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Old 03-02-2013, 08:35 AM   #1
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Bare with me here, I have a good deal of plumbing issues. I am approaching all my toilets on all my properties first. I had the same handyman for over 35 years and he recently retired so I will see what I am able to do myself.

I guess I should tell you this handyman was a real unconventional repair person.

So my first toilet I had to hold the handle all the way down for a while to flush it. I lifted the lid and noticed, first off a few fishing bobbers floating around in there.

The flapper thing just falls right away. Should I just reconnect the bobbers or get a new flapper. It worked for years after he fixed it the first time.

My next question on the same toilet is the fill valve has a floating arm on the end of a rod. Can I just put a fliud master 400 in its place? The toilet tank says 1901, but that must be a mistake.

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Guess he was trying to "save" you some money and not just fix it right.
If it was mine I'd just buy the complete rebuild kit for about $20.00 and replace everything.
Why take the chance of a tank leaking running up your water bill or have to do a maintaince call in the middle of the night?

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I've had good results with Fluid Master valves and flappers----

Change the flapper and flush valve----Let us know if you have any trouble---
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Not really about saving money, I had the biggest plumbing company in town here and the guy tracked up my carpet worse than a dog. Nevertheless, I have been looking at those rebuild kits, is their anything besides a fluidmaster kit. I found a Mansfield toilet for 75 dollars here in town. I am weighting just buying a new toilet. Any word from those out in the field on the mansfield toilets? I can not believe you guys responded so fast, thanks. If I do keep my old toilet, will a "universal flapper fit my toilet or do I need to buy a specific one. Can I set the water level lower than the water line to save water, or should it be set up at the line, thanks gentleman.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:03 AM   #5
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Unless your changing the color or the toilets so badly stained it can not be cleaned I do not see why you would want to change the toilet.
Only benifit would be most likly a new one would use less water perflush.
A cheap toilet will have really cheap guts and will be more trouble then it's worth.
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I'm sorry I had to leave you after so many faithful years. You probably didn't know this but I was raised on a farm just after the great depression and we didn't go to town for every little thing we thought we needed. We often made our own parts for our outdoor toilet. Did you find the lead fishing weight on the end of the arm or did it fall off and go down the tube.
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If you choose to change the toilet --use Kohler or Todo----cheap toilets are usually a waste of money and get replaced after an aggravating ,short stay----------
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Todo, I thought that was the dog in the Wizard of OZ. maybe he was trying to do this.http://www.toolboxsupply.com/plastic...t-flapper.html

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Some people like to try and save a dead part with clever fixes----best to just replace a part like a flapper----I like the rubber ones----
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I pay $75 for a toilet(with seat) out of Mexico. It flushes several 2" balls at once. Toto and kohler couldn't keep up when testing comparable priced models- sometimes you're paying for the name not performance
Either use fluidmaster and replace the guts or spend a little time on the web and research toilets
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i have 30 fluidmasters. i have not found any better. They are cheap, dependable, and easy to install and maintain. That's a hard combination to find these days.
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I pay $75 for a toilet(with seat) out of Mexico. It flushes several 2" balls at once. Toto and kohler couldn't keep up when testing comparable priced models- sometimes you're paying for the name not performance
Either use fluidmaster and replace the guts or spend a little time on the web and research toilets
Any brand name?
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Vortens - Not my video.
I get them from my supplier, not sure if you can get them in stores. they are very popular here with contractors building spec. homes. Pretty darn reliable
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Thanks.

I have three coming up on my future renovation.
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I replaced the flapper with a korky rubber one. Works great for now. The old one cracked it was so dried out.

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