01:16PM | 06/30/05
Member Since: 06/29/05
2 lifetime posts
I always have to hold the handle to flush. I replaced the flapper because it appeared to not be sealing. Now, I still have to hold the handle to flush, the flapper won't float, and it sounds like tricking water all the time. HELP!


08:53AM | 07/08/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
227 lifetime posts
When your flapper won't float, then there is a problem with it. Either the rubber is saturated or there is a problem with the inside. Many times a hole develops inside the flapper that allows the air that is trapped under the cup to leak out. The air is what keeps it afloat.

When a flapper goes bad, make sure you remove the flapper inside the tank and take it with you to the hardware store. Flappers are matched to the toilet they serve. Some are 1.5 gallon and others are 3.5 gallon. You can't put a 1.5 gallon flapper in a 3.5 gallon toilet, or it won't flush properly. The flapper will fall down too soon.

Good Luck

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.
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