This one is for all you handle jigglers out there.
|Life:||“Sometimes after you flush the toilet, the water keeps on running. Then you have to jiggle the handle to get it to stop.”|
|Me:||“I have to what?! And I thought I was a guest here. Okay, fine. I’ll jiggle the handle.”|
|(3 days later…)|
|Life:||“The toilet is running. Please jiggle the handle.”|
|Me:||“Again?! Who’s running this joint?”|
Okay, so this is How to Fix Your Toilet So that You Don’t Have to Jiggle the Handle Anymore, Ever.
This is what’s happening inside the tank. You flush the toilet by pressing down on the handle. The handle lifts up a chain inside the tank that is attached to the plug. Then the tank water goes through the hole and down into the toilet bowl.
Here’s what it looks like:
Every once in a while, part of the chain falls into the hole before the plug does and so the hole isn’t blocked completely and water continues to run through the hole and down into the bowl. When you jiggle the handle, you are jerking this chain out from under the plug, allowing the plug fall back into its hole completely. Now, you will only ever have to do this if there is enough slack in the chain for part of it to get caught underneath the plug. If you shorten the chain so that it’s not long enough to get caught underneath the plug, then it won’t ever get caught underneath the plug and you won’t ever have to jiggle the handle to loose it free. So don’t jiggle the handle. Shorten the chain.
© Lynn Johnston. Republished with permission. Thanks Lynn! More of Lynn’s cartoons >>