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Quick And Cheap Toilet Repair
Probably two months ago now, I noticed water accumulating on the floor around the toilet. I had no idea where it could be coming from, but my only guess was that someone was missing. And I was pretty sure it wasn’t me. That was until one day, for whatever reason, I happened to flush the toilet with the tank lid off (thinking that the cause was the tank overfilling), and lo and behold, the fill valve is spraying like a Las Vegas casino fountain. Being that the fill valve is in the corner of the tank (naturally), not only did the water just hit the bottom of the lid and come back down, but it hit the edges of the lid, and out, down the side of the tank, to the floor.
The obvious solution was to replace the fill valve. A new Fluidmaster would only cost me about ten bucks, but it was the actual replacing of the assembly that I didn’t want to deal with. Not because it’s a toilet – face it folks, that’s perfectly good drinking water in the tank (unless you have a habit of pissing in the tank for some reason) – but because of the limited amount of room to work inside a toilet tank, and the general pain in the ass nature of it all.
So I’ve been brainstorming since then, trying to think of what I could put over the valve that would be heavy enough to not get sprayed off while successfully diverting the water downwards. I had been thinking in terms of a plastic cone of sorts to sit on top of it. Then tonight, when flushing the toilet and having a slew of water come running out, I finally decided to do something about it. I ran downstairs for a Ziploc bag, figuring that that ought to be good enough, but when I opened the cupboard to get one, I had an even better idea.
Aluminum foil! I realized that whatever I used, it didn’t have to be heavy – if the water managed to push it upwards, it would just hit the bottom of the tank lid and stay in place. On top of that, I didn’t have to worry about it not fitting, as foil is easily shaped around other parts. And that one foot of foil was probably cheaper than the Ziploc bag. Did one test flush, it didn’t get in the way of anything, and the problem was solved. Saved myself ten bucks and a half hour of work.
So, what cheap-ass fixes have you managed to come up with around the house?
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