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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8415 on: September 27, 2013, 06:10:09 AM »
OPI has the best names for their nail polish shades!

Some of my favorites:

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Russian Navy
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I may just have to start wearing nail polish....

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8416 on: September 27, 2013, 02:29:34 PM »
Okay, here's a dumb one. A really dumb one.

My toilet's decided to be cranky on occasion. It doesn't happen all the time, but sometimes after I flush, it'll randomly start running for a few seconds, stop, run, stop, run, stop, and while it's not running there is a small sound of trickling water in the tank. I can only assume the flapper seal is not right, but that's where it gets odd - manually adjusting the flapper by sticking my hand in the tank doesn't work, I can only flush again and hope it'll seat correctly. (Or, um, become very frustrated and give the tank lid a good hard wallop. That seemed to fix it a couple nights ago, when I couldn't get to sleep thanks to it running!)

Can I fix this without replacing the flapper or O-rings, or is it pretty much toast?
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8417 on: September 27, 2013, 02:33:01 PM »
Okay, here's a dumb one. A really dumb one.

My toilet's decided to be cranky on occasion. It doesn't happen all the time, but sometimes after I flush, it'll randomly start running for a few seconds, stop, run, stop, run, stop, and while it's not running there is a small sound of trickling water in the tank. I can only assume the flapper seal is not right, but that's where it gets odd - manually adjusting the flapper by sticking my hand in the tank doesn't work, I can only flush again and hope it'll seat correctly. (Or, um, become very frustrated and give the tank lid a good hard wallop. That seemed to fix it a couple nights ago, when I couldn't get to sleep thanks to it running!)

Can I fix this without replacing the flapper or O-rings, or is it pretty much toast?

The flapper thingies are pretty inexpensive. Sometimes, when my toilet has done this, it's been because the chain that lifts the flapper thingy was kinked funny or caught on something. So you might try checking that first.


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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8418 on: September 27, 2013, 02:36:01 PM »
Okay, here's a dumb one. A really dumb one.

My toilet's decided to be cranky on occasion. It doesn't happen all the time, but sometimes after I flush, it'll randomly start running for a few seconds, stop, run, stop, run, stop, and while it's not running there is a small sound of trickling water in the tank. I can only assume the flapper seal is not right, but that's where it gets odd - manually adjusting the flapper by sticking my hand in the tank doesn't work, I can only flush again and hope it'll seat correctly. (Or, um, become very frustrated and give the tank lid a good hard wallop. That seemed to fix it a couple nights ago, when I couldn't get to sleep thanks to it running!)

Can I fix this without replacing the flapper or O-rings, or is it pretty much toast?

The flapper thingies are pretty inexpensive. Sometimes, when my toilet has done this, it's been because the chain that lifts the flapper thingy was kinked funny or caught on something. So you might try checking that first.

I did check - the chain seems to be fine.

Oddly enough, it was just running while I was waiting for the toilet bowl cleaner to sit a bit. I scrubbed the bowl, gave the brush handle a couple of good whacks on the rim of the bowl (so it wouldn't drip) and the tank gurgled and it quit running! Apparently concussive maintenance works somehow!

I do know I need to get a new flapper eventually, installing it is just going to be the interesting part...I haven't the slightest idea how and the one person in this household who does rarely has any free time. :-\
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8419 on: September 27, 2013, 02:43:37 PM »
It's not too hard. There should be some videos you could look at on YouTube.


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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8420 on: September 27, 2013, 02:50:00 PM »
I never thought of that. Might have to look into it!
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8421 on: September 27, 2013, 05:31:56 PM »
OPI has the best names for their nail polish shades!

Some of my favorites:

I'm not really a waitress
Russian Navy
Suzi sells sushi by the seashore

http://www.opi.com/

I like "Nice Color, Eh?" (except they forgot the u in colour),
"Teal the Cows Come Home"
"Pink Before You Leap"
"Electric Eel" (Looks great over "Charged Up Cherry"!)

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8422 on: September 27, 2013, 07:32:27 PM »
Another dumb, dumb question:  One of my car's hubcaps got dented and ripped off yesterday.  I'm reluctant to put the dented/twisted one back on as I'm afraid it will rip the tire.

1.  There's no reason I can't simply drive without a hubcap, right?
2.  Can I buy a new hubcap just from an auto part store, like AutoZone?

