It seems the tank on one of my toilets just decided to develop a nice
long crack all the way top to bottom. The toilet is marked with the
"Standard" logo and stamped "Mar 13 1952" under the lid. I would
rather replace just the tank than have to replace the entire toilet.
Can the standard tanks available today be used on an old toilet? If
not, where are repair parts available for the older toilets?
All the new toilets are low flush models so the tank will probably not
fit. I'd look for a house recycler in your area. You could also
place a "wanted" notice on craigslist.com (in your area).
I dont blame you for wanting to keep the old toilet, the new ones
never flush as well.
If you completely dry the tank, JB Weld will fix the crack. but it may
be a little noticable. Of course most women always cover the tanks
with those fuzzy covers anyhow, so find a woman that loves furry
toilets and you will never see the crack.
I am also wondering if the crack is in the back (I would also try to
repair it if the crack were in a non visable location). If it's in a
visable location I would try to repair it, then paint it with my paint
gun and that special epoxy paint like for bath tubs. Also, supposedly
you can use a new tank on an old toilet via an adapter plate. Yes, I
also have an old 1950 toilet that I hope I never have to replace.
On Jul 26, 1:56 pm, email@example.com wrote:
The crack is right in front. It runs on a slight angle from the top
a quarter of the way from the side with the flush lever to the bottom
the intake valve. It really was not visible until seeing the water
leaking through it.
On Thu, 26 Jul 2007 10:56:11 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I wonder if the new anti-terrorist efforts have made it harder to
smuggle in toilets from Canada.
I knew a guy whose grandfather was a moonshiner. And there are of
course narco-traffickers. But is there a special name for a toilet
IMO, you'd have to be crazy to try to repair it. The material is brittle
and can crack in an instant, flooding the bathroom and allowing the valve to
open and add more water. Do you really want to risk doing thousands of
dollars in damage to save a few bucks? Ceramic does not give like metal. It
The tank is TRASH. Get rid of it as soon as you can. I'd shut the water
supply off immediately.
Try Habitat for Humanity ReStore, if your town has one. They have tearout
plumbing fixtures. Or go schmooze the counter guy at the local supply house
that deals with the trade. He may let you post a picture with a wanted sign-
for 20 bucks, a plumber putting in a new one may be willing to put the
replaced one on the truck and haul to you. (Plan on replacing all the
innards, of course.)
Personally, I wouldn't spend a whole lotta time or effort on it. New
low-flush work a whole lot better than when they first came out. I'd only
expend a lot of effort on the old one if it was a no-longer-available color,
or had style details to match the other fixtures. (suprisingly common in the
New toilets work better than most 50 year old toilets. There's a
fetish here for old toilets that doesn't seem to exist in the real
world. No one has wanted the two 40 year old toilets I've replaced
and I was giving them away. I mean really, who wants a used crapper?
On Fri, 27 Jul 2007 08:42:57 -0700, frank megaweege
I don't know about in general, but I know not always. My brother just
bought an expensive house in Dallas and remodeled it, with some French
named toilet, I forget the model, but I'm sure it was expensive.
The water "footprint" when it is just sitting there is very small, and
every time I use it, my stuff falls straight on dry porcelain and I
make the side of it dirty. OTOH, my el cheapo Elgers, that are 27
years old works just fine.
My toilet in Brooklyn from 1930 worked fine, though that used a
My toilet from about 1940 in Chicago worked fine, as did the ones in
Indiana from 1950 and the ones in Pa. from 1940. I'll bet they are
all still in place and all still work fine.
Geez, just call their customer service and ask them what the correct
replacement tank is. Go to the big box store and buy it. Not so hard,
now, was it?
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