Well, I said, let's see what we can do with it. I grabbed the plunger he had setting next to the toilet filled the bowl with water by hold the flapper open. inserted and depressed the plunger, pulled back sharply and away it went. The young man expressed his feeling of frustration with how how easily I accomplished what he had tried numerous times without success.
Unclogging a toilet is one of those "basic" skills I believe every homeowner should posses. Most people attempt it and fail, not for lack of effort but for lack of understanding. Yep, there is a right way and a wrong way to plunge a toilet... So let's divulge the trade secrecy that so many plumbers won't tell you. Properly plunging a toilet means emphasizing the retraction of the plunger rather than the push. The process should be to gently and fully depress the plunger into the bowl then pull back with a short, quick motion. The idea is to pull the clog out of the toilet trap instead of trying to force it through the trap. Nine out of ten times, that does the job.
There it is friends, now you know.... AGP