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

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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!
Staff note (paul wheaton) :

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
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

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
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Mike Haasl approved this submission.

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