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The toilet's gone mad [Jan. 30th, 2007|10:36 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
It's just flushing, non-stop. It did this for a while last week, then fixed itself. It's really annoying!

I've tried taking the lid off the cistern to waggle the ballcock around, but the lid doesn't come off, it's all integral.

I've also tried the water pressure screw in the pipe into the toilet, but it's as far one way as it will go, and if I do it the other way water starts spurting out.

That's the full extent of my toilet maintenance knowledge. Anyone else got any tips?

EDIT: Oh, it's stopped again. Perhaps it's just a thing it does on Tuesdays.
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[User Picture]From: gleet
2007-01-30 10:55 pm (UTC)
I know nothing about plumbing, but after the one we had round the other week to fix the boiler turned out to be a moron who endlessly moaned about immigrants and talked like he had done too many drugs in the past, I have resolved to only employ plumbers called Zbigniew
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-01-30 10:58 pm (UTC)
Are you saying I need to complain about immigrants at my toilet?
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[User Picture]From: gleet
2007-01-30 11:08 pm (UTC)
that wasn't what I meant to convey.
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[User Picture]From: gleet
2007-01-30 11:08 pm (UTC)
though he did do an adequte job.
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[User Picture]From: miss_newham
2007-01-30 11:12 pm (UTC)
I've no idea, but what a marvellous post!
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From: flounderingfool
2007-01-30 11:21 pm (UTC)
The lid not coming off is a bit of a pain, I suppose.

I'll come and fix it though if you want? Have you got an axe?
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-01-30 11:32 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, but I don't really see how this is going to help.

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[User Picture]From: dermfitz
2007-01-30 11:26 pm (UTC)
Weirdly, our toilet did this last week and to fix it, I pushed the handle back up to a horizontal position and it shut up. I was a bit startled at the simplicity of the solution, and am sure yours is far more complex.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-01-30 11:30 pm (UTC)
Ours doesn't have a handle, it has a button embedded in the lid. It's all integrated, that's why I can't lift the lid off.
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From: flounderingfool
2007-01-31 09:07 am (UTC)
Have you tried unscrewing the button in the lid? If it's like ours I think the outer part screws round anti-clockwise (but the buttons themselves don't) and it might come apart that way.
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[User Picture]From: frightened
2007-01-30 11:43 pm (UTC)
Have you considered the possibility that it may be possessed?

Even if you don't think this is a realistic possibility, I think you should proceed as if you do, because calling out a priest to get your toilet exorcised would probably make for the best story ever.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-01-31 12:08 am (UTC)
Heh.
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[User Picture]From: sevenwindmills
2007-01-31 08:08 am (UTC)
I'd get someone out to check - you may or may not remember the post I did a week or so ago, when one of our offices was flooded - I'm not sure exactly what caused it, but it may have been to do with people putting food down the plugholes of the sink, as what came up smelt vile (but wasn't sewage), and ruined tons of artwork (really old stuff too, which can't be saved). The one thing I spotted was that the toilet wouldn't stop flushing - it was like the water had nowhere to go - so if it does it again, maybe get someone to check - there might be a blockage. I'd just hate to think that it might start flooding your place - and stink it out.

Not to worry you or anything.
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[User Picture]From: sleeperesque
2007-01-31 09:48 am (UTC)
Mine is doing the same thing again after being fixed about 2 month's ago. A new washer done the trick, on the long bit of the sticky-outy thing with the ballcock on the end - although be sure to get a better quality one than I did.
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2007-01-31 10:05 am (UTC)
Phone your landlord and tell him - such things are not your problem. This is the single advantage of living in rented accommodation. Also, you are obliged to phone him and tell him when things go up the swanny so that they don't get worse and ruin the place.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-01-31 11:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I will - I told them last week and they were very good and got back in touch quickly, but I said "Don't worry, it's stopped now. I'll tell you if it happens again." So I will.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-01-31 01:14 pm (UTC)
It's probably got a bloody bastard mouse living in it. In a diving suit.

JudyHuxtable xxx
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[User Picture]From: annasilverlight
2007-01-31 06:13 pm (UTC)
I had the same thing a few months ago. Try twisting the button in the lid, if it will. My one unscrewed, and then it was possible to take the lid off. It turned out to be that the ballcock needed moving; there was a plastic water-saving device in there and it had got stuck around the ballcock (becoming the opposite of a water-saving device).
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