05:24PM | 11/18/02
Member Since: 11/02/02
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Is there some deep, dark secret to controlling the water-level remaining in the bowl after a flush? I recently replaced all the parts in the tank, and now the water doesn't come up as high in the bowl after a flush as it used to. I can almost convince myself that the flapper comes down too quickly. Indeed, if I hold down the flush handle for the entire duration of the flush, I get a more reasonable level in the bowl.

I'm a bit frustrated with this problem, and have actually spent quite a bit of time on it. I replaced the new-fangled filler mechanism with an old-style ball-**** and float-ball. That allowed me to get more water in the tank, but that extra water doesn't seem to translate into more water in the bowl.

I'd certainly appreciate any suggestions anyone might have.


06:17AM | 11/19/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
One thing that affects the amount of water that gets into the bowl is how long it takes for the tank to refill.
If your tank is refilling more quickly now, the fill valve shuts off sooner. This stops the water that's running through that small tube into the flush valve from continuing to fill the bowl after the flapper has closed. (You still have that small tube running water into the fill valve, don't you?)


09:01AM | 11/19/02
Member Since: 11/02/02
69 lifetime posts
Well, you know, I threw that little refill hose out, because when I stuck it down the overflow tube all it did was send water into the overflow, and from there the water went into the bowl, and then into the drain. It was sort of like trying to fill the bathtub by running the water into the tub overflow. But perhaps I missed something about how the flapper worked. I'll run out and buy another one of those hoses today.

Something else I'd like to know, I'm switching gears a bit here, is where I can get good-quality, brass tank hardware. All the hardware stores around here sell Fluidmaster parts, and I'm not really happy with those.


04:03PM | 11/21/02
Member Since: 11/02/02
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Well, I just installed a new "small tube", and life is good again. The bowl fills like it should. I feel like such a bonehead for throwing that little thing out to begin with. I learned something new today.


01:53AM | 11/22/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Life is good.


07:55AM | 11/27/02
Member Since: 11/17/02
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As far as brass parts, check with a supplier who sells Mansfield.
Good Luck
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