Toilet handle must stay down to flush

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Old 09-03-02, 12:48 PM
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Unhappy Toilet handle must stay down to flush

My toilet requires that I hold down the handle until the contents of the bowl are fully flushed away. I can't let up until I hear the (excuse me) 'swallow' sound. If I let up the handle any earlier, the flap in the bowl closes shut and new water starts running into the tank. I'm really tired of the long flush. I can't remember the last time I could flush, release, and actually leave the bathroom! What should I do?
 
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Old 09-03-02, 03:40 PM
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Easy.
Shorten the chain until it just allows the flapper to fully seal.
Should solve the problem.
Good luck!
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Old 09-03-02, 05:52 PM
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Thanks, Mike! I reduced as much chain slack as I could, and my 'hold down the handle' time has significantly decreased. It still isn't as short as I've experienced with some toilets, but its much better than before.

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Old 09-03-02, 07:36 PM
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Replace the flapper! This is the item at the end of the chain you just shortened. Over time, these things wear out and don't stay afloat as long as they should, thus ending the flush cycle early. If you use the cleaning tablets in your tank, it will break down the rubber in the flapper sooner.
 
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Old 09-03-02, 08:04 PM
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Sandra,
Try is right, too.
Mike
 
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Old 09-05-02, 07:02 PM
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I have had a loose locking nut on the inside of the tank under the handle cause this same problem, try checking it too.
 
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Old 09-05-02, 07:04 PM
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Handle hold down

I have had a loose locking nut on the inside of the tank under the handle cause this same problem, try checking it too.
 
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Old 09-05-02, 08:44 PM
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Hey, thanks!

Thanks for your suggestions. They are all things that I can actually do!! I'll let you know how it goes this weekend.
Sandy
 
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Old 09-06-02, 03:30 AM
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Sandra,
That flush handle locking nut on the inside of the tank has a reverse thread, so turn it counter-clockwise to tighten it.
Mike
 
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Old 09-06-02, 03:05 PM
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Handle Hold Down

I should have told her that! Thanks Mike!
 
 

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