This 1990’s example, in the familial pile, had developed a temperamental flush, taking more and more attempts to do anything. I wanted to sort it out before the inevitable complete failure, and subsequent loop of calling a plumber, staying in for a plumber, calling a plumber &c. A quick google search reveals a basic message: with the symptom above, you need to replace the ‘syphon’. For good measure, I replaced the ‘inlet valve’, which has nothing to do with this problem, as well.
From the offset, I’d like to apologise for inflicting upon you the vision of a convenience so searingly offensive to the eye. In fact, the entire bathroom suite is an interior designer’s death-shriek in bubblegum pink; this loo, a bidet, matching sinks, and a bathtub. To understand the events that led to such a horror finding it way into anyone’s home, I submit that the local council’s compulsory purchase - and demolition - of my infant mother’s home, back in the 1950’s, left a lasting scar on her psyche, her idea of a ‘dream house’ subsequently left in a state of child-like latency.
To begin at the end – this proved not to be as big a job as first appeared, even for a loo that was as badly positioned, awkwardly designed, and belligerently non-standard as this example. It took me - a total noob - a little over an hour, and replacement parts are very cheap (though I imagine you do get what you pay for). There’s nothing gross involved, no ‘waste’ is ever present in the section to be worked on.
- a 9.5 inch toilet syphon from Homebase - £13.99 (there are far cheaper ones at Screwfix but they have pretty bad reviews)
- a fresh ‘close coupling kit’ from Screwfix - £3.59 (all the internet guides say its good practise to fit a new seal after you disturb the old one).
I hadn’t been to Screwfix before. It’s an Argos-type arrangement, but with tools & parts in the catalogues instead of overpriced tat. Also, there are a lot more plaid shirts among the clientele.
Anyway, with the new parts to hand and the camera charged, it was time to make a start...