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Replacing Toilet without Replacing Tile

The previous owners of our house tiled around the toilet, rather than removing the toilet and placing it on top of the new tile. I would like to replace the toilet, but I don't want to have to ...
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Why does water in the toilet bowl empty?

Water in the toilet bowl is emptying after a minute. I just changed to a higher toilet (16.75) for an elderly resident. I have three other toilets without this problem. I have tried adjusting water in ...
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How far from the wall should I put the toilet flange?

I'm installing a new toilet and I'd like to know how far from the back wall I should install the flange. I think that 12" is recommended, but I see that lot are installed closer. Sometimes as close ...
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One of our toilets refills VERY slowly - takes 15-20 minutes after flushing.

Note: Like another user's query, our bowl fills okay, but the tank refills very slowly - takes 15-20 minutes. We can't detect any leaks. I've adjusted the water valve. I've put a brick in the tank to ...
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Occasionally floor around toilet is very very wet. Why?

A couple of times per week the bathroom floor will be flooded from the toilet. Not sure why since I'm not there when it happens. Can flush the toilet over and over again and everything seems fine. ...
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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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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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Screwing down toilet flange spacers with metal flange still on

After raising the floor and tiling the original waste line and toilet flange is well below the top of the new floor surface. Home depot told me to use some 1/4" souix chief flange extenders / spacers. ...
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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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Why is my toilet tank filling too slowly?

The inside of my toilet tank was just replaced. For some reason after I flush, the tank refills much slower than before. It looks like the person who installed it put the overfill pipe in a different ...
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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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Why does my newly installed fill valve hiss after flushing?

My old fill valve shot a geyser all over the floor when I lifted the tank lid, so I bought a replacement (PlumbPak Keeney 1B1X) at Lowes. I don't see any leaks, but when the float rises to the top, ...
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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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Need help with toilet not draining

I have a toilet that doesn't work... When you flush the handle, the water fills the bowl up but it does not drain. The tank on the back does drain and refill with water so I know that is not the ...
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Are these small bubbles on the base of the toilet tank normal?

I just replaced the fill valve and flapper in my toilet. Everything looks fine but after a while I see that there are bubbles that accumulate around the flapper and the rubber washers in the toilet ...
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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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Replacing Ceramic Toilet Cistern

I have a damaged toilet cistern which is beyond repair. I was wondering if I was to install a new cistern how I would know my new one would be 'compatible' with my current set up? Is there a degree of ...
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Plumbing issue throughout house - gurgling coming from shower, bubbling in toilet, standing water in drain of shower

Update below: Main line snaked For reference, images of the drain. I'm going through the whole story in case any details might make a difference in prognosis. If you aren't interested in the ...
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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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Dual-flush Toilet Not Filling Up Properly

Here is the video I recorded of my toilet: Toilet Problems So about a month ago our dual-flush toilet suddenly stopped filling up properly. It takes forever to fill up and it doesn't even fill up ...
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How can I remove a stubborn screw from a toilet seat?

I would like to install on a one piece Kohler toilet a bidet. When I tried to unscrew the screw from the seat, it just didn't move, not with the screwdriver nor the drill. So I put wd40 but still ...
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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 to fix a toilet that no longer swooshes when it is finished flushing?

We recently had our bathtub removed and a full shower installed. A city plumbing inspector did some work downstairs and since then whenever we flush our toilet it sounds as though it is flushing ...
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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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How do I fix a leaky toilet that only leaks from underneath?

I am noticing some water spots on my concrete in my (unfinished) basement. When I look up for the cause of the water I can see water dripping around the hole that is used for the sewer pipe for the ...
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When to replace a toilet's wax ring?

I just bought a new house that was built three months ago. I unfortunately flushed something big down the toilet and had to take the toilet apart, turn it upside down, and fish it out. When I was ...
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Why isn't the toilet water refilling from under the rim?

So last night, my toilet clogged for the first time in the two years we've had it, and it clogged badly though I don't know why (without being too TMI, it was a normal #2). Hours of plunging didn't ...
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Caulk or Grout the base of a toilet?

