No this is not a tutorial on how to make a bag, sorry, it's a short lesson on how to do a bit of plumbing. The cistern on my upstairs toilet has a leak, it won't stop dripping, causing excess water to run out of the overflow onto the flat roof outside. It has been like this for a few weeks, I haven't really bothered about it because my house is full of niggly problems like this which I just put up with. Ignore it and it will go away, dont fiddle with things or you might make it worse.
Anyway, my friend Helen quite rightly pointed out that it wasn't doing the flat roof a lot of good being constantly waterlogged, and I am thinking that I am wasting water here, even though it is a tiny little drip. But as we all know, lots of drips make huge lakes if left long enough. Maybe I could turn my flat roof into a swimming pool! perhaps not :o)
First of all put the head torch on so one can see what one is doing, get up close because it's a bit fiddly, and take ones specs off they are in the way. Aha, I see. The water comes out of that blue wotsit. That white plastic screw is pushing that white plastic plunger thingy into the little white plastic box. When the water level rises the ball cock lifts up and pushes the screw which in turn slides the plunger in, thus cutting off the incoming water from the mains supply. Only the plunger is not going in far enough to stop the flow. I see. Hmmm, getting a bit complicated now.
What's to be done? That white plastic nut on the white plastic screw needs to be tweaked a couple of times to allow the screw to be lengthened, therefore giving it another milimetre to push the white plastic plunger in a bit further, which will stem the flow of water a bit sooner once the ball cock has reached the top.
One has a box of spanners around here somewhere, but one cannot be bothered to go rooting in the shed for them. These pointy pliers will do the job, but which way should one turn the nut? Two choices, try both. Hold the ball cock down to take the pressure off the screw, twist nut one way to slacken off, then turn the screw, let go of the ball cock and see what happens. Not right, it's dripping faster, try the other way and tighten screw.
Flush toilet and wait. Success it works, give onself a pat on the back :o) The water now stops running before it reaches the overflow, you can see where it came up to before. Yes I have got a plastic bottle in there filled with water.
Right, now I wonder where I can borrow a ladder from to get the roof tiles fixed,
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