Thanks.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8423 on: September 27, 2013, 07:34:28 PM »
Hubcaps are only decorative. You would probably have to buy a new set of hubcaps so they all match. I would pull them all off for now.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8424 on: September 27, 2013, 08:13:30 PM »
Another dumb, dumb question:  One of my car's hubcaps got dented and ripped off yesterday.  I'm reluctant to put the dented/twisted one back on as I'm afraid it will rip the tire.

1.  There's no reason I can't simply drive without a hubcap, right?
2.  Can I buy a new hubcap just from an auto part store, like AutoZone?

Thanks.

1. No reason at all. Like ladyknight1 said, hubcaps are purely decorative.

Depending on the damage, you can try to reshape your old hubcap with gentle hammer-bangings in order to get it to fit back in place. No worries about damaging the tire because the hubcaps fit on the rim of the wheel and do not touch the tire at all.


2. Depending on the make/model of your car, you might be able to find a new hubcap from AutoZone or some such place or they could probably order a new matching one for you. Maybe check with your car dealership or even, better yet (probably cheaper), call a junk-yard.



It all depends on aesthetics. Does it matter to you what your car looks like with a missing hubcap? How much are you willing to spend? A missing hubcap does not affect the car's performance at all.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8425 on: September 27, 2013, 08:16:10 PM »
Look up "[your car] hubcap" on eBay - looks like there are several on there in the $10-$30 range.

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« Reply #8426 on: September 27, 2013, 08:34:24 PM »
Another dumb, dumb question:  One of my car's hubcaps got dented and ripped off yesterday.  I'm reluctant to put the dented/twisted one back on as I'm afraid it will rip the tire.

1.  There's no reason I can't simply drive without a hubcap, right?
2.  Can I buy a new hubcap just from an auto part store, like AutoZone?

Thanks.

Hubcaps do help keep salt off your inner wheel parts... rusty lugnuts are no fun. 

Plus on the off-chance a lugnut falls off... you will hear it rattling around vs it just flying off into the wild.  Then it will be forced to compete with road alligators (blown tire bits), that one shoe laying by the roadside and that half-filled garbage bag you just saw laying on the side of the road which now has Stephen King book plots running through your head. Think of the lugnuts!

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8427 on: September 28, 2013, 10:07:28 AM »
Thanks everyone for the hubcap answers.  I figured that they were primarily for aesthetics but just wanted to check.

I will probably replace the one that got semi-ruined since (I think) it looks kind of trashy to not have a hubcap.  I've looked at more hubcaps (while driving around) in the last couple of days than I have in my entire life!  I don't want to spend a lot of money--the current bent hubcap seems to be heavy duty plastic so hopefully it will be cheap to replace.  (Nissan hubcap.)

I am amazed that people would spend $$$$$$ for something like that but mileage varies on what is important!
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8428 on: September 28, 2013, 03:31:22 PM »

I do know I need to get a new flapper eventually, installing it is just going to be the interesting part...I haven't the slightest idea how and the one person in this household who does rarely has any free time. :-\

Flappers are about the easiest thing on a toilet to change*.  You don't even need tools. 

1.  Go to store and buy a flapper.  Last I looked they were about $5.  Avoid black rubber, as they tend to get black slime stuff.  Still works fine, it's just disgusting when you change it again.

2.  Remove top from toilet tank.

3.  (optional)  Turn off water at valve under toilet.  To be honest, I just let the water run, since this is a pretty quick fix.

4.  Flush toilet to empty tank. 

5.  Remove old flapper.  It has been a while, but I seem to recall it was held on by side loops.

6.  Detach chain from old flapper.

7.  Attach chain to new flapper.

8.  Loop the loops over the loop holders.

9.  (Turn water back on if you turned it off.)  Test flushing a couple of times to make sure the chain is pulling up the flapper properly.

*This is assuming that you don't have a really fancy or unusual toilet.  I have no idea how to change the flapper on a Toto with all the accessories.  I'm not even sure if Toto toilets have flappers.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8429 on: September 28, 2013, 03:56:05 PM »
Well, this is extremely embarrassing really, but...

I know I'm probably capable of actually doing it, but every time I even remove the lid from the tank - even if I'm not doing anything - I start having anxiety attacks. It took me a good fifteen minutes to even be able to put my hand in there for a manual reseat, and I had to go curl up in bed and just try to breathe for an hour or so afterwards because I was panicking so much. It's completely irrational, I know, and it drives me nuts...

I did get a chance to prove the concussive maintenance theory today though. I have a freestanding metal shelf that currently lives on the tank, and when the toilet started running again, I just picked up the shelf and put it back down. It did in fact jar things back into place with a very satisfying gurgle. :)
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