When I bought my house last year, it took about a day before I realized the upstairs toilet 'ran' if I didn't flush it just right. So, no surprise it eventually failed altogether.
Now, I could reach my hand in the tank and manually flush but I've lived in enough places with 'sometimes' working toilets to know there are ways it can be rigged to work 'for now'. So I made a trip to the hardware store yesterday to see if I could find the same piece that broke (a small, round piece that looks like a (broken) ring). I couldn't.
After spending some time in the plumbing aisle (shout out Hanson Ace Hardware...I know you're listening) with one of the employees, I decided I'd give the flapper chain a try as the hook looked like it would fit in the top hole of the flushing arm and I figured I'd attach the chain portion to the bottom hole somehow with something.
One paper clip later, voila! I have a flushing commode....for now.