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For questions specifically regarding sanitation fixtures designed for removal of human waste, generally referred to as toilets but also including urinals and bidets. Topics include designs, installation, repair, plumbing supply and drainage, and sanitary concerns including cleaning.

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How do I replace the toilet shutoff valve?

Since the shutoff valve is leaking (the packing inside is worn), I'd like to replace it. Is the valve soldered onto the supply pipe, or is it a threaded connection?
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How to remove old multi turn water inlet valve

I was replacing some of the parts in my toilet and noticed the grommet on the toilet end of the supply hose is worn and started to leak when I reconnected it. My preference would be to just replace ...
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Why does my toilet make a low-pitched moaning noise when it refills?

This hasn't happened before, but now it's making a low-pitched moaning noise (like a low-pitched vuvuzela) every time we flush the toilet. This happened only very recently, and we also just recently ...
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How can I unclog a toilet that is clogged due to non-toilet paper?

I have a 3 year old (deep sigh) who decided to flush a subscription card from a magazine down the toilet. She did this a couple weeks ago, but I think we are just now seeing the affects of this ...
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What could be causing intermittent flush issues?

I have looked at several similar questions, but I'm unable to determine the cause of this problem. Basically, when the toilet is flushing fine, after the flush, the level of water in the bowl is very, ...
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How to fix dripping sound coming from toilets?

Two toilets doing the same thing: When solids or liquids are added to the bowls, a dripping sound can be heard. Otherwise, they are silent. There is no water leaking out of either toilet onto the ...
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Where does the washer go when replacing this toilet seat?

I am replacing the seat on a RAK Flora toilet . The replacement parts have a bolt, to go down thru the porcelain, then a plastic wing nut, metal washer and another plastic bit which just slides ...
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How can I intentionally make my toilet make this noise?

For Halloween I want to haunt my toilets and have them make the noise heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S0zewtkqso How can I do that? I think I would just need to cut a slit in a rubber ...
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What can I do if my toilet bowl fills with water, but doesn't actually flush?

Instead of actually flushing (or pushing) the water down the drain, it just fills with water and drains out over the course of a few minutes. Anything liquid will drain out but nothing else (not even ...
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Restarting toilet line after 50 years

I have a sewer opening in my basement for a toilet. The flange looks just fine, but that sewer line has probably not been used in 50 years. Is there anything I should do before starting to use it? Or ...
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How should I clean under the narrow toilet rim to restore full flush power?

I have just moved into a new apartment and I found the toilet does not have a very powerful flush. After thoroughly cleaning the entire toilet – inside and out –, checking the water valve is fully ...
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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 do I use flange spacers correctly?

I am putting in my old toilet after I tiled my bathroom. I have yo use a flange spacer. What should I do with the bolts in the old flange? Can't I just leave them in and use again? Or will they be ...
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Could a saturated drain field cause a toilet to back up?

My drain field is over saturated from excessive rain, but before I figured that out, I replaced the wax ring on one toilet due to leakage from the bottom. I also had to replace the flange and build ...
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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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How to give ventilation/exhaust to an inner toilet without exterior walls?

In our proposed home, there is a common toilet (powder room without bath) but it has no exterior wall. However, it shares a wall with another toilet. Can you please suggest a way to give ...
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How is this toilet flange attached?

I'm in the process of remodeling a bathroom and recently removed some dryrot plywood around the toilet. I was originally expecting the toilet flange to be attached to the subfloor but it looks like ...
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Will Korky Universal Flush Valve Kit fit my toilet?

I have a Mansfield MPP 160 toilet. Picture and associated parts here: http://www.griggindustries.com/page277.html The fill valve is broken on it and needs replaced, but I cannot find one locally. For ...
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All toilets in my house flush slowly, afraid that there is a clog in the main line

I have 4 toilets, and all of them appear to flush slowly. They are older toilets (huge tanks), so there is definitely plenty of water going in (the bowl itself almost fills with water). It swirls ...
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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 can I repair a toilet that is leaking at the base?

Flushing the toilet causes a small amount of water to leak out from under the base of the toilet on one side. Stops after 2-3 seconds. Also noticed there is a higher pitch dripping of water which ...
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Toilet, sink and shower blocked

I live in a block of flats in China. I had a lot of friends over a couple of days ago and since the toilet, sink and shower are all blocked. The water on all those items does go down, but really, ...
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How can I open this old push-button cistern?

I have a push-to-flush cistern that I cannot open. It seems to be quite old and I cannot find a manufacturer anywhere on it. I've removed the smaller button, and there are three small holes. However, ...
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New residential toilets all so tall?

