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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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Did I just ruin the flange on our toilet?

The point where the elbow joint from our flushometer meets the toilet bowl has begun leaking (dripping, really) whenever we flush (so, whenever water passes through it). I jiggled it a bit and the ...
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Why is the water in my toilets orange?

My wife and I just moved in to a brand new house and have started to notice that the water in the toilets is an orange color, and is starting to leave stains in the bowl. After looking online briefly, ...
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How can I fix a toilet that flushes incompletely?

The toilet in one of our bathrooms routinely flushes incompletely. It does not clog or back up, but it takes several fill/flush cycles to get all the "material" to go down. It just seems to be weak ...
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Any difference for a pressure-assisted toilet?

Can a gravity flush toilet be swapped out for a pressure-assisted toilet? Are there any differences in plumbing, mounting, etc.?
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What should I do about an overflowing septic system?

I noticed a small puddle in the backyard that remained even when it's dry out, and recently realized that it's probably the septic system overflowing. The tank was pumped 2 years ago and I don't think ...
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Toilet flange conundrum

We are remodelling our bathroom and installing a new toilet. When we took the existing toilet off, we found the cast iron flange was broken, brittle and in need of replacing. We could maybe get away ...
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What is this pipe called, and how does it work? (Round II)

OK, thanks for people's help on my last question, now I've confused myself again. I came across this picture, similar to the last question, but I don't think it's a cleanout. It looks like a vent to ...
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Why are all the toilets in my house running intermittently?

All of my toilets in the house have started to run intermittently. Is there something wrong with the plumbing or could it be that the flapper has gone bad on all the toilets at the same time?
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Can I connect a drain for my new washing machine to an existing toilet drain?

I would like to add a wash machine to the basement. Near the area of the basement where I'll be adding it is a 4 in drain coming from an upstairs toilet. Can I tap the new drain into the toilet ...
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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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What would cause water to flow around the toilet flange where the concrete is? [closed]

My toilet was leaking around the bottom so I assumed that it needed a wax ring. However when I removed the toilet, after emptying the water, I noticed that water keeps coming up around the flange. ...
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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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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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What should I do about my toilet flapper sticking open?

The flapper valve in the toilet in my apartment was recently replaced, since it had a small leak. The new one has a perfectly good seal, but sometimes just gets stuck open. It looks like it's just ...
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How can I avoid marking up a toilet with a toilet auger?

For the sake of this question, assume that: There is a clogged toilet that cannot be unclogged with a plunger A toilet auger magically appears in the bathroom It seems that the auger could leave a ...
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How to fix broken toilet flange from over tightened bolt?

I broke my PVC toilet flange when I over-tightened the bolt used to secure the toilet to the flange. How do I fix this without replacing the entire the PVC fitting? This PVC flange is glued to the ...
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How can I fix my toilet valve so I can stop jiggling the handle after flushing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does my toilet intermittently run continually? Clearly the valve plunger (?) isn't seating correctly, but I don't know what to do about it. If I flush, wait 2 ...
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Is it possible that no water running to one toilet could be from frozen pipes?

We've been in a cold snap for about a week with daily highs below -20C. The water is not running to one toilet that is near an exterior wall. To ensure it wasn't something in the tank, I detached ...
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How do I determine which wax ring to use under my toilet?

Other questions almost answer this question. What is the purpose of the flange on the wax ring? I can purchase a ring with or without the flange. How do I know whether to get the standard ring or ...
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Is there a way to increase toilet flush pressure to prevent clogs?

My toilet seems to be a little, well, underpowered when it comes to flushing. It often "chokes" and "coughs" when flushing only liquid, which seems to indicate that the water pressure isn't high ...
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Is there a simple way to retrofit an existing toilet with a top-mounted sink?

I'm looking for a toilet with an integrated sink. I've seen them on rare occasions: flushing the toilet activates the sink, which re-fills the toilet and tank using the water that drains through the ...
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How do I make a new toilet tank on an old bowl flush properly?

Problem / symptoms: I've bought a new water tank (nothing fancy inside, just what I'd describe as "the usual, run-off-the-mill mechanism"*), but it doesn't flush properly, as it doesn't release enough ...
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Will low water use toilets clog more?

I need a toilet for the bathroom off a master bedroom that's being built in my house. Once when my Mother had a plumber in to fix something else, he told her to hang on to her old fashioned toilet as ...
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How compatible are toilet repair parts?

I've got one that's doing the ol' dribble for a few minutes after flush. Ran out to the store today to get new seals with the plan of replacing the inlet seals and scraping out the gunk. However, it ...
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Is there a name for PVC pipe that's approx 1/2“ ID and 5/8” OD?

I have a PVC pipe that supplies water to a valve, and then goes to my toilet. It's approx 1/2" inner diameter, and 5/8" outer diameter; it's stamped on the outside of the pipe that it is 1/2". The ...
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What might be causing our cistern to fill very slowly?

