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How can I stop my Geberit flushing system from hissing?

Our toilet will often go into a mood and start hissing. This will go on until I manually operate the filling mechanism to fill the tank higher. I suspect that it is somehow not filling enough and ...
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What should I do about putty that fell in the toilet opening?

When I was lifting off the old toilet a large chunk of plumbers putty/clay fell in the opening. (There was a huge amount under the toilet, and no wax that I could see.) I tried using a vacuum to get ...
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How do I find the valves on a toilet with hidden pipes?

I just came back from holiday to find that water was pouring constantly through my dual-flush toilet, as though it's on permanent flush. A little tinkering revealed the shut off valve is broken - so ...
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What is the proper procedure for replacing rusted toilet anchor bolts?

I have a 1.6 gallon American Standard toilet that rocks a little from side to side. Upon closer examination, it looks like at least 1 (or both) of the anchor bolts are loose (they had corroded ...
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Why do my toilets flush slowly and often incompletely?

I have three toilets that all flush slowly and incompletely. I've adjusted the chain to ensure the flap raises completely. I've raised the float to ensure the tank fills nice and high. Yet I have this ...
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What kind of toilet tank is this?

This is the toilet tank in my apartment. A few days ago I started noticing brown residue in the water. Upon investigation, I encountered a toilet tank I'm not familiar with... there's an "outer" tank, ...
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Maxi Pad flushed down the toilet

I accidently flushed a rolled up maxi pad down the toilet 14 days ago at a friend's house while on vacation. We stayed at their house for 7 days and it was clogged with the pad the first day we stayed ...
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Can I run a toilet drain on the exterior of my house?

I want to install a toilet in my upstairs bedroom. I was told that I cannot connect to the 3" vent line for the downstairs toilets. the main reason being that a vacuum will be created when we flush ...
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Flush valve piping, ok to go straight up instead of into wall?

I am thinking of replacing my upstairs toilet tanks with commercial-style flush valves. Normally the supply pipe to the valve goes into the wall and then upwards through the wall. In my situation it ...
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What could cause a toilet to bubble occasionally, even if sewer line is clear?

I've had a problem for the last month with my toilet emitting air bubbles when I shower. I've had sewer blockage before due to tree roots, so I thought this might be the cause. I had the line snaked ...
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Should I be concerned if the toilet water level drops after a flush?

After flushing, the water level in the bowl drops a bit. It takes about 30 seconds and loses between one and two inches. It starts dropping fairly fast, then slows, then stops, and then the level ...
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How can I determine the size of a hanging toilet mechanism?

We would like to install a hanging toilet in an area that is 65cm wide, which is fine for us. However someone told us that the mechanism of a hanging toilet (that's hidden in the back wall) needs at ...
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What flushmate unit will fit my kohler toilets?

My Kohler toilets have tank number K-4634-AA. I think it is a discontinued model in the Cimarron family. I want to install a flushmate on one toilet to see if the bowl cleans better when flushing. I'm ...
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How can I fix a Groaning/bubbling toilet?

Our toilet "groans" when flushed- it makes a loud noise that does not appear to be correlated with anything I can see. Also, it randomly bubbles and leaves black pulpy residue inside the bowl. Is ...
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How to support the subfloor around a toilet between I joists

I'm replacing some rotted subfloor around a toilet, and I want to add blocking around the flange for extra support, and to give me a place to support the new pieces of subfloor (I'm not planning on ...
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What is causing the vibrations through my water pipes after flushing the toilet?

I am getting vibration through my pipes after flushing, it is also very slow & I am finding cement pellets at the bottom of the pan
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Cleaning an R&T A1250 toilet fill valve

I have a slow-filling toilet, and it looks like a common fix is to clean out the fill valve. For some types of fill valve you just push down and turn to take it apart; this one, apparently an R&T ...
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Why does this toilet clog so often?

My inlaws have one toilet in their house that regularly clogs. They have two more toilets that don't seem to clog at all. They live in a suburb with full plumbing (not a septic tank). The toilet isn't ...
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Dual Flush Conversion not sealing anymore

About a year ago we bought a dual flush conversion kit for the very old and very high-capacity toilet in the house we just purchased. I don't remember the exact model, but I believe it either was this ...
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Why does my toilet make air noises when nothing is being used?

There is no back up in sink or shower. Nothing using water is turned on. Flush handle is sometimes hard to press. Why?
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toilet not flushing properly flapper closing too soon

I installed a new flapper and it doesn't stay open long enough. the chain is short to the point not much left to shorten. it was the proper flapper but just does not stay open long enough unless I ...
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How hard is it to replace a broken-off toilet seat?

This toilet seat and lid attach to the base with a couple of big plastic screws. The plastic of the seat assembly has torn away from one of the attaching screws. It looks very easy to replace, but ...
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New Toilets Not Flushing Properly

Installed two American Standard 1.6 GPF toilets this weekend. They both worked well at first but on day two they would work for one or two flushes then stop. I ran the auger through every drain in the ...
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Why is there a continuous dripping sound coming from my toilet?

There is a dripping sound coming from my toilet. It happens about once a minute constantly. I've eliminated every possibility I could think of: I put food coloring into the tank and waited 20 ...
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How to fix a threaded toilet shutoff valve?

This valve is leaking from the area shown. I tried unscrewing the valve but it wouldn't budge. The pipe it's connected to is 60 years old, so I need to be gentle. What's the safest way to take it ...
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Is there a way to fix a small water leak in a PVC pipe from inside the pipe?

