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How do I fix my stupid toilet?

Asked by poofandmook (17272points) July 9th, 2010

I know I’m just perpetuating the stereotype about women and basic home repair, but whatever.

The chain broke off my lever… though I’m not sure if it’s the lever that broke or the chain, so to be on the safe side, I bought both.

Now, there was only one chain there. It has a rod on it that supposedly attaches to the flapper… but I know mine at home doesn’t have a rod. Is this going to work, or am I going to have to get a new flapper to fit the stupid rod thingie?

And also, I know how to drain the water out of the tank/bowl, but how do I keep it from filling again? Is that the little handle/knob thing on the floor?

feels really stupid

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dpworkin's avatar

Buy a whole unit, including the flapper. It’s very easy to install, and installing it all at once is generally a good idea because once they start to break, other stuff will go wrong, too. Get one at Walmart. The instructions are very complete and you will feel quite victorious.

poofandmook's avatar

I actually didn’t see a whole unit at Home Depot. /sigh.

Do the instructions include how to keep the toilet from filling back up?

dpworkin's avatar

Yes, but you answered that correctly yourself. It’s a valve at the end of the water supply pipe, shut it down, flush, and then if you want to you can bail out the last bit of water, although I usually just let it stay.

poofandmook's avatar


still feels dumb lol

dpworkin's avatar

You’ll see. It is a very satisfactory feeling to tackle something new and do it right. Men conspire to keep you feeling that way so that they can pretend they are necessary.

wilma's avatar

You can do this! There are different types of flappers and flushers.
Find out what kind you have and then get that kind to fix it. Yes, the shutoff valve for the water is there by the floor. I’m sure that there are some good online sites that can give you very detailed instructions, with diagrams to help you. Good luck!

jazmina88's avatar

flappers and flushers….no wonder I call my plumber….He’s a family friend and only charges $20 for minor stuff.

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