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    Question Space above toilet tank lid

    How much space should be left above a toilet lid for repairs to be made in the tank?

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    Default Re: Space above toilet tank lid

    I have made repairs with as little as 6" above the tank with the aide of a mirror.
    John

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    Default Re: Space above toilet tank lid

    I think it's whatever is reasonable but depending on the tank's size. I would make sure that whatever I install there could be easily removed for toilet bowl service.

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    Default Re: Space above toilet tank lid

    Depends. How big of a crane are you using?

    Really, whatever you find to be comfortable working space to remove and replace the float valve, flapper, or lever. All other repairs require disassembly or removal of the toilet.
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

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    Default Re: Space above toilet tank lid

    If you've got a choice, a minimum of 6", preferably a removable shelf. Unfortunately, there are many times when almost zero clearance is left (such as the use of a banjo top vanity ), instances like this require removal of the tank or the whole toilet to work on the guts.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: Space above toilet tank lid

    Be careful what you put over a toilet.

    I had a tenant who put one of those bathroom space saving shel arrangemnt over the tank, and a heavy item fell on the bowl one day.

    The tenant had to pay for a new toilet.

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    Default Re: Space above toilet tank lid

    I would like a foot or two above the toilet tank cover. I once had a toilet with just 6 inches and could not see the problem. It turned out that the trip lever was catching on the chain from the flapper but you could not stick your head inside enough to see as this was happening at the front of the tank.

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