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Old 09-14-2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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Fishing line instead of chain in a toilet?


I have a Toto toilet. About 5% of flushes the chain gets caught up on the overflow tube and prevents the valve from closing; so it just runs until someone notices.
Could I replace the chain with fishing line? It can't get caught up like the chain.

Seems simple enough to me, but maybe there is a compelling reason they use chain.

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Can't you just shorten up the chain?

Fishing line may stretch and cause other trouble---but might be okay until you get a new flapper and chain---

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People do use it in a pinch until they can get the right part.

Have you tried to use another hole and adjust chain accordingly? IE. shorten it as Mike suggests. Also try to use the hole that gets the chain directly above flapper.
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Would a short section of drinking straw slipped over the chain help in any way?
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can you bend the arm that the chain hooks to away from the overflow a little?
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Realign the parts, so that the chain does not hang up on anything else, usually will help. Post a picture of the insides, showing what is going on.
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Can't you just shorten up the chain?
I took it up a couple links and it has been fine so far. Lets hope...
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When looking inside the tank and the trip lever is at rest there should be very little slack left in the chain going down to the flapper...only a few links tops. If you haven't already figured that out.
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There's a couple of requirements when using fishing line. 1) a fish hook must be tied to each end to hook into the arm and flapper. 2) to attach the hooks to the line the DIY-er must know how to tie a bowline knot.
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There's a couple of requirements when using fishing line. 1) a fish hook must be tied to each end to hook into the arm and flapper. 2) to attach the hooks to the line the DIY-er must know how to tie a bowline knot.
I have switched from bowlines to fisherman loops. I haven't found them in any book (just a loop made of a fishermans knot) but I find bowlines can work loose if they are not constantly under tension.
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I have switched from bowlines to fisherman loops. I haven't found them in any book (just a loop made of a fishermans knot) but I find bowlines can work loose if they are not constantly under tension.
I don't remember ever seeing a loose bowline in a package of purchased leader(ed) hooks but thanks for the heads up.

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