Running Toilet

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Old 03-05-00, 12:25 PM
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My toilet was running, so my boyfriend replaced all the parts. It still runs. So he replaced the hose and the shut off valve. It still runs. So he took it all apart and made sure the toilet is clean under the flapper, and replaced the gasket, as well. It still runs. We are out of ideas. The toilet doesn't leak so, since there is no crack or leak, it doesn't seem like the toilet needs to be replaced. What else can it be? Sometimes it runs for a very long time (usually after flushing). Other times it just starts running on its own, and stops after a few seconds. Thank you for any advice you can offer.
 
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Old 03-05-00, 06:46 PM
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Your flapper valve, or the flapper seat is bad, based on what you said in the last 2 sentences. If the flapper has already been replaced, the replace the tank to bowl connection, where the flapper valve seats. That will cure the problem, unless there is a crack in the tank, in which case you replace the toilet.
quote:<HR>Originally posted by Snooze:
My toilet was running, so my boyfriend replaced all the parts. It still runs. So he replaced the hose and the shut off valve. It still runs. So he took it all apart and made sure the toilet is clean under the flapper, and replaced the gasket, as well. It still runs. We are out of ideas. The toilet doesn't leak so, since there is no crack or leak, it doesn't seem like the toilet needs to be replaced. What else can it be? Sometimes it runs for a very long time (usually after flushing). Other times it just starts running on its own, and stops after a few seconds. Thank you for any advice you can offer. <HR>


 
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Old 03-05-00, 07:46 PM
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SQUEEZE A LITTLE LIQUID BLUE TIDY BOWL IN THE BACK OF THE TANK AND WAIT TEN TO FIFTEEN MINUTES,DO NOT FLUSH,AND SEE IF THE WATER IN THE BOWL TURNS BLUE,IF SO YOU KNOW IT IS THE FLAPPER,TRY RESURFACING THE SEAT WITH A PIECE OF SAND CLOTH,IF THATS NOT IT THE WATER PRESSURE IN THE HOUSE COULD BE TO HIGH
CAUSING THE FILL VALVE TO RUN AND HISS
 
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Old 03-12-00, 06:17 AM
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In your reply, you said we should replace the "tank to bowl connection". I don't know what that means. He replaced the thing I am calling a "gasket" which goes between the tank and bowl,I believe. He showed it to me and it was cracked and hard, so he bought a new one and put it in. This is a round black piece of rubber. Well, after this, the toilet continued to run and the only thing that had not been replaced was the handle. He had a makeshift piece of wire at the end of the old corroded arm, attached to the flapper. So we replaced that yesterday and all day yesterday the toilet was quiet. We thought we had finally fixed it. Guess what? The toilet is running again. It is not fixed. He tells me I have to pull up on the handle after pushing it down. Well, I have no intentions of doing that for the rest of my life. I don't know if we bought the wrong handle (since people in hardware stores don't really seem to know anything), or if it was installed incorrectly. I took the lid off the tank and watched when I flushed it, and indeed the flapper goes go down when you pull up on the handle. But, like I said, I have no intentions of doing this for the rest of my life. I am totally frustrated with this toilet. I called a plumber and they want $50 just as a service call fee. Then I found a handy man who will do a service call for $35. I'm still hoping we won't have to call in a handy man. Everything, I mean, everything has been replaced on the toilet now. Everything. And it still runs. If you are talking about some other piece besides the gasket I told you about, please let me know and use the word for it besides "connection between tank and toilet." I need to know what to ask for when I go into the store. Thank you.
 
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Old 03-12-00, 06:54 AM
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GARPLUMCO:

I am NOT a plummer but would like to add in my two cents worth, simply to help Snooze and also, so we all can learn more:

Is it possible the tank is just overfilling and the water is running down the overflow?

Can the overflow tube have a barely visable, if at all visable, hair line crack or just not be seated correctly???

Your next posting will be most appreciated.

Thanks,
TomBartco

PS: <This is the edited part>

ALL toilets are designed to keep running.
The primary reason why they are BOLTED to the floor...hahaha

The second reason is to keep them stable while we adorn the THRONE...hahaha

[This message has been edited by TomBartco (edited March 12, 2000).]
 
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