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Thread: Leaky toilet: I think I installed it wrong, HELP!

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    If you use all four nuts, four washers and two bolts to mount the tank,

    Put the rubber washer on the brass bolt.
    Drop the bolt through the hole on the inside of the tank.
    On the lower end of the tank, slip a washer, then a nut, and snug down.
    Now the tank can be set on the bowl, using the next set of washers and nuts.

    On the Drake, no metal washer will be inside the tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deathlock
    But at least I know how to do it properly now.
    You haven't convinced me. Here's the proper order of materials:

    1. Brass bolt.
    2. Rubber washer.
    3. Tank china.
    4. Space.
    5. Bowl china.
    6. Rubber washer.
    7. Brass washer.
    8. Brass nut.

    Except the way I do it with a good tank to bowl set is:

    1. Brass bolt.
    2. Rubber washer.
    3. Tank china
    4. Brass washer.
    5. Brass nut.
    6. Space.
    7. Bowl china.
    8. Rubber washer.
    9. Brass washer.
    10. Brass nut.

    The purpose of securing the bolts to the tank first are to make it more secure and to allow you to remove the tank at a later date even if it has a little bit of water in it. You should have this many parts:



    . . . except that I recommend they all be brass nuts and washers.

    The first rubber washer seals the bolt to the tank. The second rubber washer helps cushion strain on the china from beneath. (As when you lean against the tank.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herk View Post
    You haven't convinced me. Here's the proper order of materials:

    1. Brass bolt.
    2. Rubber washer.
    3. Tank china.
    4. Space.
    5. Bowl china.
    6. Rubber washer.
    7. Brass washer.
    8. Brass nut.
    The above is what I did. but in the above pic, why is there 4 metal washers ( thats what I call em)

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    Metal goes to metal rubber goes to china.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deathlock
    The above is what I did. but in the above pic, why is there 4 metal washers ( thats what I call em)
    The four washers correspond with the second list, not the first list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herk View Post
    Except the way I do it with a good tank to bowl set is:

    1. Brass bolt.
    2. Rubber washer.
    3. Tank china
    4. Brass washer.
    5. Brass nut.
    6. Space.
    7. Bowl china.
    8. Rubber washer.
    9. Brass washer.
    10. Brass nut.
    1-3 are standard...but I add in a rubber washer between the brass washer and the outside of the tank.

    4. Rubber Washer
    5. Brass Washer
    6. Brass nut.
    7. Space
    8. Bowl china.
    9. Rubber washer.
    10. Brass washer.
    11. Brass nut.

    One of these days manufacturers will realize that this simple extra set of rubber washer / brass washer / brass nut is a simple fix that pretty much eliminates tank bolt leaks for good without having to worry about over tightening the tank to the toilet.
    Note: I am a DIY'er and not a professional. My posts here are observations / opinions and may or may not be in accordance with your local ordinances.

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