Interesting toilet problem


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Old 08-18-04, 05:36 AM
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Angry Interesting toilet problem

I'm having an interesting problem with my toilet continuing to run after the tank is full.

I have a Fluidmaster fixture inside the tank, and there is a small rubber hose on top of the overflow pipe that shoots water back into the pipe when it's flushed. The problem is that it continues to run after the tank is full, and the toilet will automatically flush itself every 15 minutes or so, even if i'm not there.

I can pull the hose out of the pipe, and the water will stop. I can even make a upward kink in the hose, and that will stop it, but when I do that, the hose is so close to the lip of the bracket that holds it that, unless I'm standing there holding it, it will slip out of the bracket and shoot water everywhere.

Any help would be appreciated.
 
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Old 08-18-04, 06:07 AM
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There is supposed to be clip in the end of the tube from the Fluidmaster to the overflow tube to hold it in place so that the incoming water all shoots into the overflow tube.
There should be a horizontal indentation inside the tank to indicate the proper water level. Pinch the little clip on the Fluidmaster rod and slide it up or down to adjust the water level.
Your problem, however, most likely is the flapper.
Replace the flapper. If your overflow tube has little L-shaped brackets at the bottom, cut out the flapper rubber ring and use the rubber flapper "ears" to attach it to those brackets (works better that way).
Clean the flapper seat with steel wool or SOS pad.
Shorten the chain of the new flapper to where it just allows the flapper to seat fully.
Good luck!
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Old 08-18-04, 06:21 PM
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I don't see how it could be the flapper. I checked it, and it's in perfect condition. It's only about 4 years old.

Whenever I raise the hose, the water stops even when I put it back into the hole.
 
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Old 08-19-04, 05:51 AM
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Then I would simply replace the Fluidmaster 400A fill valve (only about $7 bucks).
Just follow the directions that come with it.
Good Luck!
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Old 08-19-04, 05:57 AM
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Hello: supersaint

That type of fill valve works that way. Lifting the hose above the water line shuts it off as well as the float. The clues to the problem is in the two statements you made: "I can pull the hose out of the pipe, and the water will stop." "Whenever I raise the hose, the water stops even when I put it back into the hole."

The hose, which goes into the overflow, is not suppose to extend down into the overflow tube so the hose end is below the water line. If that hose is too low and below the waterline, the problem you are having results.

Shorten the hose by cutting off some excess so the hose end remains just above the water line with hose secured in the clip. Adjust waterline to correct fill level marked in tank as Mike instructed.

Hope this helps.
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