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Old 07-30-2011, 08:30 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Sorry if this has already been answered, but I did some searching and couldnt seem to find my exact problem.

I tried to replace the wax seal on my upstairs toilet yetsterday. Overall the job went pretty well, minus the fact that I tried to be a hero and move the toilet by myself, and set it in the tub upside down so it could drain out and I could clean off the old wax.

Upon doing so, I took a break by resting it on the tank (so the bowl was pointing skywards, like a chair that tipped backwards. The water connector line from the water supply to the bottom of the tank broke off, so I ran to home depot and got another one, easy fix.

BUT, upon getting the toilet back on and the water line attached, the toilet now leaks a considerable amount (maybe 2 cups) upon flushing. No leak when the tank is filling. I am thinking I broke something on the inside when I set it on its tank, given that it must have dropped an inch or so once that water line broke off. Is this fixable or did I ruin the whole toilet? It is a two piece.

Thanks in advance, realllly cant afford a plumber right now lol. As usual, you guys are awesome!

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Old 07-30-2011, 08:38 AM   #2
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Take the tank off the bowl. There should be a doughnut shaped seal between the two. Replace with new. Careful when you tighten it back up that you dont break the flanges off the bowl.

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Thanks a bunch! To take the tank off the bowl, I have noticed that their are two plastic screws in the bottom of the tank with a nut holding everything together from the bottom. When trying to unscrew these I nearly stripped them after one try. Would it be worth it to replace these with something more robust while I do this?
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Where exactly is it leaking from? If between tank and bowl, do as 12 penny says. If on floor, you did not set wax ring correctly.

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HELP!! Toilet leaking from sides of tank when flushed.


And if leaking from the tank lid--the little hose simply came out of the over flow tube.
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It is leaking from where the tank meets the bowl.

Any thoughts on using better hardware when I attach the tank back to the bowl? It is going to be a bear to get off and I would rather avoid that in the future
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Typically the tank rebuild kit comes with new seal--and tank bolts and washers.
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Be sure to take model # and brand name info with you. There ARE different sealing foam rings for different brands. Also different for pressurized/not pressurized tanks too.
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Be sure to take model # and brand name info with you. There ARE different sealing foam rings for different brands. Also different for pressurized/not pressurized tanks too.
(don't ask me how I found THAT out! )

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Would bringing the broken seal with me to HD help determine that? I don't see a model number, just that its an American Standard and then the LPF/GPF rate. Its a basic toilet, I do know that.

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Would it be worth it to replace these with something more robust while I do this?
Replace the screws.

If you chew up a screw when removing it, even just a little, do not re-use it. Throw it out immediately.

Otherwise if there is a next time then you might not be able to get the screw out.
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So.... got home after a ten hour workday... ready to attack the toilet, and when I flushed it to drain it out... no leak!! I am obviously going to test it out more, but if no water shows up, should I still take the whole thing apart? Could the water be leaking into the subfloor now instead? I dont really see how that is possible because their is literally no moisture on the outside of the bowl, but I am paranoid. Things like this never happen to me, I am Mr. Murphy'slaw
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Make sure the bolts are tight between the tank and bowl---Could be the tank was out of position a bit due to loose bolts.
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So I wok up this morning, and their was now some water coming between the tank and the bowl, via the screw that holds the two together. After further inspection, I now see that the toilet has developed a small crack which is leaking a few drops of water around the screw. Does this mean new toilet?
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I would dare say yes.

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