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DCPete27 06-03-2007 08:22 PM

Leaking tank
I'm a "novice plumber" and have a leak in my toilet. I'm concerned that the spud should be more flush, but currently is raises the tank about 1/2 inch. This results in a tank that leans against the back wall, off-setting the two bolts that hold the tank down. This, in turn, results in a slow leak at these bolts.. (both have rubber washers on both sides..)

Do I need a "flatter" spud? Is there such a thing? I ask this because the other toilets in my house have much less room between the tank and toilet..

Thank you!

Ron The Plumber 06-03-2007 09:05 PM

What brand is this toilet?

DCPete27 06-03-2007 09:45 PM

American Standard Plebe.. circa 1989

Ron The Plumber 06-03-2007 09:49 PM

The AM/STD tank to bowl gasket is a thick one, pull tank and reposition the tank, tighten up in an even fashion, alternating from each bolt till it looks good, see if that fixes the problem.

DCPete27 06-04-2007 09:09 AM

how tight is too tight?
Thanks for the info! Just to clarify: Do I want to tighten the two bolts so that the tank remains competely upright/vertical? Or is it okay for the tank to lean back towards the wall a bit? It would seem that the more it leans, the greater the likelihood of leaking.

But if I tighten it too tight, the ceramic may break....

Ron The Plumber 06-04-2007 07:59 PM

Tighten up even both sides, no leaning, just snug them down, don't over tighten.

DCPete27 06-04-2007 09:31 PM

It leans
It invariably leans into the back wall.. Due to this I placed something between the tank and wall to keep it perfectly upright.

I've tightened, retightened, made sure the gasket was a good fit, over and over.. it will hold for awhile and then the leak begins.. Frustrating as anything! The washers are new, and it seems if I tighten more I may crack the tank..

I hate to do it, but I may be forced to call a plumber..

I appreciate your suggestions and time!:mad:

Ron The Plumber 06-04-2007 09:39 PM

Is it leaking between the tank and bowl? It could be the flush valve gasket that is leaking making you think it is the tank to bowl gasket.

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