There was much jiggling of handles and lifting and bending of wires. And swearing. And stamping of feet. And turmoil.
I don’t know why we didn’t make an effort to fix it. Well, there were several reasons. One, we always figured our landlord would get around to it at some point. Two, this isn’t our house, and we were terrified that in attempting to repair an antiquated toilet (of which the landlord is inordinately fond), we might break something. So we didn’t.
Three years went by.
Also, we kind of hoped that when the Elizabethan explosion occurred some months ago, one of the nice plumbers would take the old toilet away and bring us a new one. But of course that didn’t happen.
This winter, the rubber tank ball completely disintegrated. The Pie fixed it all by himself (as I was in Ottawa) and we thought the problem was solved (a running toilet is a sign that there is not a complete seal around your tank ball). Soon after my arrival back home, however, the toilet situation got worse. The toilet still ran, only now you couldn’t jiggle the handle to get things to fall back in place.
Here you can see that the lift wires for the handle, and the handle itself, are all corroded. So even though the Pie replaced the tank ball, the corrosion on the wires makes them rub against each other and won’t allow them to slide smoothly up and down, which prevents the tank ball from sealing itself and means that the toilet will continue to run as it tries to fill the tank unsuccessfully.
Really, plumbing is a very simple thing, especially when it comes to toilets. Don’t be intimidated. And all the stuff you get comes with instructions anyway. I just want to show you how easy it actually is.
Then you flush the toilet so that it will drain, but with the water off, it can’t fill again. Now you can work.
Because our toilet is so horribly ancient and inefficient, we have also placed a bottle of water in our toilet tank to save water. The water in the bottle displaces other water, convincing the toilet tank that it is fuller than it actually is. You end up with less water in your toilet bowl, but in older toilets the amount there is really wasteful anyway.