We have a toilet cistern with a concentric float valve fill mecanism. Earlier this week, it suddenly started to take much longer to fill after flushing (ca. 15 minutes instead of less than 1 minute ...
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Why is my toilet humming?

After one of my toilets is flushed, and it fills the bowl back up, I sometimes get a loud thrumming/humming noise. It is the flusher stacky thingy making the noise. I turned down the volume of ...
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Why does my toilet make a loud rumbling noise when flushed?

When I flush my toilet it makes a very loud rumbling noise that can be heard from other rooms, what could cause this? The sound cannot be heard from the bathroom. There is no sound when the tank is ...
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Is there a way to convert my regular toilet seat to one that's like a Toto…so the seat won't slam shut?

Are there hinges out there that I can use to convert my toilet seat so that it won't slam shut? Other methods?
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Why does my toilet make a high pitched whine when it refills?

When my toilet is refilling with water,it makes a very high pitched whine. Any suggestions on how to resolve?
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What is the “warm water method” of clearing a clogged toilet?

In this question the OP mentioned that, when having problems with blocked toilet, as his first attempt he tried warm water method. I would like to ask: What is warm water method? For which ...
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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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How to fix a dripping part in toilet?

This part in my toilet slowly drips water: It's not a big problem but I still want to fix it. I already tried to screw the part as tightly as possible but it did not change.
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Temporary toilet installation

I need to install a toilet in a my house while it is being built. The floor isn't ready yet and won't be for at least a couple of months and right know it is a rough concrete slab. Since the soil ...
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Why is my toilet backing up?

I have a house bulit in 1959 and the original bathroom/toilet keeps backing up. Not sure how old the toilet is. The plumber says its a 3" steel line running out to the yard and he installed 4" pvc ...
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Plumbing alteration has created vacuum in upstairs toilets

Prior to my bathroom remodel, I had a toilet flange moved in my basement to a standard 12" rough-in, since the toilet was about 5" off the wall and looked silly. The problem I have now is a vacuum in ...
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Why does this toilet fill valve leak around the top?

I have a pretty new dual-flush toilet whose fill valve suddenly started leaking for no reason. A picture of the toilet is below: Basically, the toilet flushes normally once the button is pressed. ...
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What is the easiest way to tear out a bathroom subfloor?

We recently did some remodeling, and in the process, managed to hook up the toilet in the bathroom to the hot-water line. The trouble is, we discovered this fact after we had already put down the ...
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Can I use a 1 1/2 vent for a toilet (3" drain) in CA (not a went vent, no other fixtures on it)?

Most of the info I have on code implies this would be OK, but one item I have says that a 1 1/2 vent can only serve 8 "non-WC" fixture units.
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Is it safe to flush expired food down the toilet?

Let's not discuss the economics of this - the fact is that it sometimes does happen. I don't think food is physically that different from "poop" (especially certain types of it)
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How can I move a toilet sewer drain in a concrete floor?

The toilet in one of my bathrooms is too close to the shower. I have room and would like to move it about 2 feet. It is also a 14" rough-in and it's hard to find toilets in that size, that are not ...
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How do I fix a stuck toilet tap that hasn't been turned in 3+ years?

I am trying to close the tap which connects to my toilet tank but the tap will not budge. I don't think that this tap has been touched in more than 3 years. Is there a way to fix it so that I can ...
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How can I remove this toilet shutoff valve?

This valve has a slow leak, and I am trying to replace it. Problem is I can't get the thing off. I am trying to twist the compression nut (the bronze one closest to the white pipe) clockwise while ...
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Are all toilet bolts installed from under the floor?

My mom has an older toilet. When is became loose, in order to tighten the bolts she had to hire someone to go under the house. We just got a new toilet. I was hoping to install it as a d.i.y ...
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Why does my toilet overflow during my washer's spin cycle?

Whenever I use my washer, the toilet makes a gurgling noise and then over overflows. I have to turn the washer off until the water in the toilet recedes. I have noticed this during the spin cycle. It ...
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Why is there a drip after I replaced toilet innards?

I replaced the innards of my toilet with something like this, all went well. The toilet works, etc. It involves undoing the water pipe, replacing insides of toilet, then screwing the water pipe back ...
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How can I prevent the hose in the toilet tank from popping out of the tubing?

Unfortunately, I do not know the appropriate terminology but, there is a small hose that fits into a tube within a cylindrical container in the toilet tank. When this occurs, I can see initially hear ...
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Why will my toilet not flush after it rains or when ground is wet

I live in a house with a septic system. When the winter/spring rains come, the toilet on the ground level master bedroom does not flush. We have another toilet on the ground floor that does flush. ...
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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 ...