Clean Toilet Fill Valve?

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Old 04-04-17, 08:36 AM
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Clean Toilet Fill Valve?

Can the valve below be disassembled and cleaned.

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Background: It has been partially clogged for years but yesterday the city replaced the pipe to the meter on their side and now it is totally clogged. I verified the supply valve and line is clear.

I know it's not expensive to replace but would like to try cleaning if possible.
 
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Old 04-04-17, 09:52 AM
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I don't know if they can be disassembled or not. I know I wouldn't even consider it unless I had a replacement handy. You might try back flushing the valve. I often get debris in my lines from the water company working down line. Sometimes back flushing is easier than disassembly.
 
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Old 04-04-17, 10:15 AM
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Thanks. How do you backflush?
 
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Old 04-05-17, 03:02 AM
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You'd probably need take it off but you'd run the water thru backwards .... maybe with the help of a water hose. While I've done it with the interior spigots I've never tried it on a commode fill valve.
 
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Old 04-05-17, 03:26 AM
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If you're going to have to remove it to clean it, I'd spend the $10 on a Fluidmaster 400, moving into the 21st century and be done with worn out parts. 10 minute job.
 
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Old 04-05-17, 03:54 AM
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Yes it can be cleaned and rebuilt. But not worth the effort. As stated above, buy a FM400 and at the same time replace the flapper too. In for a penny, in for pound! May as well start out with all new internals and avoid another repair a month from now.
 
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Old 04-05-17, 04:02 AM
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Yep, I forgot about the flapper. Change it, too. Wifey called from Denver yesterday saying the downstairs toilet was running off and on. I told her to look in the tank and wiggle the flapper. Eeewww, you're kidding me? Nope, it's clean water. She said the flapper was slimy, so I told her to call SIL and have him bring a new one home. I love remote repairs.
 
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Old 04-06-17, 09:58 AM
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That plastic bell crank is just waiting to break also.
 
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Old 04-06-17, 10:39 AM
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Just turn off water and remove ball and arm. Then remove top. Unscrews I believe on that model. Maybe snaps off.

Clean it and turn on water a little to flush out wile open. Not too much or water will hit the ceiling. ( Ask me how I know!!! )

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moving into the 21st century and be done with worn out parts.
Thats funny...
 
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Old 04-06-17, 10:40 AM
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That plastic bell crank is just waiting to break also.
Agreed. Never liked those plastic units. I always encourage my customers to use the metal units.
 
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Old 04-06-17, 02:47 PM
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Thanks Mike. First thing I tried was unscrewing the top. That's how I thought it worked. Wouldn't turm. With your encouragement I'll try harder.
 
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