Replacing the Flapper
Replacing the flapper is generally an easy fix and may be replaced when you experience a leaky toilet. Like in part one, be sure that the incoming water supply to the toilet tank is turned off. Remove the tank lid and as stated in part one and put it in a safe place. Hold down the tank lever and let the water exit the tank. At this point, you may wish to use a pair of disposable gloves to protect your hands. Generally, the flapper will have a film covering it from being exposed to the chlorine in the water. The film will stain your hands as well as your clothing!
Next, remove the chain from the tank lever and remove the flapper. There are a variety of types and styles of flappers available. You’ll need to take your existing flapper with your to your local hardware, plumbing supply, or home improvement center. In most cases, they should be able to provide either an exact, or an adequate replacement.
When you get back home, simply connect the flapper back into place and connect the chain and you are done!
Replacing the Fill Valve:
The replacement of the toilet’s fill valve is generally an easy task. The first step in the process is to secure the incoming water to the toilet tank. Once this is done, remove the tank lid, and put it in a safe place. Tank lids vary by manufacture and can prove to be costly when they are broken! Now, hold the tank lever down and open the flapper letting as much water exit the tank as possible.
Once the toilet tank has drained, remove the excess water with a sponge or shop-vac until the tank is dry. Next, remove the supply line from the fill valve. After the supply line is removed, remove the shank nut from the fill valve. Now you should be able to remove the fill valve from the tank.
There are a variety of different fill valves available. As a rule of thumb, take the fill valve you are replacing with you to your local hardware or home improvement center. An assistant should be able to provide you with an adequate replacement.