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Fix a Leaky Toilet - PEP BB plumbing.sand.tiny.leakytoilet

BB plumbing and hot water - sand badge
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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Plumbing.

In this Badge Bit, you will fix a leaky toilet.  (Note that this BB is part of a 6-part choose your own adventure list BB called the Tiny List. You must complete six Badge Bits in the Tiny List.)



These are some related articles for fixing a leaky toilet.
  - How to Fix a Leaky Toilet Tank
  - How to Fix a Toilet That is Leaking From the Base
  - How to Fix a Running Toilet
  - How to Stop a Trickling Toilet Tank

Here are some videos about how to fix a leaking toilet.
The first two are about how to fix a leaking tank, and the second two are about how to fix a toilet leaking from the base.









To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- fix a leaky toilet

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a before picture of the leaking toilet showing tiny ripples on the water in the bowl
   - an in progress shot of you repairing the leaking toilet
   - an after picture of the toilet no longer leaking showing the water in the bowl is still
   - a description of the problem and how it was fixed
   - OR a 2-minute video of you doing this
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A few days ago my 5 year old told me the toilet wouldn't flush, I didn't think anything of it until later that night i heard running water and saw that a part was broken. I wasn't sure what it was so i looked up a diagram on google found the name for the part i needed. My wife went a few days ago to get the part I needed since she was already in town getting groceries but i mistakenly told her the wrong size so we had to deal with fixing the flapper seal for a few days until we had a few other things to get in town. I was able to pick up the part today and install it. Lesson learned if you can bring the old/broken part with you to the store it makes finding the replacement part a lot easier.
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Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

Sorry Jonathan, I hit the wrong button when I certified this a month ago.  My bad.  It is hereby officially certified!!!

 
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I fixed a running toilet today!  I thought it was just an issue of gunk on the flapper that was preventing a good seal.  Unfortunately after cleaning it off, it still leaked.  So I bought a kit to replace all the moving parts of the toilet.
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Leaky toilet
Leaky toilet
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We're getting serious now...
We're getting serious now...
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All done. Yay!
All done. Yay!
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I certify this BB is complete!

 
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This toilet has had ongoing problems. The mechanisms have been replaced by the landlord twice and though the major issues were resolved, it continued to run slowly, but inconsistently. Rather than having the clients' landlord in again, I wnt ahead and did the fix myself. The seal was still good, but it turns out that the chain was kinked so it wasn't always closing the seal completely. All it took this time was to loosen the kink so the chain would drop to a consistent position.
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The running water
The running water
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Unkinking the chain
Unkinking the chain
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Still waters after
Still waters after
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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Here is my submission for the Plumbing - Sand - Tiny List - Fix a Leaky Toilet BB.

The toilet in my sister's bathroom leaks and runs maybe 3-4x per day.  It is a slow leak but sometimes I wake in the middle of the night due to the noise.  I cleaned the flapper (which was slimy) and added about 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the tank to clean things up a bit before the next flush.  

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
  - a before picture of the leaking toilet
  - an in-process shot of you repairing the leaking toilet
  - an after picture of the toilet no longer leaking
  - a description of the problem and how it was fixed
 
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The toilet
The toilet
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cleaning the flapper
cleaning the flapper
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adding vinegar
adding vinegar
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all quiet
all quiet
Staff note (gir bot) :

Mike Haasl approved this submission.

 
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This loo has been a major pain, we cut corners when we installed it years back, and it's been teaching us the lesson of that ever since.

This bad boys runs, runs like it's competing in the Olympics. So many problems, but todays problem is the chain inside one link broke, but open so the flapper wouldn't shut. Grrr...

It was a pretty simple fix, just got some more chain, and redid the links.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/qmQo4RCxjCoofBjy9

Link to loo running.
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Mike Haasl approved this submission.

 
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Here is my submission for the Plumbing - Sand for Straw - Tiny List (duplicate) - Fix a Leaky Toilet BB.

The toilet in my sister's bathroom has a small flapper leak and does not always fill (after you flush) so I'm replacing everything in the tank.  

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
  - a before picture of the leaking toilet
  - an in-process shot of me repairing the leaking toilet
  - an after picture of the toilet no longer leaking
  - a description of the problem and how it was fixed (above)
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the toilet
the toilet
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inside the tank - before
inside the tank - before
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parts and a look in the tank
parts and a look in the tank
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installing new fill valve (old one on right)
installing new fill valve (old one on right)
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tank fill pipe and new flapper installed
tank fill pipe and new flapper installed
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Yeah - A quiet toilet that flushes too
Yeah - A quiet toilet that flushes too
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Mike Haasl approved this submission.

 
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I'm sick in bed, so what better time to finally post this badge bit that I did a couple of weeks ago?

Our toilet was leaking, oh no!
Upon inspection, the flapper was not sealing properly... so, I went to the store and got a new one to replace it with :)

No more leaks!
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Mike Haasl approved this submission.

 
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long story short we had a leaky toilet and now we don't.

But here's the long story long.
Our problem was that The toilet kept on flushing by it's self, Thus wasting massive amounts of water when no one was there to fix it.
The problem was that the cylindrical float thingy on a stick that is on the left wouldn't rise, and thus the water wouldn't turn off when the tank was full, so the overflow pipe slightly to the right of the cylindrical floaty thing on a stick kept draining the continually filling water tank. thus there was lots of water wasted. the end...….. But not actually, because we had to fix it, and we did.

So, we went to lows to go and buy a new cylindrical float thingy on a stick so that the problem would stop being a problem. then after getting the old cylindrical floaty thing on a stick out, we put a new one in, and that fixed our problem!
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filling while full (problem)
filling while full (problem)
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taking out old stuff
taking out old stuff
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putting new stuff in
putting new stuff in
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not filling while full (full)
not filling while full (full)
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This toilet randomly runs because the 24 year old innards needed to be replaced.
I'm our plumber - I'm usually pretty goid at it. Today was hell.

New innards kit was a generic one instead of the very specific one for this brand toilet. On the plus side this kit lets me adjust how much water is in the tank and how fast the flapper shuts!

Took 4 tries to get the tank seated on the bowl propper because of the shape of the gasket. It's not perfect but unless i tell me dad and he looks noone else will notice lol.

Got the whole thing put back together and I'm filling the tank to do leak checks then the shut off valve decides it's going to fail. I deemed it not repairable as the ball valve was plastic and decided it might be best to replace the hose as long as I'm at it.

It's done. I'm done 😜
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leaky toilet
leaky toilet
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drained tank with old innards
drained tank with old innards
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new kit
new kit
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cleaned tank
cleaned tank
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leaking shut off
leaking shut off
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new innards
new innards
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no more leaks!
no more leaks!
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new much lower water level
new much lower water level
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replaced shut off and hose
replaced shut off and hose
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Paul Fookes approved this submission.
Note: I certify this BB complete.  Well done

 
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