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Old 09-13-2006, 12:15 AM   #1
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Any help would be appreciated as I am hanging my head in shame.

Toilet slowly lost water every coulpe of hours which would trip the ballcock, it kept me awake at night sometimes and it wasted water. I thought it would be a quick fix but I was wrong. Since everything was old I thought I would replace all parts inside the tank.

I replaced the ballcock and over flowtube with no problems and no leaks. At the same time I replaced the tank/bowl gasket. Like I said I filled the bowl up and there were no leaks. I flushed the toilet and water went everywhere. I said to myself it must not be centered (I also forgot to put a washer back that was used to level the tank on top of the bowl. Anyway after several attemps the same dang leak. I moved the tank around thoroughly cleaned the area. I have also tried several different sized gaskets all with the same results.

If I slightly open the flapper so water drains slowly there is no leak. However, if I properly flush the toilet using the handle for max water flow water comes up and over flows. All of the gaskets I have used seem to fit okay over the threads and nut but do not fit that great onto the bowl. All the gaskets I have tried have been black but the old one was red. I even tried the old gasket and it leaks. I am about to pull my hair out.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I will try anything if it has worked for anyone ie grease, caulk, whatever it may be. I would really not want to buy a new toilet but the one I am working on was made back in 1999 by briggs. Thank you.

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Old 09-13-2006, 12:54 AM   #2
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OK, the overflow tube you're referring to is the flush valve. The washer you're talking about I think is the spud washer. Is this the one that fits over the threads of the flush valve, on the underside of the tank?

Also, how are you attaching the tank to bowl bolts and how snuggly are you tightening them? Are you using one nut per bolt, or two? If two, where are you using them? One other thing to look for is the length of the tank bolts. They may be contacting the bowl and pulling the tank off center of the inlet hole to the bowl.

Let us know what you find.

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Old 09-13-2006, 06:11 AM   #3
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can you post a picture of the old and new gasket that goes between the tank and bowl?
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Old 09-13-2006, 07:27 AM   #4
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Did you use a large or small style tank to bowl gasket? Did you reuse the old tank to bowl gasket or put on a new one.

Always put on a new gasket.
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Old 09-13-2006, 12:04 PM   #5
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I have no experience on this thing, but if I were you, I will replace the whole set...except the tank itself... to avoid things not compatible... fixing them may cost more if time and effort included...

I used to do that for facret... rather than find the parts got worn out... I usually by a new facret on sale... and replace the whole thing...

when it comes to plumbing... I usually do that...
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Gentlemen - I appreciate everyones help in trying to answer my questions and resolve my issue. I was all set to take photos to share but I will not waste anyones time.

As it turns out I am going to replace the entire toilet. The reason I am doing this is I cracked the tank last night. I now need to buy a new tank. As it is the toilet is 18 years old so I might as well spend a few extra $ and just get the whole thing done.

However, when we moved in there is carpeting in the toilet room. I am going to rip this out and put tile down and then the new toilet. I have never laid tile so I guess I will be visiting the flooring forum soon so I can do it right.
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You probably cracked the tank in your six sense on purpose so that you have an execuse to replace the whole thing... it is understood...
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Darn, I was just about to suggest my patented three-step process for toilet repair...
  • Remove toilet from floor and carry outside to driveway.
  • Drop toilet on driveway from overhead position.
  • Reinstall toilet if possible.
If leak is repaired, stop. If leak continues, replace toilet.
Its never failed to fix the problem yet.

p.s. This works really well for computers running Winders Xpea.
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Gentlemen - I appreciate everyones help in trying to answer my questions and resolve my issue. I was all set to take photos to share but I will not waste anyones time.

As it turns out I am going to replace the entire toilet. The reason I am doing this is I cracked the tank last night. I now need to buy a new tank. As it is the toilet is 18 years old so I might as well spend a few extra $ and just get the whole thing done.

However, when we moved in there is carpeting in the toilet room. I am going to rip this out and put tile down and then the new toilet. I have never laid tile so I guess I will be visiting the flooring forum soon so I can do it right.
Hey if your going to buy new toliet go for Toto with GMAX. Its the best flusing toliet on the market. No plunger necessary

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