The PVC evacuation pipe from my toilet is leaking a little bit. The part of the pipe that is leaking is buried inside concrete. I am trying to find a way to fix the leak from inside the pipe, that is ...
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What should I know before having bathroom fixtures installed?

I recently removed the old towel rack in the bathroom (which was badly installed because it left huge holes inside and the rack was hanging and I had to literally tug it out, which took me ages!) and ...
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water runs in the toilet line even when it is not flushed [duplicate]

Water is running through the toilet line area as though I flushed the toilet and I did not flush it. There is no other water running in the house. No faucets, no showers, no dish washer or washing ...
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Can I replace a toilet tank, only? what do I need to know regarding tank size to match to existing bowl?

I have to replace a toilet tank that has cracked down the entire side. What dimensions, and capacities to I need to know when finding a tank to fit the existing bowl?
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Are toilets supposed to be caulked to the floor?

I've heard that in some cases toilets are supposed to be caulked to the floor. I replaced both toilets in the condo I moved into last week, and one was calked to the floor, and one was not. One ...
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My child flushed a flashlight down the toilet, how do I get it out?

My 2 year old flushed flashlight down the toilet a couple weeks ago, and now its starting to clog. It worked fine at first, so I thought that maybe it went all the way down, but I've been having to ...
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Purpose of Fill Valve Tube Going into Overflow Drain

I can easily understand the purpose of the overflow tube itself, but why is the little black hose that comes from the fill valve placed down into the overflow tube? On my toilet, there is a strong ...
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Wall mount toilet mounting

We need to replace a wall mounted toilet. It is supported by four 1/2 inch bolts in a rectangular pattern around (presumably centered on) the outflow. The horizontal spacing is 9 inches, the ...
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How to reduce toilet tank refill noise?

The refill tube that goes from the valve into the overflow tube in my toilet tank sprays water with quite a bit of pressure and makes a lot of noise when the tank refills. It's attached with a clip ...
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How can I eliminate condensation on my toilet tank?

My toilet is getting a great deal of condensation on the tank and dripping onto the floor. What can be done to address condensation on the exterior of a toilet tank?
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What could cause my toilet to 'Gurgle'?

The last few days the toilets in the house (2 toilets) are making a gurgling noise. When I go and look, I can see the water is standing very low. When I then flush the toilet, the water either keeps ...
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Toilet gurgling when another one is flushing: 6-way joint

I have 2 adjacent bathrooms, with toilets opposite of each other. I recently upgraded one older toiled that took a minute to flush with 3.5 gallons of water to 1.2 GPF model with "aquapiston" ...
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quarter turn shutoff valve won't completely close

I have a quarter turn shutoff valve on our toilet that won't turn all the way off. It turns about 75 degrees and still lets a bit of water pass through. From 0-45 degrees, it feels fine, just like ...
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What can I do about a toilet flange that is 1/4" below the finished floor?

I used two wax seals to set my toilet since the flange is 1/4" below the new tile. At first it seemed to be water tight but after a few flushes I noticed water seeping and pulled it out. As can be ...
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Installing new toilet. Does the wax ring have to fit snug around the hole in the underside of the toilet?

I got a new toilet complete with installation kit. The illustrations on the directions appear to say to apply the wax ring around the drain opening beneath the toilet then set the toilet down on the ...
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Do I need to replace this toilet ring?

You can see the ring is broken on the right side.
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What is the best way to clean toilet bowl stains?

Bought a house a little over a year ago and it was previously a foreclosure and sat for a while. Because of that, it hadn't been cleaned for a while and developed some stains around the water line in ...
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Toilet does full-blast, one-second refill every hour or so

I wouldn't lose sleep over this, except the unexpected and fierce sound startles my girlfriend and cat every time. So I just replaced the refill valve on our toilet (using a kit, so everything from ...
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What do I do with a sewer pipe (toilet rough-in) full of cement?

I have a problem that is mind boggling. I bought a house and am now just getting ready to put a toilet in the basement, which has a cement slab. I just took the cover off the rough-in expecting the ...
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How can I remove a plastic flange from a 4 inch PVC pipe?

Having an issue trying to remove a plastic flange from a 4 inch PVC pipe. I tried cutting and chiseling it away. It must have been cemented with a primer and cement. Are there any other (simple) ...
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I run my hot water in the bathroom sink and the toilet next to it starts bubbling [duplicate]

I run my hot water in the bathroom sink and the toilet next to it starts bubbling. What could be causing this?
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Would it work if I glued a new closet flange to an existing closet flange?

abs closet flange is 1 and half inch lower than floor. the flange inlet is ID 4 inches. I am thinking of use some abs cement to glue a new abs flange into the existing one. (I assume 4x3 flange can go ...
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What do I do about a toilet flange that is too high?

I just had the floors in my bathroom replaced and now the flange is too high. When I put the toilet on top, the front touches the floor, but the back does not. The flange and piping are PVC, and the ...
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Why does my toilet randomly start running?

Sometimes my toilet starts running for a few seconds at a time, like it's just finishing filling up the tank. Usually this happens when the bathtub is being drained, or when I turn on the facets in ...
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How can I disconnect my water line from the toilet?

I'm trying to replace the bits inside my toilet. The water supply line is stuck where it goes into the toilet, The plastic connector seems "glued" to the fill valve assembly. How can I get it off?