Are all new toilets high off the ground? Our existing toilets (one 20-year-old Toto and one ancient 5 GPF monster that I am shopping to replace) are around 14.5" from the floor to the rim of the ...
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Why does my toilet not leave enough water in the bowl after flushing?

A little while ago I started having trouble with my toilet when flushing. It's flushing too much water, leaving little left in the bowl. It also makes loud noises at the end of the flush. There's ...
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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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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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Toilet flushing and hot water pressure problems

I have a dual flush toilet that flushes very well some of the time. However, about 50% of the time, when the toilet is flushed and then the hot water faucet is turned on, the hot water pressure dies ...
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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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Toilet tank slow to refill (bowl refills normally)…bad overflow tube?

This is definitely a conundrum: not even our local hardware store could figure this one out! So, here goes: We have a fairly new one-piece toilet in our guest bathroom that now takes forever to ...
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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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Can I break up the floor of a raised floor basement bathroom without damaging the plumbing?

I have an interesting remodel project. I have an existing basement bathroom - which has a raised concrete floor. The toilet sits on the slab. I am remodeling this to create a bigger bathroom for ...
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Could I simply seal over this toilet leak?

The leak is on the top-most (whitest) nut, where it meets the base of the tank as shown in the below photo (with an additional photo for context). Would I be able to just throw a ring of silicone ...
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How can I clear my toilet trap of the chlorine smell every time I flush?

Need some advice on the best and safest way to clear my toilet from chlorine gas smell. I think it must be stuck in the trap.
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basement plumbing

I have a cottage that until recently was on piers. The plumbing lines are at the base of the cottage as there never was a basement. The cottage was built in 1905. They are in the home stretch of ...
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Why is my toilet backing up and bubbling after replacing an ejector pump?

About two weeks ago my sewage ejector pump died and had a massive overflow in the basement. I replaced the pump but I am now noticing that the toilet backs up. I am also noticing that when I take a ...
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How can I replace the seat on my wall-mounted toilet

My toilet seat is broken, so I've had to find a replacement. As it turns out, I need to get inside the bowl to fasten the screws that keep the seat steady. I also need to get inside there to get the ...
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How can I repair a float valve that is blocked open?

The toilet float valve I use is of the brand Geberit. It keeps leeking water because it does not close anymore. I guess the metal pin at the front needs to move when the green elements move up. Does ...
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Toilet started wobbling

My brother-in-law (need I say more?) installed a new toilet over a ceramic floor. After a year, perhaps, the toilet wobbles a bit when you sit on it and, occasionally, you can hear porcerlain on ...
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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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US Toilets and clogging

So I am from the UK and will be moving to the US soon. Now, everytime I am in the US I seem to be, embarrassingly, clogging up the toilet. I honestly have no idea how. I tried different techniques ...
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toilet makes loud banging noises when flushing

My toilet makes a loud thumping noise in the top reservoir occasionally. Occurs when it has not been flushed for a few hours. Top tower of stem does stick up some but I don't think cover lid to tank ...
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How to remove block of concrete under old toilet

After removing a toilet, I have discovered that there is a block of concrete underneath, which needs to be removed before installing the new toilet. What is the best way to get rid of it? Would ...
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What is the purpose of this piece of a toilet fill valve?

I was replacing a toilet fill valve last night, and after it was all done, I noticed the following item sitting in the basin I had placed underneath: It looks unused, so I'm assuming it fell out of ...
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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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How to seal new PVC to old Lead pipe “toilet bend”

I have an old toilet flange which was a brass ring on a 4" lead bend that connects to the main cast iron stack. The old brass flange ring corroded and broke. I found a nice PVC fitting that fits ...
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grohe toilet cistern fitting (skate air wall plate)

we have a GROHE ,skate air wall plate fitted in out toilets and the wires have come off and its so difficult to see the concealed unit . Is there any manuals or instructions so i can try to get the ...
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What does it mean to “re-tank” toilet?

My contractor included "re-tank" toilet in work that he said he had completed in a list of works to be carried out, but we are still having leaking. What does re-tank mean and how do I know that its ...
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What to do about toilet overflow tube higher than allowed level on new fill valve?

I'm trying to replace the fill valve of a toilet that's missing some parts and I've run into a snag. I bought a Fluidmaster universal fill valve, and the instructions say that the top of the overflow ...
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Why isn't my new toilet flushing system working as well as the old one?

We just replaced the whole system in our toilet. It use to have a flushing ball valve and it worked great until it broke. It flushed everything down the first time no problem. Now with the new ...