Questions tagged [toilet]

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 to measure toilet flush valve?

I plan to replace my toilet flush tank with hydroflush. The requirement says that I need to have a 2" toilet flush valve. What does this part look like and how do I go about measuring it?
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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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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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How do I remove the cistern lid that has been grouted in?

My tiler grouted the cistern lid against the wall a few months back. Only realized when the toilet started leaking and I couldn't open it. What is the best way to get rid of the grout and try and ...
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Flange recommendation needed. Old flange rusted. New floor higher than older pvc pipe lip

I recently removed the tile and a toilet for a bathroom reno to discover that the flange was completely rusted and the tile had been installed directly on the plywood subfloor. I removed the old ...
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Anchoring toilet flange into hollow space in floor?

I'm replacing a toilet and am using a Hydroseat rather than replacing the damaged flange. The problem that I've run into is one of the spots to anchor the Hydroseat down seems to be hollow below the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Toilet code - 15" from baseboard heater?

I am remodeling my small bathroom. I know code is for the center of the toliet drain to be 15" from a wall or vanity. There is going to be a baseboard heater on the side of my toliet. Do I have to be ...
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Toilet won't flush without extra water

About 18 months ago I had some plumbing work done and a ton of sediment was loosened in my pipes. Clogged the bathroom sink faucet fully and it had to be removed and cleaned out. Since then, the ...
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How do I deter drain flies?

I have a small garden and beside it there is a small toilet. There are always many drain flies stuck on the door and inside the toilet walls. Somebody gave me a suggestion to make soap water and spray ...
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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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Question on toilet mounting; No visible bolts?

OK,In the early 80-81, My Aunt allowed her Husband to build in a dead Attic space over the Foyer that has 15-17 ft ceiling, a rather sizable Laboratory(I'm not quite sure what to call it.). the floor ...
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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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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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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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What can I do about a toilet drain pipe that is too high above the floor?

My toilet drain pipe protrudes about 1/3" above the floor, and makes the toilet wobbly. What can I do to fix this?
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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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Can I install a bidet seat/washlet without a tank?

I'm interested in adding a washlet to my toilet seat (like this one for example https://www.brondell.com/swash-300-bidet-toilet-seat/) but I'm not sure if I can do so given that my toilet doesn't have ...
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Basement Rough-in Identification

Trying to identify what is what. I originally thought the 3.5" by the wall was Toilet, but i don't think 5" away from "unfinished" wall is enough space. So the other 3.5" (2) must be the toilet? ...
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How can I route a toilet drain around copper supply lines right below the slab?

I need to move the toilet back about 3" from where it was originally set to get to the standard 12" rough-in distance. I had to cut the concrete slab and dig into the dirt below. I was planning on ...
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Dual flush toilet woes

We've got an Ideal Standard Space corner toilet with a dual flush system. The flush button broke – it turns out as a result of the flush plate not being aligned with the button housing. In other words,...
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How is a toilet flange attached to new flooring?

Doing a complete remodel on upstairs bathroom. New tub is set, putting down Hardi backer on the floor. Do you cut the hole in the backer board around the sewer pipe to fit right up to it, or do you ...
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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 off?...
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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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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 can I adjust the depth to which a pneumatic toilet flush button must be pressed?

We have a toilet with the cistern built into a cabinet, with a button on the front to flush it. However, it only seems to flush if you press the button right in (quite deep) and you have to do it ...
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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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Does my new bathroom plumbing need a cleanout?

I am working on new plumbing for an addition we just built. Does anyone see any issues? Do I need a clean-out at the end of the run? I plan on using a 3" elbow in lieu of a combo to keep ...
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Toilet makes high pitch whine after flushing, but only in the middle of the night

Sometimes, when my toilet is flushed in the middle of the night, it will make a high pitched whining noise for several (5-10 seconds) while refilling. This doesn't happen during the day, and it only ...
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Why does flushing one toilet cause another to back up?

I have a problem with our toilets. when 1 flushed the first toilet, the "things' will came out the second toilet, which is the other side of the first toilet. This makes me have to flush both toilets ...
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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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Temporarily prevent a full toilet bowl from draining

I want to fill the toilet bowl with water as high as I can and let the water sit without draining for up to 24 hours. Why? To let some (gentle) cleansers do their work. I've tried shutting off the ...
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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 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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How can I be sure if my toilet flapper is broken

My bathroom has been acting funny for some time. Water would not stop running from the fill valve initially. I noticed the old fill valve had a bended holder arm, so the float couldn't stay flat. I ...
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How can I fix this toilet flange?

So I'm in the middle of a bathroom remodel and I was having problem removing some damaged flooring around the toilet flange and ended up taking a reciprocating saw to the lip of the flange to make it ...
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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 project....
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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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Toilet with what looks like 11 inch rough-in. Do I buy 12 or 10?

My current toilet is measuring at 11 inches even from the wall (not the molding) to the center of the bolts. Looking around I see a lot of people saying that they saw somewhere else that a 12 inch ...
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What can replace this PVC toilet flange in iron pipe?

The old PVC flange appeared to be sealed to the iron pipe by a rubber coating, which is not something I've encountered (in my limited research). Will a simple push-tight toilet flange like this be ...
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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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