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Old 04-18-2009, 09:19 PM   #1
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Hi, I have been searching the internet for some advise on how to fix a problem I am having. I live in apartments and all I need to do is change out the old toilet parts in the tank as they are very old and gross. Also the tank is now a slow fill takes about 30 minutes to an hour between flushes to fill which happened in a snap, no signs of toilet illness. Anyway it is a simple fix that is now halted by a stubborn shut off valve that is stuck in the on position. Normally I would just call the land lord but I want it fixed not further broken or just jimmy rigged....they installed my front door lock upside down so not the brightest repair crew. I have some exp in fixing simple things around the house but I have never come across this problem. The valve is probably about 20 or so years old from the looks of it and the pipes heh even older I would place my money on it. I was informed to put something like a liquid wrench type stuff on the valve stem to help loosen up the seized parts however its been about 4 hours and I have applied it about 4 times then when in after an hour to wiggle the valve it is showing signs of giving but I just want to see if there are any others out there that might can show some light on this so it goes a little faster. I just want to fix the toilet before christmas comes again Sorry for the long issue but I just want to avoid Ideas I am already doing. And yes I know the valve needs to be replaced but I have no clue on where the main water valve for my apartment is or even if I could turn it off if I found it as well.

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Hi, I have been searching the internet for some advise on how to fix a problem I am having. I live in apartments and all I need to do is change out the old toilet parts in the tank as they are very old and gross. Also the tank is now a slow fill takes about 30 minutes to an hour between flushes to fill which happened in a snap, no signs of toilet illness. Anyway it is a simple fix that is now halted by a stubborn shut off valve that is stuck in the on position. Normally I would just call the land lord but I want it fixed not further broken or just jimmy rigged....they installed my front door lock upside down so not the brightest repair crew. I have some exp in fixing simple things around the house but I have never come across this problem. The valve is probably about 20 or so years old from the looks of it and the pipes heh even older I would place my money on it. I was informed to put something like a liquid wrench type stuff on the valve stem to help loosen up the seized parts however its been about 4 hours and I have applied it about 4 times then when in after an hour to wiggle the valve it is showing signs of giving but I just want to see if there are any others out there that might can show some light on this so it goes a little faster. I just want to fix the toilet before christmas comes again Sorry for the long issue but I just want to avoid Ideas I am already doing. And yes I know the valve needs to be replaced but I have no clue on where the main water valve for my apartment is or even if I could turn it off if I found it as well.
Trying to force something to do what it does not want to do is a recipe for disaster, especially when it comes to water.

Call the apt. handy man and let him do it.

If you keep messing with that valve and break it, it could become a soggy nightmare, and you will be responsible for it.

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I agree that it should probably be handled by the apartment people, you break it you might have to pay. But try spraying the valve stem @ the packing nut with some WD-40, PBblaster or similar, let set for a day then try it.
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well I am not the kind of girl that just sits around and waits for the "handy man" to come fix it. But thanks for the advise I am sure it would have worked about 20 years ago on someone. Anyway toilet fixed, valve fixed and I am happy as a clam.
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well i am not the kind of girl that just sits around and waits for the "handy man" to come fix it. But thanks for the advise i am sure it would have worked about 20 years ago on someone. Anyway toilet fixed, valve fixed and i am happy as a clam.
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well I am not the kind of girl that just sits around and waits for the "handy man" to come fix it. But thanks for the advise I am sure it would have worked about 20 years ago on someone. Anyway toilet fixed, valve fixed and I am happy as a clam.
Sooooo how did you fix it?

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