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I've noticed that a really easy way to clean part of the toilet
bowl is to pour some bleach into it. However, above the
water-line in the bowl, the bleach can't affect. If you try to
add more, it simply drains out the hole at the bottom of the
So, Plug That Hole. Then you can add
water and bleach until
the bowl is full, let it set for a time, for thorough cleaning,
and then pull the plug out. Simple!
Maybe no toilet ducks in Vernon country, but ...
[normzone, Sep 21 2016]
I had to google toilet ducks ...
[normzone, Sep 21 2016]
||What would the plug be made of? Flexible and
bleach resistant is a tough combination.
||Silicone is probably flexible and bleach-resistant
||this is why they make clingy-thick and usually blue
toilet cleaners. squirt 'round the rim, swish round
with the brush, and you've got a clingy blue tinge for
at least 10 mins. Toilet cleaned.
||Couldn't you just stick a plunger in it?
||Or, just reproduce and have your offspring clean the
toilet. That's what I do -- works brilliantly.
||//Silicone is probably flexible and bleach-resistant
enough.// Unlikely. The UK's first ultra-high-
altitude reconnaissance aircraft, the Scimitar, was
scrapped largely due to fatal accidents involving
both of the early planes. It was later discovered
that the sudden failure of the pressurisation system
was caused by embrittlement of the (then newly-
developed) silicone window seals caused by ozone,
which has much the same effect as bleach.
||[MaxwellBuchanan], there are two different ways
to respond to your objection. First is that quite a
few years have passed since silicone was "newly
developed", and likely the improvements made
since include greater resistance to such things as
||The second way to respond involves examining the
Chemistry of the situation. You know that
Fluorine is the highest-grade "oxidizer", and that
Oxygen is second, and the Chlorine is third.
Oxygen is second mostly because it can exist in
the form of ozone. Nevertheless, Chlorine
normally does not easily replace Oxygen in various
chemical compounds, and silicone contains quite a
bit of Oxygen.
||Now, some silicones include Hydrogen attached to
Silicon, and here is where Chlorine could be
detrimental, since it can steal the Hydrogen away
from the Silicon. On the other hand there are
other silicones that include Fluorine instead of
Hydrogen, attached to the Silicon. Chlorine won't
affect such silicones at all....
||[xandram], my answer to your question is in the
next paragraph. As an aid to visualizing this
Invention, Let Us Consider a kind of "bag" of tough
silicone, having an appearance somewhat like the
silicone implants used in breast-enhancement
surgery. We've made sure that the particular
silicone we are using is denser than water, and we
attach a handle to it.
||So, when immersed into a toilet bowl, the shape
of the bag is able to distort in many different
ways, ensuring that we can get a pretty good
watertight seal as we place it against the drain-
hole. The Average Plunger Cannot Fit That Way
Into All The Different Shapes Of Toilet Drain Holes.
||When we add water to the toilet bowl, there will
be an increase in water pressure against the
distorted bag plugging the drain-hole. So we want
to make sure that part of the bag is less flexible
than the rest; we don't want the whole bag to
suddenly attempt to go down the drain (the
handle will interfere, but it would be better to
prevent such a problem from happening in the first
||What about using a ceramic or glass plug using the sort of taper fittings that chemists will no doubt be familiar with?
||Something soft and pliable is likely to get flushed by
||[Vernon], it's not strictly necessary to capitalize the
names of chemical elements. Nor, for that matter,
Chemistry. There are exceptions, of course; for
example the town of Bromine, Ill. is capitalized, as
of course is the surname of Rex Carbon.
||It is not unknown for crafty rats to come up through the toilet bowl. Such a device could be left in place to prevent this.
||Folks, today I tried a water balloon --an ordinary lung-
inflate-able balloon instead filled with water-- and it
seems to work
fine, to fit the toilet drain and plug it. It works because
the water-filled balloon has a larger diameter than the
water level in the toilet bowl. Simple and cheap!
||Thrilled for ya, I'm sure :)
||My porcelain throne was designed and made in a place where they eat lots of rice, which I like to imagine is the reason the outflow pipe is smaller than normal, rather than because it was 50c cheaper to produce. So, no problems getting it to plug up.