Does Old High Level Cast Cistern need Diaphram?

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  1. FinbarSaunders

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    Hi,
    Ive just fitted an old cast iron high level cistern bought from a reclamation yard but I cant get it to flush. it consists of the body with the flush pipe coming up through covered by a bell shaped ... well, bell which it then connected to the lever on top. There is no sign of any diaphram inside the bell, is this missing? I did try to make one out of plastic but this didn seem to pull the water up either.
    Many Thanks,
    Finbar
     
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    No. It's probably missing a part from the bell that's called the bell end.
    Go and ask for one at your local plumbers' merchants.
     
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    And not a double entendre any where !!

    No they do not have syphon washers !!

    Increase the water level and see if it works!!

    These were notorious for giving you a cold shower on the top of your head when flushed !!
     
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    I must admit that i did increase the water level to well over the mark but no joy, does the bell need priming full of water?
     
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    I thought they were just a bell and somehow lifted the water up over the flush pipe?

    Bell end?

    Tony
     
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    ok so no diaphram as such which is how it is now but its not lifting the water does anyone know what it originally had?
    by the way my name actually is Finbar but that had gone as a username check for yourselves! :)
     
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    Increasing the liquid level helps but the last one I saw I had to pull on the bell end much harder and faster than usual before it would ejaculate its fluid into the receptacle.

    terrywookfit seems to want a double entendre. Can you give him one?
     
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    Is your equivalent of the vertical pipe, inside the bell, intact? It has to be high enough or there won't be enough pull on the water.
     
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    F'naar F'naar :LOL:
     
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    yes the pipe is intact, cue more sillyness
     
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