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 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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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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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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My toilet is filling very slowly with a Fluidmaster valve, how do I fix it?

My toilet is filling very slowly. Sometimes it sounds like it is filling up a drip at a time. What's wrong with it and how do I fix it?
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New install of toilet and it slightly rocks front to back, not sideways

installed new toilet and flange in concrete basement floor but on top of tile. Toilet rocks slightly back and forth, not sideways but front to back. Did I maybe not get flange tight against tile ? ...
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Thorough removal of uncured silicone sealant

I have used silicone sealant to seal our toilet bowls's socket against the floor tiles. It turned out, the sealant was overaged and didn't cure anymore. So the socket and the bowl is contamined with ...
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Why would turning on/off hot water when the toilet is flushing cause the tankless pressure relief valve to release water?

I noticed the other day that my tankless hot water tank was occasionally spraying water all over the place from the Pressure Relief Valve. The only way I've found that seems to reliably trigger this ...
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How close for the toilet and vanity

is there a rule of thumb, for how close the bathroom vanity should be next to the toilet... Doing a remodel, and would like to have a larger vanity, but don't want to encroach on the toilet and (um) ...
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How to fill a narrow crevice around my toilet waste pipe with concrete?

When I replaced a toilet, I discovered that my toilet flange was not actually secured to my concrete subfloor at all and had come out of level, causing a leak between the bowl and the floor on the ...
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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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Does the toilet flange need to be bolted?

I am replacing the toilet in my house, and after removing the old toilet, I can see that the flange is not bolted to the floor. Also, it sits up off the finished floor about a quarter inch. Do I need ...
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Toilet overflowing without flushing

My toilet starting overflowing, but no one had used it for at least 30 minutes. The water overflowing was clear, so I don't think it's a sewer back up issue (this is not on a septic tank). What ...
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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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Bubbles in toilet, gurgling sound coming from kitchen sink

So, all of a sudden, I have big bubbles coming out from my toilet bowl when the washing machine is pushing water out. Thinking it might be a clogged toilet bowl, I took the plunger to the bowl. I ...
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How to open the lid of this toilet water tank?

Water is contantly leaking so I want to open the lid of the tank and fix the leak. However, I can't open up the lid! Any ideas? Picture 1: The water tank from above. The two buttons lifted out from ...
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Add a toilet to washing machine drain line

Are there any disadvantages to adding a toilet so that the toilet waste drains into the washing machine drain? We have a small home and it only has one toilet. There are four people who live here so ...
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Toilet clogged with paper cat litter

Here's a very related question but seems to be about clay litter: Flushed cat litter, maybe clogged? I flushed paper cat litter down my toilet. I have been doing this for 5 years without any problems,...
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What caused my toilet's flapper valve to become spongy and disintegrate (see pictures)?

I just had the flapper valve fail one of my home's toilets. The rubber had become spongy, sticky, and was beginning to disintegrate. It's so soft now that it rubs off with the slightest touch. The ...
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Toilet supply line/tube sprays water from below the coupling nut

My toilet tank was leaking rust and water, so I replaced the three bolts at the bottom of the tank. But when I replaced the supply line/tube, the new supply line/tube sprays water from below the ...
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How to stop downstairs toilet from bubbling when upstairs toilet is flushed?

I have a newly installed toilet on ground floor of my house. The drain of this ground floor toilet is connected (in the basement) to the drain stack of the toilet in the attic on the 3rd floor. When I ...
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What is the purpose of the tube connecting to the overflow pipe in my toilet tank?

My dual flush toilet was leaking; this is what the connections looked like before I "fixed" it: Notice the ivory-yellow hose is connected to the blue-plastic fitting on the overflow tube. In ...
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Question about picking best wax gasket for toilet (specifically Toto)

I have a question about replacing wax gasket on a toilet. I hope my question is not too simple as this site is advertised as "serious DIY".My toilet is a Toto Aquia model ST464M, but I would think ...
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How to secure toilet fill valve hose to canister

I have a Kohler Wellworth (low flow model) that uses a canister-style flushing mechanism. The tube that comes from the fill valve is to be seated/secured in an opening at the top of the canister, held ...
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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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Kohler One Piece Toilet plumbing

I have a Kohler one piece, low-profile toilet - not sure of model (came with house which we have owned for 18 yrs). While investigating why there is always a faint urine smell coming from the bowl, I ...
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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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What is causing toilet supply water leaks above the coupling nut?

