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Is it Possible to Coat the Subfloor Around a Toilet Flange to Prevent Rot?

I'm renovating a bathroom. Is there some kind of paint or chemical that I can apply to the subfloor around the toilet flange to keep it from rotting?
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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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How to build a toilet under the sewer level?

I have an old garage that I am recovering. Among other fixes I want to build a toilet. The issue here is that it's under the sewer level. Is it still possible to build it? What do I need?
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Toilet bubbles and gurgles after capping vent stack

We had a bad wax ring on the toilet so we replaced that, then we decided to replace the toilet with a newer model. Now the toilet doesn't flush right--sometimes we have to flush it a couples of times ...
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When bolting down a porcelain toilet, how tight is “too tight”?

Tightening bolts on the base of a toilet is the one thing about toilet installation that has me the most nervous. They say not to over-tighten, but how tight is too tight before the porcelain is ...
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Toilet too close to wall

I have a toilet that is too close to the sidewall. It is a slab foundation. What are my options for fixing this without ripping up the floor? I thought orginally an offset toilet flange but I need ...
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Toilet paper clogging the toilet

We have quite an old toilet in our house and every time toilet paper is flushed down it completely clogs, it can be a little or a lot of toilet paper. It doesn't do this with anything else, just ...
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Why does the shower get cold when I flush, and how can I prevent it?

When the shower is running and someone flushes a toilet, why does the shower get cold (or sometimes hot) in some houses, but not others? More importantly, would fixing that require replacing the ...
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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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Fixing an inwall toilet constantly flowing

I have a Schwab inwall toilet. Water keeps flowing heavily after flushing. I took everything out of the wall and found that the reason is because the ?hammer doesn't come back up again, therefore the ...
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Maneuverable Toilet spray pipes like kink free collapsing Garden hoses?

After my travels and stays across the Globe I have realized that a Toilet Spray followed by Toilet paper is more hygenic than only one of them. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bidet_shower Are there ...
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Fixing a running toilet

I have a toilet that runs periodically, like maybe half the time after a flush. For what it's worth, it's not a constant run, but rather the water kicks on every 5 minutes or so to top off the tank. ...
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Toilet supply line leaking at toilet connection

I turned off the water supply valve to my toilet (a push-pull type with the supply line crimped on) and disconnected the water supply line from the toilet (the other side does not come off apparently ...
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Will the water be able to drain out of a blocked toilet?

Our toilet is backed up and water is filled to the brim but there is nothing else in the bowl. I turned off the water supply for the toilet with the little knob connected to the wall, but will the ...
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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 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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Toilet paper to the left or right?

I just repainted my bathroom, and at the same time decided to replace the toilet paper dispenser. I patched the holes from the previous TP holder, so I'm starting with a clean slate. I'm at the ...
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What would cause a slight thumping noise in water pipes on toilet and washer?

Everyone once in a while, some of the pipes in our house make some noise, mainly only when you flush a the one toilet, or use the washer. When using the sinks, hoses, or shower, the noise is not ...
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Toilet Tank slow leak, have all new parts, tried all troubleshooting…help!

Just installed the Fluidmaster 400ARHRK (http://www.fluidmaster.com/our-products/toilet-fill-valves-toilet-parts/400arhrkp10-performaxr-all-in-one-toilet-repair-kit.html) and we still have a slow leak ...
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surges in my toilet

My toilet surges at night and the water heater is fine and my pipes are fine as well.no pressure regulation problem but my toilet surges at night.before it becomes a problem what can I do?
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More plumbing issues

Ok, so we broke down and called a plumber: vent stack had a major block and when that didn't stop the gurgling in our toilet, plumber installed secondary vent under bathroom sink. The gurgling stopped ...
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Plumbing issues [duplicate]

My husband and I bought a house in July. During the home inspection, water was run for upwards of 20 minutes with no issues noted. When we moved in August 1st, we instantly noticed issues with the ...
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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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Is there a way to make toilet porcelain dirt and stain resistant?

I'm sure this problem is present all around the world as toilet brushes are ubiquitous in every toilet I've ever been to. But this is the 21st century, there must be a better solution! Is there a ...
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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 fix a leak in this toilet cistern inlet pipe?

I successfully replaced the syphon of my toilet, but on reattaching the cistern to the base, the cistern inlet pipe started leaking where it connects to the main water source. It looks like the rubber ...
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removing deposits from the toilet bowl

I've had tenants that I guess used the toilet but never flushed. Anyways, I'm unable to remove the yellow/brown deposits from the bowl, they seem to be really hard rock-like formations - I've ended up ...
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How to maintain a Saniflo waste water macerator pump?

A few years back, I installed a Saniflo pump to service a basement toilet + shower. Putting it in was a lot of fun, but I've always been worried about having it break. So every once in a while I try ...
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Flushing issue with toilet

Can someone give me helpful feedback. I recently had a clogged toiled. In fact i had to take off a toilet and go in with snake and reseal the toilet back. Now my toilets flush but doesnt flush ...
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Should my toilet flange sit on top of the backer board or the tile of the floor?

The bathroom model saga continues. The old toilet flange was rusting, and the subfloor was rotting, so I pulled up the subfloor around the toilet, and replaced the drain pipe with ABS, and an elbow. ...
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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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Back-to-back toilet problem in old house: replumbing to code

I have a 50 year old house, with some outdated plumbing that is causing me problems. (See this for specific problems) And here's the existing connection: I will be doing some bathroom work, and one ...
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How to fix a cistern float that jams

The float in the image is in a cistern. Sometimes it jams right at the top so the water keeps on filling and doesn't stop. Is there a way to lubricate or fix this type of float to prevent it from ...
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What could that red splatter have been under my toilet seat?

I moved into a new place, the bathroom smelled like piss so I scrubbed every inch of it. Still smelled like piss. Then I got more aggressive and ripped up the toilet seat that I assumed wasn't ...
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Toilet leaking out of handle hole; pump spits water out of top

I recently noticed some water coming out of the hole where the handle is on my toilet. Curious, I decided to take a peek. When I took the lid off of the back of the toilet and flushed, water started ...
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How to unclog a toilet? (solid object obstruction)

I just accidentally flushed my toothbrush down the toilet. (Bathroom multitasking: bad idea.) The toilet still flushes, but it's draining more slowly. What should I do? EDIT Phew! After 15 ...
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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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Can I use a “universal” flush valve (or different brand) in my Kohler toilet?

My toilet is leaking. I hear the leaking noise and sometimes I can even hear the filling valve being triggered when the level of water in the cistern becomes too low. After investigating a little bit ...
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Why mix cooking oil with epoxy to repair a toilet drain pipe?

Today we called a plumber to repair a leak in the seal of a toilet drain pipe. He used metal-filled epoxy putty to seal up the area around the leaking joint, as actually disassembling the joint looks ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...