How to use plunger

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by blazer45, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. blazer45

    blazer45 New Member

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    Can you help me how to use the plunger. Do we have a instructional video here on how to use properly and the right way to use the plunger? Because really don't know how to use it. Thank you in advance.
  2. shacko

    shacko Master Plumber-Gas Fitter

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  3. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Anything can clog and will clog given enough waste matter and paper. There are some toilets that are more resistent to plugging than others.
    The new toilets use 1.6 gallons or less.
    The old ones may have been 3.5, 5.0 or even 7.0
    And even those old toilets plugged.
    That's why every home and plumber owns a plunger.
    It's not like the idea of a toilet plugging has ever been a new idea.

    No matter what toilet you are plugging, you can use a plunger with fairly good success if you leave water in the bowl.
    Water in the bowl helps with the suction that you are attempting to get with the plunger.
    The best plungers have an end that is about 2" in diameter. With some you have to pull the small end out, being that they tuck them inside.
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    With water in the bowl, use very short quick strokes until you see the water vibrating,
    When you see the vibration, pull up on the plunger.
    Most of the time, the bowl will siphon out when you lift the plunger up and away.

    Other methods include pouring a five gallon bucket of water straight into the bowl

    Using a closet auger.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2010
  4. blazer45

    blazer45 New Member

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    Thank you terry I have read your reply and surely i will follow your steps and I have seen the picture of the plunger you post and then I try to find one in the store because it is very different from what i'm using. See attachments for the plunger that i'm using.

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  5. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I don't see how that big orange rubber plunger would work for a toilet bowl. I've never used on like that.
    But then you're in Australia right Mate?

    Some of your plumbing work? We're not allowed to plumb like that here is the US.
    We require a vent after the p-trap.

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    Last edited: Oct 29, 2010
  6. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    LOL I was just reading one of his other link spams...

    That is some funky plumbing down under if that is the way they do it...

    This is pretty neat too...

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