Old American Standard toilet from around 1954. Has some Fluidmaster
components in it.
It works OK but about 4 times/day it pumps maybe an additional gallon
of water in, so it has a slow leak.
I checked the stopper and it's aperture: both look fine, but I spread
a little vaseline on both to help insure seal. No help. Overflow tube,
etc look OK.
Visual inspection looks OK but it leaks. Any ideas?
Turn the valve off that supplies water to the johnny. Put some food
coloring or other dye in the water closet of the johnny, and let it set
overnight. If there is coloration in the basin the next morning, then the
flapper is leaking and must be replaced. Sometimes they look perfectly
fine, but still leak a bit.
You can get a good flapper at Home Depot or Lowes for $ 6-7.
We had one toilet flapper looked fine but it had somehow crinkled or
got worn one side and leaked a little bit.
Sometimes good idea to keep a spare valve assembly or at least a
replacement flapper along with a spare toilet base wax seal, in the
bathroom vanity cabinet. That helps when the toilet malfunctions at
2.00 AM over a long holiday weekend, 50 miles from the nearest
hardware that 'might' be open on the morrow and 'might' (or might
not!) have a suitable replacement. So this time buy two. With luck you
'might' need the second one within ten years and you or whoever is
then involved will look like a hero!
I've seen flappers that look OK develop a leak. There are
kits that contain an insert to take the place of the existing
valve seat and a new flapper. I would use one of those if
there were any nicks in the valve seat. Here's a good guide:
On Sun, 23 Aug 2009 15:19:54 -0500, The Daring Dufas
That was a help.
Turns out what I got is a Fluidmaster Flusher Fixer Kit
from 15-20 years ago. Looks plenty different from the
one they sell now.
All I need is a flapper, near as I can tell, but I
guess I may have to buy a new FFFK, rip the old one
out, and replace it.
Unless someone knows where I can get just a flapper?
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