I'm just looking for a little advice: my upstairs toilet tank started
leaking. When I nudged the corroded looking bolt head on the inside of the
tank, the thing broke off and Niagara started to fall. Honest... I barely
touched it. I flushed the can, turned off the water supply and reached for a
trash can all in the same motion. (My flying skills remain useful to me after
all these years.)
Anyway, the other mounting bolt didn't look much better than the first, so I
decided to redo the tank. I got a new ballcock assembly, flapper
assembly, tank-to-bowl gasket, and a pair of tank-to-bowl bolts/washers/rubber
Reinstallation seemed pretty straightforward: no leaks (I thought) and the
flusher works fine. Anyway, before I get into trouble, should I do anything
other than reach into the tank with a big long slotted screwdriver and tighten
down the wingnut some more? I did that and improved things tremendously, but it
still has a very slow leak. Before I crunch it down more, I wanted to check
with somebody who knows plumbing.
The bolts went together like this (from inside the tank to outside): bolt,
rubber seal, metal washer. This was inserted from the inside of the tank and
then bolted from the outside with a stainless nut directly against the
porcelain. I tightened this down but didn't really put a tremendous amount of
ass on it. The tank was then mounted on the toilet proper and I inserted a
rubber seal, metal washer and finally a wingnut. The wingnut is what I
tightened down pretty good. Should I put more muscle to the wingnut, or do you
think the problem is the nut that is sandwiched between the outside of the tank
and the two porcelain surfaces?
Enquiring minds want to know. In the meanwhile, I'm catching the little bit of
seepage in a trashcan.
What a pain in the ass this has been. Those original bolts were too corroded to
hold the tank, but they were also too corroded to unscrew. I had to hacksaw
them off. That was more than a little awkward.
Mortimer Schnerd, RN
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