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Old 08-06-2004, 03:44 PM   #1
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Toilet flapper loses standing water

To my surpise on this trip. I noticed no standing water in the bowl. I have let the lever spring back hard to get a fast close, pulled the lever up with my foot to 'seal' the hole....

Any tricks? Can't imagine that it decided to fail today after 40 yrs. Grrrr

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Old 08-07-2004, 09:16 AM   #2
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First try a little quality time with your head down the bowl. In your hand you will need a toothpick or matchstick. (Wear rubber gloves). Close off the water valve behind the bowl. (not essential). Open the closing device using the foot pedal, and jam the pedal down with a piece of wood between the pedal and the body of the bowl. (I use a folded Leatherman tool in its leather case. It's just the right size, and a little resilient.) Use the toothpick to clean out the groove into which the closing plate normally fits. A small mirror helps to see into the groove. If you are lucky, you will find a screwed up piece of toilet paper within the groove. Once this is removed, the bowl should hold water. (Remember to turn on the water valve) If this process fails to fix the leak, then you can remove and dismantle the toilet, and use a repair pack to replace the rubber gasket. In my experience, the whole mechanism under the bowl will be rusted, and a replacement modern WC will be a sound investment. You can spend a lot of money and time on replacing parts, and the WC will still be inefficient. Been there, done that, unfortunately! Good luck. Nick.

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Old 08-15-2004, 12:50 PM   #3
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Thanks! I will dig out the snorkel this weekend. Glenn
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My toilet had the same problem. Airstream of Spokane told me to spray the seal and ball with silicon spray and that would fix it. IT DID!
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Originally Posted by cowcreek7
My toilet had the same problem. Airstream of Spokane told me to spray the seal and ball with silicon spray and that would fix it. IT DID!
Be CAREFUL with that silicone spray!!! Be certain that it contains only pure silicone and no petroleum distillates in the mix or as propellants as they will do far more damage than good .
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I had the same problem with my old toilet. I tried all the above tips, but to no avail. I bit the bullet and bought a new pot.
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Hold on, with the toothpick. If your hands are big, or crippled with some arther, or if you just don't wanna get your hands dirty, buy a cheap screwdriver with a long, thin shank. Take a hacksaw, cut off the head so it looks like a stiff steel rod or wire with a handle. Use a file or sandpaper to clean off any burrs from the cut. Next, using vice grips, a vice, etc, bend the last inch 90 degrees. You now have a tool you can keep in your unit at all times that you can make real quick work of removing compacted toilet paper from the sliding gate groove WITHOUT getting your hands in it.
I have, in a pinch, made a tool out of a very stiff cloths hanger. Just be sure to clean off all burrs.
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Originally Posted by Pick
I had the same problem with my old toilet. I tried all the above tips, but to no avail. I bit the bullet and bought a new pot.
I agree with Pick! The PO of my unit had used some kind of "toilet cleaner" and left the residue in the bowl. That virtually corroded the seal plate - and no amount of tinkering could fix it. We bought a new Thetford porcelain bowl toilet and commited the old unit to the dump.


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