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How to repair a toilet

45 min | easy | 11 STEPS

A well-functioning toilet is essential in a home. If your toilet runs on and won’t flush properly, it is time for repair! Follow these simple steps for some smooth flushing.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

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Start by turning off the water supply to the toilet .

Look under the toilet tank and locate the shut-off valve. If your house is older, you may have to shut off the water supply where it comes into your house.

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Flush the toilet to empty the tank.

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Inspect the supply line and replace if necessary.

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Place the bucket under the water supply line.

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Disconnect the water supply from the toilet.

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Disconnect the overflow hose and remove the old fill valve kit.

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Read the manufacturer's instructions to prepare the replacement kit for installation.

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Install the Replacement Fill Valve Kit.

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Turn on the water supply and check for leaks.

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Adjust the level of the float.

Adjust the level of the float so that the water level is about ½ inch below the overflow tube.

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Replace the toilet lid and you're done!