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need plumbing advice

As many of you know, I'm a total duffer in the home improvement/home fixit category. For those of you who are wise in the ways of Home Fix-it, I have a question, related to a problem with the functioning of a certain bathroom fixture. If you have an idea what may be causing it, I can at least sound vaguely intelligent if a plumber's assistance is required to fix.



I've had a steadily growing leak in the bathroom, in the general vicinity of the toilet. Since I was totally distracted with work, and initially thought it might be Maggie being naughty to get my attention (not to mention I usually put my shoes on first thing to avoid Maggie pouncing on my toes), it has taken me a while to really track the source down. It's at the top of this joint (where the whole works connects into the tank) and it's now throwing about 2 quarts a day (I emptied out the second litter box, as Maggie does not use it).

problem area

The toilet works as normal; it's just apparently leaky. Although sometimes I hear "plumbing" (water-moving) noises when I know I'm not operating any water-using devices in the house.

What may be causing it and what should I do?

Many thanks!

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prairierabbit
Nov. 9th, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC)
If you want to try it yourself,

1. Turn off the water at the valve pictured.

2. Flush toilet. Try to empty out as much water as possible from the tank. May require bailing.

3. Unscrew the white connector (officially called the supply tube coupling nut) above, keeping the kitty litter container underneath. *grin*

4. Look at the washer, and at the plastic? connector. It is very probably the washer, but the plastic connector could also have cracked. BTDT.

5. Take parts to local hardware store, and find replacements.

6. Put it back together, tightening plastic? connector firmly but not to the "requires a body builder to undo" level.

7. After emptying kitty litter pan and drying it out thoroughly, put it back under the connector and turn water back on to toilet. Flush the toilet several times. Dry is good!

Good luck!

ayse
Nov. 9th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
Replacing washers is super easy, but let me know if you want some assistance. I've got Friday off, so I'll be in town/available to assist.
ayse
Nov. 9th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
By the by, you can stop the leaking by turning the water off when you're not going to use the toilet.
berkeleyfarm
Nov. 10th, 2005 03:46 am (UTC)
I've got Friday off too! I love it when a plan comes together.

(I have appointments starting a little before 2 pm.)
cat_herder
Nov. 9th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
Miss Farm, do let Ms. ayse go fix your toilet. Then, let's all go to dinner. I'm free Friday and am thinking seafood. Let me know!
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