Do it yourself toilet repair

Replacing worn out toilet parts yourself will save you money. No plumber fees, no high water bills. A simple solution for a common problem.

All toilets need repair. The everyday "Do It Yourselfer" can take care of most toilet repairs. Most often the parts that lie inside the tank are the ones that wear and need to be replaced. There are three replaceable areas in the tank, one of them can be broken down and even repaired in parts. Let's cover each replacement with step by step instruction.

The simplest part to replace is the handle. The toilet handle will sometimes break or the nut will wear out. This part can be simply repaired by removing the old piece. The handle passes through the outside of the tank into the inner portion. The screw is located inside and can usually be removed by hand. The handle has a wand extension inside the tank that attaches to the pull chain. The chain must be removed in order to take out the old piece. Once you have screwed in the new handle and attached the pull chain, adjustments can be made to ensure a proper flush. These adjustments are purely a hit or miss until the toilet works thoroughly.

The second part of the toilet that often needs replacing is the flapper. When the toilet runs to add water to the tank periodically the flap is worn. For most replacement parts, to ensure a proper fit, it is best to take the piece to the hardware store with you. First thing to do is turn off the water supply to the toilet. There is a vow under the tank to turn the water off. Next you need to flush to get all of the water out of the tank. The flapper usually snaps into place, just feel around and figure out how to disconnect it. Next the chain will need to be unhooked and then the flapper will be free and ready to go to the store. Once the identical new one is purchased, the flapper can be reconnected just like you took the old one out. Turn on the water supply and let the tank fill. The chain will need to be connected at the right link in order for the toilet to flush well. It might take a few tries to get it right, but soon the toilet will be working like new.

Finally, the last tank replacement is the main flushing mechanism. They come in a few different styles and it would be best to remove the old one and take it with you to the store. When a toilet runs continuously or has sprang a few leaks in different areas; it's time to replace this part. The float mechanism can be replaced by itself if the rod arm breaks or the ball wears away and starts to take in water. As far as the rest of this part goes, it is best to replace the whole piece. Toilet tank parts are fairly inexpensive and worth replacing when they start to wear. The saved water alone is worth the investment. This piece is bolted to the toilet at its base and quite often can be removed with little effort. Again, the water supply will need to be turned off and the toilet flushed to empty the tank. Next you will need to unscrew the old part and disconnect the clamped area where the water tube is connected. Once the new part is purchased it can be installed will a few easy steps. The base needs to be bolted down and the water supply tube needs to be clamped back in. turn on the water supply and wait for the tank to fill. The float will need to be adjusted to fit the filling capacity of the tank. Instructions that come with the part are easy to follow and will help you make all the proper adjustments. It will take few tries to get the tank and toilet back to good working order and then the job is done.

A few simple do it yourself repairs and the toilet will be in perfect working order. Replacing these items on your own will keep you from having to pay the plumber. The repairs will also keep down the water bill, not to mention, removing the annoying sound of a running toilet.

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