To turn off the water JUST to the toilet, do I just turn the valve to the right
until it stops? Does the water in the toilet have to be emptied first? If so,
how do I do that?
If it's not that simple, here's the story. The toilet won't stop running.
There's a trickle of water that sounds like it's coming from the bowl, and
every few minutes the toilet flushes itself. We're wasting a LOT of water, and
every time I hear that flush, in my mind I see dollar bills going down the
drain (so to speak :-)). Our usual plumber's not in today, and I need an "in
the meantime" fix.
I'd really appreciate any suggestions, websites or whatever!
Most of the guys here insist that when a woman asks a question, that she
includes a picture of herself. I, of course, am above all that.
Just turn the handle of the valve located near the floor to the left of
toilet clockwise. You might have to nudge it with pliers, if it hasn't been
turned in a few years. Don't worry about the water in the tank.
every few minutes the toilet flushes itself.
how old is the toilet? does it use a tank ball or a flapper? does it have an
older fill device or one of the new 400a's? <what color is the fill valve,
which is located on the left side of the tank> you might could save money by
fixing it yourself and keeping the regular plumber at home. oh...and mike tries
to be noble, but he's actually the one that wants a pic!
The toilet's REAL old. At least 40 years. It did have a ball, but it's
innerds were replaced a few years ago, and now it has a flapper.
If I'm looking at the right doo-hicky, it's gray. (Thanks for the
Last time we had the same problem, I just tried jiggling different things until
it stopped running. (The same method usually works with my husband.) It
worked then, but it's not now. I think the round thing at the bottom of the
tank isn't sealing well (??).
the flush valve...the thing dead centre of the tank with the hollow tube rising
from it to the top of the tank....what color is that? i'm guessing buy a new
flapper as long as the flush valve was replaced during the great innerd
upheavel you described....go to a plumbing supply house <not home depot, or
lowes> ask for a korky flapper. Install it as per the instructions...which
means removal of the center ring. send mike the pic so he quits sqwakin'
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