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Almost a plumber

April 19, 2007

ballcockvalve1.gifLast night the toilet decided to turn mutiny. Luckily the breakdown didn’t include toilet water on the floor or anything like that. There were no busted pipes like in the basement of The Dad over at Looky Daddy.

I’m not sure if it’s a routine procedure for most people, but I had never in my life checked out the toilet tank to understand how it works. It’s a very simple mechanism. The mechanisms also have quaint/sexy names (depending on which way you look at it) such as ballcock, flapper, and float arm.  We have Thomas Crapper to thank for such ingenious and efficient gadgetry – though he didn’t invent the flush toilet himself.

With my highly esteemed and skilled partner, we were able to completely remove and replace the ballcock with little spillage of blood or toilet water. We turned the water back on, and ding! it worked perfectly.

Mom would be proud.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Administrator permalink
    April 19, 2007 2:58 pm

    I couldn’t help but squirm in my chair a little at the thought of having a float arm and flapper so close to the ballcock…

  2. April 21, 2007 11:04 pm

    Good job guys! I was happy to hear that the toilet didn’t end up in pieces due to a severe wrench beating. 😉

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