Sound Byte (maigrey) wrote,
Sound Byte

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Things I have learned from changing a flush valve

  1. It's messy.

  2. A white shirt is probably not the best idea of clothing to wear while attempting this.

  3. Make sure to have a bucket, sponge, and plenty of paper towels on hand

  4. It's messy, and I mean that.

  5. It's awkward, but not that hard.

  6. Adjustable pliers are an acceptable substitute for an adjustable wrench -- the big silver shiny kind

    • I don't know how to use the little mini lever in the adjustable pliers, though, which is mildly frustrating

  7. But not as frustrating as getting the tank off, and realizing I need a tank-to-bowl gasket, too.

  8. It takes a lot of patience to cut the hard plastic overflow valve to the right size when your only tools are an industrial xacto knife, the kitchen scissors and a steak knife, but it can be done.

  9. When re-attaching the tank to the bowl after replacing the flush valve, do not just place the gasket on the water hole on the bowl

    • you will end up with much water on the floor after a test flush

    • and you'll have to repeat the process of removing the tank, which includes much sponging

  10. Instead, the gasket should be squished on to the under-the-tank-end of the flush valve.

    • I think.

    • I got tired and frustrated at 1:20 am, and stopped when I had the rest of the tank needing to be reattached.

  11. If you do not make sure the water inlet valve is properly screwed onto the tank, you will get a surprise spraying of the face when you turn the water on to test

  12. They could not possibly put the screws that attach the tank to the bowl in a more awkward place.

    • Plumbers must be equipped with telescoping necks.

More misc notes on non-plumbing related stuff, including letters, Pendergast, and dog toys here.

  • Tired.

    Being in the office at 8:30 am means getting up at 5 because I hate traffic and traffic starts at 6:30. Wah. But I did get more Caribou. YOMS.

  • Making orthodontia better

    + ...I have about 4 hours before I can't eat anything that isn't soft...

  • For Lori.

    I hate you pollen. HATE YOU.

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