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Tmb9862 05-24-2007 06:47 PM

Two piece toilet leak
I took out my two piece toilet. In putting it back in managed to knock the brass nipple sticking out the the back for the pipe which goes to the tank. In doing so the nipple actually came out a little bit. I pushed it back in but now I have a leak around the washer in the back. It seems I need to tighten the nut holding the washer down but doing so spins the nipple as well. Their are two tabs inside the nipple however, is their some sort of tool that goes in there to hold it while you tighten the nut?[/url]

Pipes 05-24-2007 07:07 PM

You need a spud wrench. If you are getting that deep into it I suggest you replace the spud and flush elbow. The new flush elbow should come with new washers.
I love my old 1926 American Standard, that water closet will suck down a grape fruit whole.

Tmb9862 05-24-2007 07:44 PM

Thanks for the advice. I figured out how it comes apart and works and I got it to seal. I'll probably just replace the seal and elbow soon anyway since they seem dried/corroded.

What I can't figure out is how a spud wrench helps you to grab the tabs inside the nipple? Is this what you're talking about?

brownie 05-24-2007 07:49 PM

Ouch !!
I don't know about you BUT if I passed a whole grape fruit, I don't think I'd care if the damn toilet flushed.:eek: :laughing:

Ron The Plumber 05-25-2007 01:49 AM

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Not only will this tool tighten up the shoe on the tub drain it will fit snuggly on the tabs of the spud your talking about.

Tmb9862 05-28-2007 02:24 PM


Originally Posted by Ron The Plumber (Post 46190)
Not only will this tool tighten up the shoe on the tub drain it will fit snuggly on the tabs of the spud your talking about.

None of the three plumbing supplies around here ended up having that tool large enough to fit the 2in spud. I found out what he ment ealier by a spud wrench and that would have worked however I would have had to cut it down. I wound up using a pair of channel locks in the spud to grab the tabs and an adjustable wrench to hold the channel locks.

I wound up just changing the whole spud, the flush valve seal and the nuts/washers on the flush elbow while it was apart. They wanted $30 for the flush elbow and mine doesn't really have any signs of wear.

Toilet is now in and all is dry. Thanks to everyone for the help.

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