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  • n. A floating sphere, attached to a lever, that controls the level of liquid in a cistern


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  • Crapper, who was a plumber by trade in the 19th century, is often incorrectly credited for the invention of the flushing toilet, but put his name to a variety of lavatorial inventions, such as the ballcock.

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  • It's not like selling an overpriced ballcock assembly to some jack ass who bought the complete Time-Life Home Repair series at a yard sale.

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  • War reporting ain't like selling ballcock assemblies

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  • And here's a list of 94, with voting on which sounds dirtiest. #1: "ballcock."

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  • When you need to lay pipe or find a new ballcock in New Orleans, look for the overalls-wearing ballerina with the wooden pointer, riding an oversized tool.

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  • One was a French thing with a gear lever like a cistern's ballcock, the other a Fiat.

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  • The last time -- ah, I recklect well, I was called in to see if somethink wasn't wrong with the ballcock in the top cistin.

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  • In the toilette spray versus eau de parfume of purchasing duration calls, you'll have to ballcock your best judgment.


  • I've researched this on the internet and the reasons seem to be: bad ballcock valve in one of the toilets bad valve in one of the sinks air in the pipes excessively high water pressure from the street

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  • Also, you should previously unusual type of toilet connector back at your visible ballcock or anecdote.



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  • Invented by Thomas Crapper, who did NOT invent the toilet, nor is his name the origin of crap. However, the ballcock is a mechanism for filling water tanks without overflowing them, such as those commonly used in flush toilets.

    October 2, 2009