Intro: Instructables Bathroom Fix
The restroom is the glue that holds a small office together. A place of refuge, comfort, and privacy, the small office bathroom is everything to everyone.
Until randofo destroys it.
That's why we had to make this fix. His beefy paws ripped the lever from the tank like Mechagodzilla pulling the wings off of Mothra.
Step 1: Parts
Since a 2-restroom system serves our tiny lab, an immediate fix was required. We used what we had on hand (admittedly, this is probably the best place for a jerry-rigged fix outside of a hardware store) and here's the list:
existing flapper & chain
*Unnecessary, but awesome.
Step 2: Tie Twine to the Flapper Chain
Lift the lid off of the tank.
Survey the damage.
Ignore it, then tie the twine to the flapper chain.
Step 3: Laser Cut the Acrylic
If you want the other members of your office to be able to know what to do with the string, it might help to write a little note saying "PULL TO FLUSH" on it.
Feel free to go crazy with the note. Just make sure it's clear that people are supposed to pull up to flush. That'll lift the plunger and allow the toilet to flush.
For those of you who are prepared to say, "But most people don't have a lasercutter!", don't worry about it. A folded up sheet of paper will work just as well. Maybe some cardboard. Cardstock. Use a marker to draw on a pen cap. Get creative.
Step 4: Put Everything Together
Tie it all together: flush sign, twine, and plunger chain.
Your office can function again until ewilhelm issues a coffee gift card bounty for the first person to properly fix the lever.