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North Las Vegas Handyman Finds Empty Toilet Trap


toilet emptyWe are a North Las Vegas handyman service doing a variety of repairs throughout the Las Vegas valley. The other day a customer was having a problem with a toilet that continuously ran empty. He would flush the toilet and everything would operate normally. When he returned several hours later, the bowl would have no water in it. He figured he had a leak and started to replace parts in the tank.

Replacing toilet tank parts, such as the fill valve and flapper, are fine but that won’t help the problem of the toilet bowl running dry. Toilet tank parts have to do with the water in the tank, either starting or stopping the flow of water or refilling the tank. Changing the tank parts won’t have any bearing on the bowl holding water.

Although there are instances of a blocked vent actually siphoning water from the toilet bowl, in this case the toilet bowl actually had a crack in the bottom of it. Once the customer flushed the toilet and it stopped refilling, everything seemed normal. Slowly the water would drain out of the crack and into the drain…it didn’t even leak on the floor as the crack was right over the drain. The fix here was to replace the toilet bowl. We were able to line up the bolt pattern and re-use the tank on top of the new bowl.

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angle ironsWe are a North Las Vegas handyman service helping homeowners every day. The other day, a homeowner called for help with his garage door installation. He was attempting to install a new opener and was having trouble aligning everything on his ceiling.

When you buy a new garage door opener at a home center, the kit comes with metal straps to hang the unit from the ceiling with. I have used these straps before and they will work, however there is a lot of guesswork with them. By that , I mean you have to bend the straps to fit the installation. You have to find the joists (which you would with any method), use lag bolts to secure the straps to the ceiling, and then bend the straps to meet the motor unit. Like I said, this works but I prefer angle iron.

Angle iron is stiff and stout, and you can cut it to any length you need. I find the joists in the ceiling and install a length of it so span the joists above the opener. Then it is a matter of cutting 2 short lengths of angle iron to hold the opener to the ceiling. This method doesn’t flinch either. With the straps, the torque of the motor turning can make the opener move as the straps flex. No so with angle iron. It doesn’t budge.

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