dishwasher clogging, toilet repair

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Old 09-17-17, 03:18 PM
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dishwasher clogging, toilet repair

I apologize for asking two questions in one thread.

First, I have a not inexpensive dishwasher where the spray holes get clogged with every single wash. After each wash i spend 15-20 minutes with a small drill bit and the metal core of a bag tie pulling out bits of food from the holes (I have developed some techniques). The filter seems OK, I can only think of particle leakage around the filter. The doctor is testing me for my allergies so on her recommendation I am eating a lot of quinoa and millet, and that probably exacerbates the problem as those grains are perfect size for clogging (I am seeing also peanut skins, but I have now arranged so that peanuts are eaten in separate containers). Advice?

Second, the column carrying water into the toilet tank leaks at the top. After flushing, instead of filling the toilet properly through the pipe going into the center pipe of the tank, it makes a little geyser. The result is still a full tank eventually, but I would like to fix it. I removed the top screw, thinking that this was enough to disassemble the floater arm and the top cap, but this is not the case. I can't take out the cap without exerting a lot of force and I am afraid of breaking it. Pointers to proper instructions will be appreciated.
 
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Old 09-17-17, 03:37 PM
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Some particles of food get ground up and others are drained out when the tub empties. It's very important that the drain line be fastened up high under the countertop to stop the particles from draining back into the tub. It probably would help to run a dishwasher cleaner like Affresh for dishwashers to help clean out the system.

As far as the toilet... can you take a picture and post it here so we can see what you are working with ? http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html
 
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Old 09-19-17, 06:19 AM
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Thanks. I am going to take some pics and post asap.
 
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There are two "towers" in most toilets. The fill valve, usually on the left, controls water going into the tank and has a float attached. The other tower located in the center of the tank is the overflow and has the flapper valve at the bottom which initiates flushing. If you have water spraying it's probably the fill valve. Replacements are less than $10.
 
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I have logged in to thank both of you. In the toilet, my mistake was in thinking that I could replace the top of the tower. I took a trip to HD where I realized that the tower is sold as a single piece. I bought one, went home and fixed it.

In the dishwasher, I did as PJMAX suggests, and I put the top of the pipe to the disposal right against the underneath part of the counter. plus, seeing that the filter was just sitting in its position without any force holding it down, i went to my Machine Shop and found a perfect brass ring in the trash bin that can hold the filter down in its proper position.

I still get bits of food in the jets, early in the wash, because not everything goes over the hump. But it is far less than before and 90% of the dishes are clean. For the last bits, I bought a set of dental picks. I still have lemon and watermelon seeds in the sprayers from August, only one by now, and those have to be extracted by first puncturing them and then waiting until they rot well enough that they can be extracted through a jet.
 
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