My latest toilet issue is that since I have one of those flappers that
slides down around my brass overflow tube, the flapper is having the
tendency to creep after days or weeks, creating a leak. Question: is
there a clamp with ears that I could tighten around the overflow pipe so
that I can use a standard flapper that clips to the ears? I really
think this would solve the creeping, but I am unable to find a web
source carrying such a clamp. Thanks.
That's where I think I saw it before, but I'll know for sure today.
I have to say that I'm surprised they don't do it this way with the
slide over flappers because if mine's creeping, I'm sure many others had
the issue as well. I already had a stainless steel hose clamp tightened
just above it because the flapper had the tendency to creep upward, but
now going side to side of course.
Try a rubber band that is wrapped around the overflow tube several times
and then rolled down the tube until it touches the collar of the flapper
valve. If it doesn't work, the right sized hose clamp should work.
Yes, that's what I ended up getting. I have it and their flapper
installed now and running a test for a few hours to see if there's
leakage before I do a full install.
I remembered after purchasing this today that they did have such a kit,
but had forgotten about it. Before I remembered and asked them in the
plumbing store about such a clamp, no one seemed to know that there was.
I ended up going to Walmart where I spotted the clamp in the kit.
So far, so good. I should have done this months ago rather than trying
to use one of those flappers that just slides over the copper overflow
tube. This one offers significantly more support on that side and the
clamp is tight enough that it won't shift. Will follow up in days/
weeks/ months ahead to tell how it holds up.
I have greatly appreciated this forum's help. I've been really
struggling with this toilet for months and held up mainly in the flapper
area. People at the plumbing places often don't know or else don't
volunteer options like I have found here and most suggested toilet
replacement much earlier on. I would have tended to agree if this had
been a far newer home with modern toilet, but the bathroom is already an
off-color pink and I was finding it very difficult to try and color
match the existing toilet to a modern one. If it had really come down
to it though, I probably would have been able to find one if no other
choice (and still may.... who knows.... if I start hearing water running
again!). For now, keeping my fingers crossed that this more solid
flapper finally does the trick. So far, so good and dotting my
crossing my t's and dotting the i's.
This is easy. You strip the bathroom down to the walls and replace
everything with modern colors. For only $25,000 you can update the room
and stop the leaking of the old toilet. The good part is, it will all
be paid for with the water savings getting rid of that 5 gallon flush
and replacing it with a 1.6 gallon.
Perfect solution. Oh, you're welcome.
Nice solution, Ed, if one has the extra cash. The water bill has been
higher the last couple of years by about $150, so I doubt the savings
gained by a complete revamping is the true solution. Retired+ fixed
income and new bathroom don't mix. I don't even like to call a plumber
because just to look at something they want to charge $200+. We have to
have our drains snaked every so often due to tree roots. It's a $300
job for 15 minutes of roto-rooting. I've just started using copper
sulfate this year and so far, no calls for rooting. Trying to save when
I can. 20 years ago, such expenses weren't a problem but they are now.
Of course, that was in the days when I had an "old time" plumber,
charged $15 for snaking the drains. Those days are long gone, but my
income didn't go up with the expenses.
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