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Jerry Hardy

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I was a Building Contractor along with owning rental properties where I did most of the repairs myself. Its my pleasure to pass on to you some of the methods I had used in the past. Hopefully, this will save you the expense of hiring a professional to do the work.

Replacing Toilet Flush Valve

Replacing the toilet flush valve is easily accomplished as follows:

flush valve,toilet If you hear sounds of dripping or running water when you are near the toilet, it is usually because the flush valve or fill valve is defective allowing water to leave the tank. When the tank water gets to a certain level, the fill valve will open, allowing water to re-enter the tank. You may have heard the tank refilling after hearing the dripping sound. With these signs, you can be certain the flush valve needs replacing. Replacing the valve is very easy if you follow the directions below. Don’t be concerned about your hands being in the remaining water in the tank as you are replacing the flush valve. It is completely safe since it is fresh water.

How To Replace Toilet Flush Valve

 1. Remove the toilet tank lid

 2. Turn off water

Turn off the water supply valve located at the wall below the left side of the toilet tank.   Turn the valve completely clockwise.  Now hold down the flush lever until most of the water leaves the tank.

 3. Disconnection chain from flush handle lever

Remove the chain that connects between the flush handle lever and the flush valve. The chain is usually attached with a clip to the flush lever.  Open the clip and remove the chain.

 4. Remove flush valve from bottom of  tank

Reach your hand down to the valve and remove the two attaching ears holding the valve to the overflow tube. Remove the valve from the tank.

 5. Clean surface of valve seat.

With a rag, clean the circular seat where the flush valve was located.

 6. Install the new valve

Install the new valve by attaching the two ears to the two retaining tabs.

 7. Attach the chain

Attach the chain clip to the flush lever leaving a little slack.

 8. Turn on water

After the tank fills, flush the toilet. Did the valve open completely during the flush and close after the flush?  If not, readjust the chain length at the flush handle lever.

 9. Replace tank lid

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