I recently re-tiled my bathroom floor and removed the toilet to do so. I noticed that the builders had used grout around the base of the toilet when I was removing it and demoing the tile. Should I ...
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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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Toilet won't come off the flange

We need to pull the toilet out. Bolts are out of it, water is disconnected from it. It won't lifting it off, Tried twisting it off, then tried running hot water threw it for an hour and tried to ...
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Toilet leaks 4-6 months after wax ring replacement

We have a toilet in a spare bathroom which was added onto the house (converted from a pantry, we suspect) by the previous owners, and not really done very well. In particular, the floor was probably ...
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How do I find the correct replacement parts for kohler toilet tank?

I need to fix the tank of this kohler toilet -- It is slowly and constantly draining into the bowl (enough so that the city called about excessive water usage). I'd like to replace the parts inside ...
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My toilet bowl drains when my neighbor flushes his toilet

About three months ago, my neighbor renovated his bathroom. We have a common wall between the master bathrooms in the condo. When he flushes his toilet, my toilet bowl drains. He installed a new ...
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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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How can I figure out where the toilet overflow pipe goes?

In the toilet tank I know that the overflow pipe is there for when the toilet tank is full. However my toilets overflow pipe in the tank doesn't go back into the toilet it goes to a pipe which runs ...
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Toilet not flushing completely

Our toilet American Standard installed in 1988 is not flushing completely.If we were to change the entire guts of the tank would it run like new or should it be replaced since its 17 years old.
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Dripping toilet with vertical plunger

My toilet drips and I have no idea what to do about it. It's a vertical style plunger with a button on top (not a handle) with 2 flushes. I can stop it constantly filling by using a pen to raise the ...
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Toilet Still Gurgling

Three months ago when we moved into our home, the toilet started gurgling so we had septic tank pumped, and drainline from house to septic cleaned out. Two months ago, happened again, so we tried a ...
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I have toilet water disappearing after neighbor flushes toilet

I come home and have maybe 1" of water in bottom of stem in base of bowl. This happens when neighbor flushes her toilet. I have had a plumber here, he has reset the toilet & new wax ring, gone ...
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Clogged toilet(s)

Plumbing question and issue here that has me baffled. We have two toilets in our house and it seems that the guest bathroom seems to get clogged more often than not. This issue is normally resolved ...
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Remove tiles (and plywood underneath) around toilet without removing toilet

Is it possible to remove tiles and plywood from a bathroom floor around the toilet without removing it? If so, how? The floor is ceramic tiles over plywood over floorboards, in a 1st floor (one floor ...
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What kind of caulk to use in order to caulk the toilet to the floor?

My toilet was replaced and it has no caulk around the bottom of it. A little water does seep around it from time to time. What kind of caulk should I use to do the job? It sits on ceramic tile, and ...
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Why do I have to hold the handle down to flush the toilet?

I have to hold the handle down to flush my toilet completely. I took a look inside and I am wondering if it has something to do with the chain or the flapper. I am noticing that the flapper does not ...
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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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How can open Gustavsberg older type cistern toilet

Can anybody advise how to open this type cistern...? I tried to loosen nut on top but did not want to force it. Thanks
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Can vermin come in through your toilet or shower drain and, if so, what can you do about it?

First, I'm not sure that this is what's happening but I suspect this is the problem. On occasion my wife and I find cockroaches in our house. This isn't very frequent (I'll find one once every few ...
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Bathtub water drain moving toilet water

When the bathtub water (after a bath for my toddler) is draining,why does the toilet bowl water move? This is a new home and this toilet recently had problems with the tank not filling and therefore ...
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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 PVC fitting? This PVC flange is glued to the drain ...
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Does the Plywood Around the Toilet Flange Need to be Replaced?

How do I tell if the plywood around this toilet flange needs to be replaced? As you can see in the lovely pic below, the wood is discolored. (The house is 50 yrs. old.) But, if I tap it with a ...
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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?