Post details: Installing A Plunger-Valve Ballcock

02/22/05

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Installing A Plunger-Valve Ballcock


A ballcock basically is a toilet's only mechanical part. It has a number of moving components that can wear out or break. When that happens, you'll need to replace the ballcock. It's not a difficult job. There are several types of ballcocks – plunger-valve, diaphragm, float-cup, and floatless. They all use similar steps and methods for replacement. You can replace the ballcock with the same type you have, or

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

SKILL SCALE
Easy

TIME REQUIRED
You can replace a ballcock in about an hour.

TOOLS
Adjustable wrench

MATERIALS
Replacement ballcock

Plunger-Valve BallcockShut off the water and flush the toilet to empty the tank. From underneath the tank, place a bucket under the retaining nut, then remove the ballcock retaining nut with an adjustable wrench and take out the old ballcock assembly.

 

 

 

Plunger-Valve BallcockAttach a new cone washer to the new ballcock tailpiece and insert the tailpiece into the tank opening.

 

 

 

 

Plunger-Valve BallcockAlign the float arm socket so that the float arm will pass behind the overflow pipe. Screw the float arm onto the ballcock. Screw the float ball onto the float arm.

 

 

 

 

Plunger-Valve BallcockBend or clip the refill tube so that the tip is inside the overflow pipe.

 

 

 

 

Plunger-Valve BallcockScrew the mounting nut and the supply-type coupling nut onto the ballcock tailpiece and tighten the nut with an adjustable wrench. Turn on the water and check for leaks. Note: over- tightening the nut can crack the toilet tank.

 

 

 

Plunger-Valve BallcockAdjust the water level in the tank so it is about 1/2 inch below the top of the overflow pipe, or align with the "full" line inside the tank.

 

 

 

 

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