Running Toilet

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Old 01-11-02, 06:01 AM
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Question Running Toilet

My toilet constantly runs slightly and I was told I might need to replace the seat valve. I have adjusted the ball. The water level goes as high as it can without running over into the overflow pipe, but I can still hear water running. When I go to the basement, I can hear it dripping into the pipes.
I have an American Standard tilt valve. I have never done work on my toilet and wonder if I should try replacing this myself or is it too risky. I do not want to start something that will leave me without the convenience of plumbing if it can be easily messed up or is too difficult to tackle. I am learning some home repair skills as each new problem occurs. I am not totally helpless with tools, but certainly not an expert.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-11-02, 06:08 AM
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You just need to replace the flapper. You don't even need to turn off the water.
Remove the old flapper, clean the seat it seals on with steel wool or SOS pad, and install the new flapper.
Adjust the chain so that it is just long enough to allow the new flapper to fully seat and seal.
Good luck!
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Old 01-11-02, 06:26 AM
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Mike -

Is replacing the flapper a big deal? Is it fairly easy? (not for you, for me) I just don't want to mess something up and put my toilet out of commission!

As you can tell, plumbing scares me.

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Old 01-11-02, 06:36 AM
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It's a simple fix. Got to Home Depot or Lowes or the like and get it in the plumbing department. Also look in the book department and get a copy of the Readers Digest Home repair book. It used to have a blue cover. I goes into good step by step methods for doing all sorts of repairs around the house.
 
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Old 01-11-02, 07:36 AM
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That's it. Just as Gary said.
And I also highly recommend the Reader's Digest how-to book (I have an old one and a new one).
Good luck!
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