What is this? Loose part found in toilet tank

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What is this? Loose part found in toilet tank

Post by VanTry2DIY » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:26 pm

Found this object in the tank while replacing all the internals in our house's 1969 Gerber commode. It doesn't look to have been doing anything so curious if it serves some toilet related purpose or was left in by mistake?
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Re: What is this? Loose part found in toilet tank

Post by Shannon » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:45 pm

I really can’t identify that
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Re: What is this? Loose part found in toilet tank

Post by A. Spruce » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:01 am

That is the dynamic flow oscillator, it regulates ionic flux to prevent hard water stains . . . or . . . it's a random piece of junk someone left behind. My money is on the latter. :wink: :mrgreen:

It looks like a foreign object to me. I've never seen any toilet parts like that. 8-)
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Re: What is this? Loose part found in toilet tank

Post by Aaron » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:27 am

No clue.

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Post by Shannon » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:47 am

Take a picture with it out of the package
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Re: What is this? Loose part found in toilet tank

Post by A. Spruce » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:17 am

I'd guess that it's something along the lines of a zinc bar to prevent corrosion or tank slime build up.
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Re: What is this? Loose part found in toilet tank

Post by VanTry2DIY » Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:29 pm

A. Spruce wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:01 am
That is the dynamic flow oscillator, it regulates ionic flux to prevent hard water stains . . . or . . . it's a random piece of junk someone left behind. My money is on the latter. :wink: :mrgreen:

It looks like a foreign object to me. I've never seen any toilet parts like that. 8-)
Ha! That would explain why the toilet continued to leak slightly.

Here is a pic out of the case. Seems to be a magnet of some kind, surely left in my mistake.
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Post by Admin » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:28 pm

Toilet magnet, huh never heard of such a thing.

See https://www.lehmans.com/product/toilet-magnets-set-of-4 - you can still buy them, $12.99 for a set of 4.
We all know sometimes it's the "crazy" things that really work. Drop magnets (housed in clear plastic) into the tank of your toilet and walk away. The long-lasting magnets prevent natural minerals that exist in all water from staining your toilet bowl and building up on any metal parts of the toilet. Lime and minerals flush right down the drain.

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Post by A. Spruce » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:32 pm

SPRUCEY FOR THE WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: What is this? Loose part found in toilet tank

Post by Shannon » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:29 am

Well that’s a new one? Never ever heard of that
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Re: What is this? Loose part found in toilet tank

Post by VanTry2DIY » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:21 am

Very interesting--thanks all for the replies.

For what it's worth, the inside of this toilet tank is completely lined with orange rust/deposit despite the magic of the magnet. 50 year old toilet aside, I can't see how these magnets would work if all of the water does not circulate through them, and even then...

I'll probably throw it back in there and cross my fingers for another 50 years of service :)

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