11 responses

  1. feliciana
    August 16, 2013

    Great tool to use to clean out the toilet holes under the rim—-a bicycle spoke. The end is threaded to make cleaning much easier, you can bend it into any shape that helps, and it’s CHEAP and lasts forever. New spoke at a bike shop–about a buck, or use one out an old wheel if you have one.

    Works really well!

    • Tyler Golberg
      August 16, 2013

      Thanks for the great tip, Feliciana!

  2. stacio
    September 3, 2013

    Great information and thanks for the video showing what to do – I’m a visual person. :D

    • Tyler Golberg
      September 3, 2013

      Your welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. eliza
    January 2, 2014

    I have heard a lot of suggestions about cleaning the toilet. If it is really dirty I have found that dropping 2 lysol tablets into the tank and leaving it for about a hour. Flush and your toilet will be self cleaning every time you flush.

  4. joan
    February 7, 2014

    My plumber told us that dental floss is also a major cause of plugs in the toilet line. It wraps around “stuff” and rough edges and can cause clogs.

    • Tyler Golberg
      February 7, 2014

      That makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Zanne
    February 22, 2014

    A note on replacing the flapper: I highly recommend taking note of which link on the chain your lever attaches to before removing the old flapper and replacing it. Which link the lever hooks to affects how long or short of a flush you will get in dual-flush models. You want to make sure you have the “sweet spot” on the chain to get the right amount of flush. If you don’t have it right you might have to hold the lever down longer and it might not flush properly.

    Another thing to check inside the tank is the flush assembly valve. If your tank keeps refilling over and over and you have already ruled out the flapper, look to the flush assembly. You might not need to go out and buy a new one if your old one can be dismantled and cleaned. I managed to save some $ by taking apart mine and cleaning it out thoroughly (I have hard water and sediment was clogging it up and interfering).
    A final tip: Every plumber I have spoken with in recent years has advised against using any corrosive substances in the toilet tank. Those blue cleaners and such tend to destroy the plastic and rubber of the flush valves and flappers. It is safer to use in-bowl cleaners instead.

    Now a question: Is it possible to remove deep hard water stains from porcelain with septic tank safe materials? I’ve tried baking soda, vinegar, CLR, Hydrogen Peroxide, toothpaste, and all manner of septic safe cleaning supplies to try to get the hard water stains out of my toilet to no avail.
    I even used non-septic tank safe ones just before my old septic tank was replaced and it still didn’t work.

    • Tyler Golberg
      February 23, 2014

      Zanne, thanks for all the feedback! Sounds like you have a really tough hard water stain. Vinegar would be my weapon of choice but instead of scrubbing, I’d let it soak for a couple days on the dirty area.

    • Dragon
      March 2, 2014

      Pour a bottle of cola into the bowl insuring that you coat all area with the liquid. Let soak for a couple of hours and wipe off. Not sure if it works on hard water stains but it removed the unidentified stains from my toilet bowl.

      • Tyler Golberg
        March 3, 2014

        Thanks for the toilet cleaning tip!

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