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Need a New Toilet

September 14th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

For those of you who saw an earlier entry I wrote, we were having trouble with the toilet running all the time. We replaced the black bubble thing with the copper tubing on the end. Sorry, I don't know the correct term, but that's what we were told was causing the problem. It sort of helped, but the toilet still runs to some extent. We think we need a new toilet and the hubster thinks we should be able to get a decent one with some water saving ability for around $100 or thereabouts. Upon looking at Homedepot.com for just a guesstimate on this, the cheapest ones I could find were around $200 and go up to nearly $600. Ouch! For those of you who have bought new toilets, is this normal?

7 Responses to “Need a New Toilet”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Did you replace the flapper that covers the hole inside the tank? The flapper is the part that lifts up to when you turn the handle down and then allows the water to flow into the toilet bowl. Those can go bad and cause leaking noises. They cost five dollars at a hardware store. I personally would replace all internal parts before replacing a toilet. Much cheaper!

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    Come to think of it, I think it was the flapper. I would replace all of it, but the hubster is being stubborn. Maybe the thought of $200 versus $20 for all the parts will change his mind.

  3. Tightwad Kitty Says:

    If you need to replace it get a duel flushing one it will save on water over time.

  4. patientsaver Says:

    I agree with creditcard free. I'd replace internal parts before replacing the whole toilet, UNLESS you have an old toilet that uses more water than the modern ones do today. The flapper is made of rubber and does often deteriorate over time, causing leaks.

    I've replaced the flapper before. (The ball you spoke of is the float.) If I can replace the flapper, anyone can.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    We also just replaced the fill valve in our toilet because I could hear it making a leaking sound. It was only $15 or so. You do have to turn off the water to the toilet, and empty all the water, but it is also a pretty easy fix.

    Here's a http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UygnbjIg8CY&feature=relmfu to a you tube video

    Good luck!

  6. crazyliblady Says:

    Yes, it is a VERY old toilet. Just to tell you exactly how old, most of the bathroom is harvest gold - the tile over the tub, the tub itself, and the toilet. Ugh. And even it were running perfectly, it would use more than the modern toilets of today.

  7. Jerry Says:

    Almost certainly it is the rubber flapper/stopper thing... we had the same problem with an old toilet and that was the thing that would lead to a fix. However, the old toilets DO use a ton more water than the new ones, so keep than in mind. I don't know how much insurance of savings it would offer on the water bill, but it's worth considering. Good luck!

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