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Quiz: Do you know how to Repair a Toilet?
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Although usually reliable, a toilet can malfunction. Learning how to repair a toilet is easy. Save money, time and inconvenience by repairing a toilet yourself.

What is the most common problem with the toilet system?

  • running out of toilet paper
  • inadequate lighting
  • clogging

Is continuously running water in the toilet a problem?

  • No, the running water cleanses the toilet bowl.
  • No, it helps prevent pipes from clogging.
  • Yes, you are wasting water and money.

Can toilet seats be replaced?

  • Yes, it's easy.
  • Yes, but it takes a long time.
  • No, the seat is a permanent part of the toilet.

What is a common problem when trying to remove an old seat?

  • the smell
  • sentimental attachment to the old seat
  • corroded or rusted nuts

What can you apply to loosen corroded nuts and bolts?

  • vinegar
  • penetrating oil
  • boiling water

What could cause the water in the tank to flow continuously?

  • There is not enough water in the tank.
  • The ball cock valve does not shut off the water.
  • The drain is clogged.

If the toilet does not flush adequately, what could be the cause?

  • The float ball is misaligned.
  • The float ball contains water.
  • The tank ball falls back before enough water leaves the tank.

How would you fix a misaligned float ball?

  • Bend the float rod to adjust the position of the float ball.
  • Remove the water from the float ball.
  • Replace the washers in the float ball assembly.

When the ball cock valve does not operate properly, what could the result be?

  • condensation at bowl-tank connection
  • a whistling tank
  • blockage in drain

What is the probable cause of moisture around the fixture?

  • clogged drain
  • restricted water supply
  • leaks

If oil does not work, what could you use to remove the corroded bolts holding the toilet seat in place?

  • hacksaw
  • hammer and chisel
  • propane torch

What's the most common way of clearing a clogged toilet?

  • Flush repeatedly.
  • Use a plunger.
  • Pour some liquid drain cleaner in the toilet bowl.

If there is insufficient water in the bowl to cover the plunger's suction cup, what should you do?

  • Flush the toilet.
  • Use a plunger with a smaller suction cup.
  • Pour some water from a cup into the bowl so it covers the plunger.

What is a plumber's snake?

  • thin vacuum tube
  • specially trained underwater snake
  • flexible wire

What happens when you push the handle on the tank?

  • The tank ball is raised, releasing the water.
  • A vacuum is caused, forcing the water out.
  • The float ball is forced down and gravity pulls the water down.

What's the first thing you should do to see why water flows continuously from the tank?

  • Turn off the water.
  • Lift up the float arm.
  • Flush the toilet with the water supply turned off.

What's the purpose of the tank ball?

  • balances the float ball
  • indicates the amount of water in the tank
  • closes the opening through which the water flows

What does the overflow tube do?

  • diverts excess water from the tank
  • helps conserve water
  • keeps the tank full

What problem could a bent lift wire cause?

  • whistling in the tan
  • an overflow of water from the tank
  • a leak from a misaligned tank ball

Why would you consider installing a temperator valve?

  • to flush with warm water
  • to prevent condensation from forming on the tank
  • to keep the toilet seat warm