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Old 01-20-2013, 07:45 AM   #1
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We have a toilet that two days ago started dripping water. Please see the attached image. My BF fiddled with it couple times and every time it stopped leaking only to start again after a few hours. I need to fix it. I have never done any plumbing repair or for that matter any repair before. So, I will need noob level instructions of how to go about it, including what tools I will need. Can you help please?
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:09 AM   #2
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Is the leak from the flexible tube or does it come from the valve by the handle?

Wipe the suspect areas with tissue---that will tell where the actual water is coming from.

Most common place--the valve---fix---put a wrench on the cap nut (thing with the valve stem poking through it) --and tighten it up about 1/4 turn.

If the feed line is leaking---replace it with a new one----
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:23 AM   #3
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This is where the water is dripping from. Thanks for your tip of wiping with tissue and then looking.
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Replacing the hose between the tank and shutoff valve may fix it, or it could be the washer that seals between the fill valve and toilet tank.

I would first replace the hose. While it's off, see if there's any obvious damage or leaks around the fill valve.
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I would start where stephen is suggesting as well. That hose is supposed to be tightened hand tight. Still, you usually can't get them off with your hand. Use channel-lock pliers.

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...kBwPvr7QFTFDFQ

When you get the new one, attach the part near the toilet with your hands. Attach the part near the wall with an adjustable wrench ("crescent wrench").

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Thanks!! I looked againa nd it does look like it must be the hose. I needed the info on the tools, so thanks again!
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In case you don't know, make sure to shut off the stop valve before you disconnect the hose, or you'll be taking a cold, high-pressure shower.
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Replaced the hose. The dripping hasn't completely stopped but far less than before. Do we just need to tighten the hose?
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100% sure it's not the stem packing nut that's not leaking.
It needs to be only snuged up in most cases. Be very carefull when tightning, over tighten and it's trash.
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Well you got a new hose. Might replace the fluidmaster. Now everything has been fixed which could be the culprit. It could be the seal under the fluidmaster. Its only like 10 at homedepot for a new fluidmaster(The fill valve inside of tank)
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Wow, that's a funny looking flush valve^^^^. Sell many?
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@747 I will try replacing the fluid master tonight and let you know.
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