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We all know that sound. The water constantly running because your toilet won't shut off. How do
you stop a running toilet? Actually it is pretty simple once you know what you are doing. So don't
let that annoyance bother you anymore. We are going to fix that problem for years to come and it
will only take about 10 minutes. Ready to get going?
First you want to go to the store and buy a new universal flush valve. Preferably the kind that
have the float right on the stem (not the big ball hanging off of the wire).
When you get to the house stand if front of the toilet and locate the water shut off valve. Should
be down below the toilet on the wall. Just turn it off (righty-tighty) completely and flush the toilet.
All the water should have left the tank, well at least most of it. If there is remaining water get it out
with paper towels or a rag. The important thing is that no more water came in. If it did then your
valve is not shut all the way or not working and you need additional help.
Next, unscrew the water line connecting to the old flush valve from the tank from the bottom. It
may be very tight so you may need a wrench. Once you unscrew the plastic nut, the flush valve
should pull right out. You might want to have a small bucket or rag there to catch any water from
that line. Remove the existing o-ring from the tank if it is still there.
Unpack the new flush valve and scan the directions. You should have to add a new washer or oring to the flush valve when you install it at the tank. Push down firmly and make sure it is seated
flush. Attach the water line to the new flush valve at the bottom of the tank. Make sure the nut is
good and tight.
Next, slowly open the water valve. Check the water line connection for any leaks. Open the valve
all the way and water should start filling the tank. The float on the stem of the flush valve is
adjustable, usually by turning a small nut on the side of the float with your hand or a small
screwdriver. Just adjust it to control where you want your water level at. You may also have to
adjust the chain or plastic line that attaches to the plunger in the bottom to make sure it seats
correctly and that there is not too much slack. Flush it a few times, make sure it works and voila...
you have stopped your running toilet.
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