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Old 08-20-2013, 09:13 PM   #5261
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Danged wrist is hurting more. The new topical anti-inflammatory only works for about 2 hours and only does a half arsed job at that. And I bought the wrong kind of flapper for my toilet. Not a happy camper.
Sorry about the wrist. I hate when a doctor practices conservative medicine. I am in pain, dang it! Fix it!!

Okay, what is a flapper? It sounds like a dance you do around your toilet.
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Sorry about the wrist. I hate when a doctor practices conservative medicine. I am in pain, dang it! Fix it!!

Okay, what is a flapper? It sounds like a dance you do around your toilet.
The flapper is that piece of rubber that the chain pulls up to let the water out of the tank.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:02 PM   #5263
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The flapper is that piece of rubber that the chain pulls up to let the water out of the tank.
I haven't seen one of those toilets in years. They are now illegal here in the U.S. Folks will go to Canada and buy your kind of toilet. Then they get stopped at the border (even before 9/11) and it would be confiscated. The new ones use less water for one flush, but sometimes it can take two or more flushes to get everything gone. There is just not enough water in the tank to do the job. So where is the water saved there? You can't even go to a junk yard here and buy one. Spike pulled one out of a house that was being renovated. He had to take a sledge hammer to it for the rubbish company to pick it up. It is considered illegal contraband and must be destroyed. Who would have thought a toilet would become a tool of the enemy.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:16 PM   #5264
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I haven't seen one of those toilets in years. They are now illegal here in the U.S. Folks will go to Canada and buy your kind of toilet. Then they get stopped at the border (even before 9/11) and it would be confiscated. The new ones use less water for one flush, but sometimes it can take two or more flushes to get everything gone. There is just not enough water in the tank to do the job. So where is the water saved there? You can't even go to a junk yard here and buy one. Spike pulled one out of a house that was being renovated. He had to take a sledge hammer to it for the rubbish company to pick it up. It is considered illegal contraband and must be destroyed. Who would have thought a toilet would become a tool of the enemy.
I guess I didn't explain it very well. It's a standard part on most toilets, not just Canadian toilets. This is what the one I should have bought looks like:


That's from Home Depot in the US. Korky Plus 2 in. Toilet Tank Flapper-2001CM at The Home Depot
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:20 PM   #5265
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Thanks Dawg.

I would feel silly asking Stirling to do it. It's got to be the simplest plumbing job ever. I just slip the old flapper off two little posts; slip the new one in place; and attach the chain to the handle lever. Takes no effort at all with the kind of flapper I have. The one I bought would have been a little more complicated - it needs to be slipped on over the overflow tube.
Sorry, Taxy, I didn't mean you couldn't do it, just meant Stirling has the good arm. I do all the plumbing jobs here too! But you're the one with the owie!
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:46 PM   #5266
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The flapper is that piece of rubber that the chain pulls up to let the water out of the tank.
Every time I read "flapper" my brain thinks of
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.....The new ones use less water for one flush, but sometimes it can take two or more flushes to get everything gone. There is just not enough water in the tank to do the job. So where is the water saved there?.....
Learned this trick from a hotel maintenance man (don't ask why ): If you want to make sure the waste moves along properly, hold the handle down when you flush. That uses both the water in the bowl AND the water in the tank, in effect giving you an old-fashioned, 3.2 gallon flush. Let go when you finish hearing the "glug". It works.
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Sorry, Taxy, I didn't mean you couldn't do it, just meant Stirling has the good arm. I do all the plumbing jobs here too! But you're the one with the owie!
I understood that. It's just really so easy that it won't bother my hand. Nothing needs to be twisted or pulled hard or anything like that. No tools needed. The hardest part is taking the lid off the tank.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:33 PM   #5269
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I guess I didn't explain it very well. It's a standard part on most toilets, not just Canadian toilets. This is what the one I should have bought looks like:


That's from Home Depot in the US. Korky Plus 2 in. Toilet Tank Flapper-2001CM at The Home Depot
Once you told me was it was, I knew immediately. All toilets I have seen for more than ten years now have the tank innards completely sealed. You almost have to call a plumber to repair it should it break. I am sure there are some old toilets still around. I just haven't come across any.
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Once you told me was it was, I knew immediately. All toilets I have seen for more than ten years now have the tank innards completely sealed. You almost have to call a plumber to repair it should it break. I am sure there are some old toilets still around. I just haven't come across any.
Addie, have to call you out on this one....I have 4 top of the line Toto toilets in my house, that are not "old". My house is less than 10 yrs old. The "tank innards" are not sealed and they do have flappers. They are low flow, comfort height and have skirted bases. I have seen the toilets you are talking about, in fact we had one in the rental house we lived in while we were building our home. That toilet had powerful suction and we would crack up when guests were caught unaware. Since there are approximately 450 million toilets in N. America, I'm guessing you've only "seen" a small percentage. ;)
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