saving limey commode?


Old 08-23-01, 11:51 AM
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Is there an easy way to dissolve mineral deposits that are inside the upper channels of a vitreous china toilet. It's an old 5 gallon type and I'd rather not by one of the new ones. Isn't this how old toilets die? by getting so caked with dried lime that they can't fill the bowl fast enough to flush well? When I pour a big bucket of water in it goes down fine. Perhaps I can block the holes and pour an acid into the chamber below the flapper valve, and wait 24 hrs.
What acid? Am i on the right track?
Old 08-23-01, 03:46 PM
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Although I've never had to do this, some people duct tape the holes around the top of the bowl, pour a gallon of muriatic acid into the tank and flush it, and let it sit overnight.
And then remove the tape, and flush the acid out with several flushes. (Of course, I thought that this may damage the wax seal under the toilet, but the person that recommended it, didn't mention that as a problem.) There are other chemicals made for this, also.
You might try posting over in the Cleaning forum about those.
Good Luck! Mike

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