In my toilet, when the shut off water valve is open: Water leaks above the coupling nut: If I close the supply water valve and the tank is full, there is no leakage. What could be causing the water ...
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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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Is it possible to patch a crack in a toilet?

We have a medicine cabinet placed above the toilet. Not the best place but not a lot of choice. Anyway, while fumbling for some Sudafed in the dark, I managed to knock a cough mixture bottle out of ...
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Toilet supply line seems connected somehow that I can't see, what do I do?

I've just bought a bidet and assumed that replacing the water supply line would be easy, this is turning out to be a bad assumption. After unscrewing both sides neither side seems to come out, I've ...
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why does my toilet have two overflow tubes and a refill line that tees?

I bought a house that has a second bathroom in the basement. I would like to replace this toilet. It appears to have a single water inlet and two over flow tubes. The refill hose tees into the ...
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What’s the marginal value increase as toilet price increases?

I’m going to replace the four toilets in my new house with elongated taller toilets. I’m looking at the $300 range because of some design features (taller seat, elongated bowl, tank attachment, ...
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How to remove this toilet supply line that seems to have no nut?

The toilet water supply doesn't seem to have a nut at all and rotating it or turning it does nothing. Unsure how to remove this:
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toilet handle prevents flapper from closing sometimes

My toilet "sometimes" runs water incessantly after flushing. Upon examination it appears it's because the handle, after flushing, descends and then gets in the way of the flapper closing, holding it ...
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How to fix a toilet which continuously runs [duplicate]

Yesterday I saw the water of my toilet kept running. The gap at the arrow did not close. May I know what should I buy to fix it?
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Is this a bad Toilet tank refilling Fix

I wonder if this is the wrong way to address a toilet that leaks and refills every so often. I have an American Std 4117A toilet that refills for 5 or so seconds. I think it is leaking around the ...
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Toilets clog every two weeks!

I have two upstairs toilets (back to back in separate bathrooms) that have been backing up every two weeks for a few months now. The plumbers and rooters can't seem to figure out what the problem is. ...
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Is it okay to trim the toilet tank overflow pipe?

[EDIT 2016-09-28: It is a Kohler toilet, and the old fill valve is Kohler 81093-AA. I suspect it is the original valve. I've been in correspondence with Kohler. They asked for pictures of the toilet ...
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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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What is the correct procedure to turn a 10“ rough-in toilet drain into a 12” rough-in drain when the drain goes through a slab-on-grade?

I need to replace a leaking toilet, but the distance from the drain to the wall is about 10.75". The selection of toilets that I'm finding in the 10" rough-in range is pretty pathetic and overpriced, ...
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How can I remove this flapper alternative?

I had good luck in the past using this product to replace a leaky flapper valve. However, this new toilet does not have a flapper hinge on the base of the flush valve. Instead, there is a hinged ...
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Do I need to add a vent when moving a toilet drain across the bathroom?

In working on finishing our basement, I've come to the bathroom. It was originally plumbed with the plan of having the fixtures share a common wall (vanity, toilet, then tub). so there is already a ...
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Why do my toilet valves seem to have started running at the same time?

I had a bad toilet that started running last year. This was in a bathroom that is not used at all (guest bedroom). So, i just closed the valve to that toilet and decided to look into it later. I haven'...
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How do I open the back of a gustavsberg toilet?

Our toilet is flushing every 20 minutes, and it's visibly leaking into the pot. We live in Iceland, water is cheap here, but it's really annoying. Problem is, I can't seem to open it and it's plastic ...
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Please help! I don’t know what to do on what to do about my frozen main water supply line to my toilet?

The water supply line to my toilet is frozen going on about 24 hours now. It is in the upstairs bathroom along the north wall, the only water line in the house that is frozen. All other pipes/drains/...

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