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Thread: High Tank Toilet Stopper

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    DIY Junior Member eorns's Avatar
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    Default High Tank Toilet Stopper

    Hi everyone,

    I have an old high tank toilet that won't flush anymore. The old stopper mechanism--a plastic cylinder that went up and down on a chain that wrapped around a copper tube with cutouts for water flow--ceased working after the copper rusted away. I suppose welding on a new piece would do the trick but this is way beyond my ability. A friend put in a rubber stopper, but, even with a weight, it won't stay down enough to keep the water from flowing. Any suggestions?


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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
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    It would depend somewhat on how big the hole in the bottom of the tank was...you might be able to put in a common flapper valve. This would involve dismounting the tank, and unscrewing the nut holding the flush valve in, then putting in a new flush valve. If you post a picture, someone may have an idea if parts are available to repair or replace the valve you have.

    Or, you could do the environment a service and replace it with a modern, HET toilet that uses something like 1.28g to flush rather than the 5-8 gallons that old thing probably uses.
    Jim DeBruycker
    Important note - I'm not a pro
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013, 2014

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    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
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    Yakima WA


    I agree with jadnashua. Consign that old water hog to the land fill and get a Toto Drake. You'll be good for the rest of your life. Service items are common in every hardware store and plumbing shop.

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