Saturday, December 27, 2014

How to Replace a White Toilet Bowl Flapper to a Fluidmaster® Red Flapper

Fig.1 Alligator Vice Grips®
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Alligator Vice Grips®
5403 Universal 3" Adjustable Toilet Flapper

George Baker is a used car salesman who live in Chino Hills, California. He did mention that his mother-in-law had pulled the flapper from the tank and it no longer held water in the tank. It was missing its flapper frame and the sole of the rubber flapper was covered with black mold and slightly twisted. When Mrs. Baker arrived home she wanted the toilet repaired immediately.

This post shows the six steps on how to replace a toilet flapper. 

Step 1: Fig.1 show the Alligator Vice Grip® pliers that will be used to close the metal chain around the toilet lever rod.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the old 3" white toilet flapper and shows that this flapper had a float valve to hold the flapper chain up and away from the flapper.
Fig.2 Close up
Step 3: There are many reason to purchase a Fluidmaster flapper. Below are the advantages that include a solid plastic frame for ultimate reliability. A built-in Microban® antimicrobial protection against bacteria inside a toilet tank. The flappers carries a ten years warranty. These flappers are resistant to chlorine and hard waterFig.3 shows the 3" toilet Fluidmaster flapper now installed. 
Fig.3 Assembly

solid frame for ultimate reliability

Step 4: Fig.4 shows the 5403 Universal 3" Adjustable Toilet Flapper in the bowl was running proving that the flapper was not leaking any water from the water bowl.
Fig.4 Checking for leaks

Step 5: Fig.5 shows that the bowl water is being replaced by the Fluidmaster valve and the flapper is working effectively. Mr. and Mrs Baker now are all ready for the Christmas Family holiday events. 
Fig.5 Last check

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**This information came directly from the Fluidmaster web site.

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