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Old 02-02-2009, 09:34 PM   #1
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hello all, i need a fast answer so i know what to expect when i go to home depot tomorrow

my toilet tank is leaking and i thought it was the line going from the shut off valve to the tank, so i replaced it. its still leaking but its leaking at the water inlet. there is a black gasket that is there that i have removed and it is like dripping black ink from it. is it ink, i doubt it but it looks like it, once it gets on my hands its hard to wash off.

to make a long story short do i need to replace just the black rubber gasket or do i have to replace the whole toilet part that has the float attached to it?

what am i looking at for cost?

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Old 02-02-2009, 09:46 PM   #2
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If you can find a matching gasket do that. If not you can buy the inlet piece (without ball attachment) and replace it and connect it to the ball... another option is to buy the new kind that requires no ball. That would set you back 10-15 bucks max.

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Old 02-02-2009, 09:51 PM   #3
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thank you scotty123!! 15 bucks i can handle. i mean if i have to replace an old part, i might as well replace all of it for that price. i was expecting more than $15
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:51 AM   #4
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If the flush valve is reddish brown or light grey with a black top and float, then it's probably a FluidMaster. If you contact FluidMaster, they'll send you one free. I have FluidMaster ballcocks in all my toilets, and they sent me 10 of those gaskets free.

If it's not a FluidMaster, I'd check the "Master Plumber" section of Home Depot and see if you can buy that black gasket just by itself. You should be able to.

http://www.fluidmaster.com/html/troubleshooting.html

If it's not a FluidMaster, then buy a new FluidMaster fill valve and replace the old one in your toilet. FluidMaster is widely regarded to be the best fill valve design on the market, so most people would recommend you replace what you have with a FluidMaster..
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:00 AM   #5
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Red, go agead and replace the whole fill valve. Here is the whole kit for the toilets from lowes for 19 bucks http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...P30&lpage=none
Or here is just the fill valve for 7 bucks http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...P75&lpage=none

I like to replace all the parts so I don't have to worry about anything else going wrong. If you just replace the fill valve, couple months down the road the flush part might go bad and then you have to dig back into the toilet again. For 20 bucks and another 30 minutes I just do the whole toilet. Good Luck
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there is a black gasket that is there that i have removed and it is like dripping black ink from it. is it ink, i doubt it but it looks like it, once it gets on my hands its hard to wash off. ?
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

The gasket may have biodegraded. Many plastics have petroleum products as some of their ingredients. Some such plastics biodgrade into a sticky oily goo. Chlorine in water can hasten the process.

I have also encountered plastic toilet parts, notably the fill valve, becoming brittle. Thus the advice to replace the whole fill valve assembly, not just the gasket.

Another OT: I have encountered (my house) steel bolts holding the tank to the bowl. Fortunately I caught it (noticing a slow drip) before a bolt rusted through completely, dropped out, and allowing a not-too small trickle that would unleash hundreds of gallons if it happened while I was away at work.

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