Adjusting a Toilet Ballcock

Ok, another quick TISH update!

Remember that the City of Minneapolis is requiring us to address 9 items noted on our Truth in Sale of Housing (TISH) inspection. One of the items on the list was to adjust the toilet guts on our main floor bathroom:

6. Plumbing Fixtures – Improper air gap on toilet ballcock.

I won’t show you any pictures, because really, who wants to look at a bunch of pictures of my toilet? Nobody except perverts. Are you a pervert? Does the word “ballcock” make you uncomfortable?

Anyway, I scratched my head about this one because I had no idea what it was talking about. Air gap? What? Then I watched this video from Inspector Reuben, and I realized it was probably one of the easiest things on the list to fix.

I did exactly as the video says, and it took about 5 minutes.

Only one problem, though, now we’re getting a little bit of a dual-flush action on the toilet. You push the handle once, but it flushes twice. Weird, huh? I think adjusting the ballcock up as high as I needed to get the right air gap resulted in the tank filling up quite a bit higher (even after I adjusted the water level back down to as low as it will go). I think we’ll probably try the traditional put-a-couple-bricks-in-the-tank route and see if that helps. But I think it’s good enough as it is to pass our inspection next week.

Ok, after this latest project, here’s the items left to repair before our re-inspection:

1. Sump Pumps – Sump Pump lacks a secure cover.
2. Smoke Detectors/CO Detectors – Improperly located smoke detector in the basement.
3. Electrical Service Installation – Missing house side grounding clamp at water meter.
4. Water Supply Piping – Corrosion noted on water piping in areas.
5. Plumbing Fixtures – No backflow device installed at laundry tub.
6. Plumbing Fixtures – Improper air gap on toilet ballcock.
7. Exterior Pluming Backflow Prevention – missing backflow preventers on exterior faucets.
8. Electric Service Installation – Electric panel located in bathroom.
9. Electrical Outlets/Fixtures – Power mast is loose.

The smoke detector is an easy fix, but I’m not sure about that sump pump cover… I guess I know what I’m going to be doing this weekend…

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