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Old 11-15-2013, 10:08 AM   #1
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so I noticed a tiny little puddle on the floor of the bathroom, after looking closer it looks like it is leaking from the supply line

im still new to household plumbing as plumbing is the only thing that scares me -- neighbor across the st is a plumber so he came over (after i saw him do it, its SO easy) and changed out the supply line from a solid metal to a flex hose

it, however is still leaking, but I noticed he put on a used one, i wonder if its bad?

1) the water is leaking (at a rate of a few drops) still happens, and it is coming from the threads of the supple from the tank

2) when i have the water shut off (at the shutoff valve for toilet) no water leaks from the threads

could it possibly be another faulty supply line (as it was used) -- it could it be a problem with the internal guts of the fill supply?

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Anything is possible; washer, crossthreaded, not tight enough, etc. Please post a pic of the leak so we can better assist you. Thanks.


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mmm, ok, will do it when I get home

edit: tho it wont really be a picture of a leak, the water SLOWLY drips out of the threads (up above the connection) i guess it will make more sense when i post the pic, lol
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You can try just tightening it first. Take it off and reinstall it, make sure it's not crossthreaded. Use a pair of pliers if you have to, but go easy as they are suppose to be hand tightened only to the toilet bowl tank side (plastic threads) and are very easy to strip. If that doesn't work, get a new supply line and try again. Old supply line he gave you may be stripped or toilet tank side threads may be stripped.

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Old 11-15-2013, 10:32 AM   #5
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Do yourself a favor and buy a new toilet flex line on your way home-

Chances are the used one is defective, not tight enough, or you have bad threads on the toilet. Putting on a new line will eliminate all issues related to the line- it's a process of elimination.
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What your Flex supply line hooks to is called a ballcock. That nut that holds down the seal to that could be loose or bad meaning you might need a new ballcock .
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Two possibilities why it is leaking at the supply line. The fitting is cracked for the supply line, where it connects at the tank, or the rubber gasket inside the line where it fits against the fitting for the tank, has been removed, or is all torn up, and you need a new supply line.

You do not need some fancy stainless steel braided line, just the standard line will work. Now if the fitting is cracked, you will have to replace that whole assembly in the tank.

Now of course if that is not it, it could be the rubber gaskets for the hold down bolts, the doughnut between the discharge of the tank and the bowl, or just sweating, due to too humid in the bath, which is causing the colder water in the tank to make it sweat like a Ice Cold Soda pop or Beer can in hot weather.
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hey all

turns out the supply line that was used as a replacement had no washer in it *grrr*

after buying a new one from lowes i put it on 123 and no more drips and leaks, thanks for info!
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Thanks for the final results. Glad everything worked out for you.

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