Exploding Toilet (not fun)
Ever have a toilet literally explode on you and turn your hands to shreds from the shrapnel? I have, so read on for a good story.
Well the carpet guy was in laying down the carpet and linoleum and so I put my toilet outside for a day or two to be out of his way. After he was done with the bathroom I started to install the toilet. It was a lot of work because the closet flange and radiant floor concrete don't mesh that well together. anyway through hilti-guns, a few swear words and a lot of machining (yes I said machining of the toilet flange itself) I was able to get everything to work.
So there I am, getting everything tightened up, but as you know, with toilets nothing is too tight because of the porcelain. Anyway I get the plumbing hooked up and open up the valve.
The toilet literally explodes in front of me sending small pieces of porcelain at my hands. Exploded porcelain is sharp and nasty and literally cut my hands in numerous places. So now I got an exploded toilet, lots of water and blood everywhere.
After cleaning up my hands I found the problem. The snow we got had filled the toilet with water, and through warm and cold days froze. When I turned on the valve it put water pressure onto the ice and the pressure had no where to go so the toilet literally exploded.
So today Alyson and I went to Home Depot and got another toilet. I am happy to say this one is now working just fine, but Alyson now has purple hands. yeah she got into the pipe cleaner and you know how that stuff stains your hands and must be worn off instead of washed off? Well her Mom will be home in 3 hours and she is not going to be impressed with her daughters purple stained fingers!!
Do you think Mr Crapper, the honest to goodness inventor of the toilet is laughing in heaven knowing how much crap I have had to put up with with these two toilets just to take a crap!! (all puns intended)
Last edited by Travis Johnson; 12-07-2007 at 04:58 PM.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"