household projects, but a few key pieces definitely come in handy, and those are the tools we’ll cover here. The Basics You will…Details
You pull the lever, hear the swoosh, watch the whirlpool, and everything disappears. It starts to fill, you close the lid, wash your hands, the noise comes to an abrupt stop, and it’s ready to go again just like magic. Only it’s not magic. There are parts coming together like a fine-tuned symphony orchestra, making it all work.
There are several different types of toilets and flushing assemblies, but for now we’re going to focus our attention on the good old toilet tanks that we grew up with.
Let’s Here Some Music Maestro
It starts with the handle. The handles themselves, aside from styles, are pretty much the same. They mount on the front or the side, and attach to a metal or plastic strip that reaches towards the middle of the inside of the tank. Here, typically a chain dangles from it. Sometimes as in figure 2 below, there is a rod that does the same job and will have similar adjustments to those we’ll discuss with the chain. The chain or rod hangs down and attaches to the flapper. If your toilet handle ever pulls too freely and the toilet won’t flush, the chain or rod has probably become detached. The flapper mounts to the flush valve seat, which is part of the mechanism that mates the toilet tank assembly to the toilet bowl assembly. If your toilet runs constantly and seems to flush a little on its own intermittently, you should try wiping the flapper down with a rag or replacing it. Like cheddar cheese crackers, there are dozens of styles, colors, and brands of flappers to choose from, but when you get down to it they’re all basically the same. You’ll want to adjust the length of chain from the handle assembly to ensure the flapper opens wide enough and long enough to give the toilet a good flush, but not so long as to get caught under the flapper when it slams shut. If the water runs constantly and your toilet won’t fill, this is the most likely cause.Details