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My master toilet won't stop running, and I don;t know how to fix it, so I shut off its wsater valve and had to wait a week for my handyman.

Could have been a leaky flapper or a bad fill valve. It's best to replace both at once. Just to be sure.

By the way, I encountered toilets that had no tank or flush valve when I was in Asia. I was mystified. I had to be shown how to work it. The water should go down if you pour in enough quickly. If the level just rises, then you have a clog. But if you dump a couple of liters of water suddenly it should generate the flush. I learned that in Asia. Then you dump more water slowly to refill the bowl.

Knowing more about how toilets work now it should have been obvious from a physics standpoint. But I had never thought about it before (this was 25 years ago). So if one of our toilets is on the fritz, we just dump water until I get to the hardware store to get replacement components.

As for the other stuff...[sigh]...if he isn't interested in TV then you're screwed. Must drive you crazy being watched all day.
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