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OK....<br><br>
Really, I think I might have to give my house back, because obviously I'm too stupid to own it.<br><br>
First, I was "trapped" by the garage door when the power went out.<br>
Called dad, and he told me about the "magic" rope that will unlock the door so that you can open it manually.<br>
That was embarrassing enough.<br><br>
Tonight...<br>
I call to talk about kitchen cabinets for mom...<br>
and decide to ask dad about fixing my toilet....cause it keeps running.<br>
After SEVERAL minutes of him trying to explain WHY his advice will work,<br>
I resort to just trying it (bend the stick that the floaty thing is attached to so that the float is lower in the tank). Damn! It worked.<br>
I still don't quite get it....<br>
But, dad, true to his character....just said that the next time he visits he'll draw pictures and show me why it works.<br><br>
I had the "blank stare sounding" in my voice....."ok".<br><br>
duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
 

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That's what parents are there for. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
When I first moved out, I would call my mom about stupid things I never realized that came up. (little things in cooking/cleaning) <img alt="blush.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blush.gif"> Now that I can't do that, I still have those things I feel I probably should know that I have to consult the magic internet for <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I miss my Mom!
 

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<span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Stitch…</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Thank you for acknowledging the “I can fix it ability” of dads and males in general. Around my house the words “Dad will fix it.” are uttered daily. My wife has said that if I die the house will fill up with broken junk and fall down around them. Funny story that your toilet story reminded me of (by the way…that ‘thing’ in the tank with the arm is called a “ballcock.” I know what your thinking. Get your mind out of the gutter!). Before I was married the woman who later became my wife spent the night at my apartment. She didn’t have to work early the next day but I did. So, she slept in. When I got home from work she had already gone. I went into the bathroom and the lid was off the toilet tank. She had tied my dental floss to the arm of the ballcock, ran it across the bathroom and looped it up over the shower curtain rail, back over to the sink and tied it off on the faucet. It looked like an old Rube Goldberg rig. I had to give her credit for at least knowing how to stop the water from running continually though. But she failed to realize that all she would have had to have done was reach down and re-seat the drain stopper in the bottom of the tank. This is the same woman who I once asked (before cell phones) if she knew how to change a flat tire on a car. Her response was “I know the concept.” I told he concept doesn’t get you back on the road. Now she say's she'd just call me.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Dan</span></span>
 

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Toilet update....<br><br>
It's still running.<br>
It worked three times last night...<br>
then this morning.....super running.<br><br>
Bending the arm of the ballcock (why would you think my mind was in the gutter??)<br>
just made it run faster this time.<br><br>
(*sigh*).<br><br>
I'm gonna have to call and give dad grief now.<br>
Unless someone here has a better suggestion.
 

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Maybe you need a new flapper? A leaky flapper can cause your toilet to run because it allows the water to escape from the tank.<br><br>
Around our house, I am the one who repairs things, not Mr. Slow_n_Steady.
 

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<span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I’m sorry. It’s just that when most women hear the words “ball” and “cock” in the same sentence they think it must have some sexual connotation. But, it could be the flapper like s_n_s said. If you can’t get it to stop, shut the water supply to the tank off. That’s the valve coming out of the wall probably below/beside the tank.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Dan</span></span>
 

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2nd toilet update.....<br><br>
Asked a colleague....<br>
he thinks I might have a crack in the ball. he he he. Ok, after the faculty meeting, yes, my mind is in the gutter....full on!!<br><br>
So, I'm going to unscrew it, take it to home depot, and say...."I need one of these."<br>
See if that works.<br><br>
The flapper works, the tank fills, it goes up and in to the overflow pipe.<br>
I've seen flapper problems before......<br><br>
I just love talking about toilets!!<br><br>
Does this now count as a "Tithers thread"?
 

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No, not a Tithers thread. Something GROSS needs to happen!
 

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oh.....<br><img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
Hmmmmm......<br><br>
I'll have to work on that, then.<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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Check out the chain. Take the top off and look. When you hit the lever on the outside of the toilet you'll watch the chain pull up that ball, and sometimes the chain and ball can get all tangled on the way back down. It seems too slimy to think about but you may have to reach in and investigate, you can usually shorten the chain if it is getting tangled up. So maybe it's a 'Ball & Chain' thing now <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 
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