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  1. #1
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    Default Replaced all the parts but toilet still leaks....I need help.

    Hi,
    I have a 10 yr old Kohler, Finial (I believe) 1.5g flush toilet. Recently I noticed I could hear a trickle of water when it was idle so I replaced the fill valve and the flapper thinking it was one of the two. It still leaked into the bowl after I replaced those parts. I thought that it may be the overflow pipe, maybe the seat was worn or pitted, so I replaced it but it still slowly leaks. I'm out of parts to replace and ideas. Can someone help?

    Thanks,
    Joe

    PS I used a Fluidmaster valve and a Moen overflow tube/flapper. The tube and flapper came as a kit. I since tried a Fluidmaster overflo/flapper kit with the same leaky result....

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    Default Re: Replaced all the parts but toilet still leaks....I need help.

    You'll have to pinpoint the exact source of the leaking for a cure.

    Sounds like the flapper is not sealing properly & the water is creeping thru.

    With the tank full of water, take the cover off the tank & probe the flapper with a long thin stick (ruler, plastic straw, etc.) to see if you can hear an increase or decrease in the sound of the trickle.

    Also make sure the little plastic chain connecting the flush lever with the top of the flapper is long enough & loose enough to allow the flapper to firmly seat on the opening.

    Also check the overflow tube by shining a flashlight down it to check for misalignment that would allow water to leak out.

    http://www.howstuffworks.com/toilet.htm
    http://www.howstuffworks.com/how-to-...-a-toilet1.htm
    http://www.toiletology.com
    http://toiletology.com/troubles.shtml
    Last edited by Dobbs; 10-05-2008 at 05:59 PM.

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    Default Re: Replaced all the parts but toilet still leaks....I need help.

    Also check the water level isn't too high inside the tank.
    If so it's spilling over into the overflow/fill tube...... adjuct the fill valve as necessary.


    Just a thought.
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    Default Re: Replaced all the parts but toilet still leaks....I need help.

    I have the exact same problem, and it does seem to be the flapper not seating properly. I have a newish American Standard with a rather short tank, I don't know the model.

    I replaced the old flapper, which was definitely bad. The first time, I grabbed a generic black rubber flapper that was the same size. The trickle was much less, but still trickling.

    I went back to talk to a guy at the hardware store who recommended a Korky premium flapper. (ooh)It's supposed to be universal, but the trickle remained.

    If I manually press down the flapper, the trickling stops, so I'm pretty sure the problem is where flapper meets whatever that hole is called. The plastic rim of the hole seems clean.

    Any more advice? thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Replaced all the parts but toilet still leaks....I need help.

    It may be time to throw in the towel and treat yourself to an early Christmas present and call a plumber!

    There's only so much us DIY'ers can handle.

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