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How long should the little flapper valve last in the toilet tank?

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2 years seems a little quick.

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Depends. The less expensive models don't last very long at all. I make a point to get the best they have. I get 5-10 years.

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2 or 3 years seems to be what I get. 

Me thinks they're designing in some obsolescence. 

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23 minutes ago, donkpow said:

Depends. The less expensive models don't last very long at all. I make a point to get the best they have. I get 5-10 years.

Yep. And it seems heavier/denser is better.  I'm not even sure what goes "bad" with them, since when I swap one out, it looks like the new one. 

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2 minutes ago, Razors Edge said:

Yep. And it seems heavier/denser is better.  I'm not even sure what goes "bad" with them, since when I swap one out, it looks like the new one. 

I think the chlorine make them less pliable.

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I've gotten several years out of them. Eventually they get deformed and leak. That's what I notice.

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31 minutes ago, 2Far said:

2 years seems a little quick.

It's not the years.  It's the flushes.  Or maybe not.

 

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1 minute ago, 2Far said:

I think the chlorine make them less pliable.

There are some bleach lozenges that folks use in their tank to keep things fresh between cleaning. Those things dissolve even the plastic flush components.

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At this house we have never had an issue. A few years ago we replaced both toilets with taller toilets because my wife was having trouble getting up from the standard toilet. The old toilets still functioned perfectly. Evidently our toilets like our well water. We have lived here 27 years.

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7 minutes ago, Longjohn said:

A few years ago we replaced both toilets with taller toilets because my wife was having trouble getting up from the standard toilet.

I don' get why taller toilets aren't the standard instead :scratchhead:

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Just now, Razors Edge said:

I don' get why taller toilets aren't the standard instead :scratchhead:

The shorter ones are good when potty training little kids.

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Just now, Longjohn said:

The shorter ones are good when potty training little kids.

Seems most folks with kids use a little step to get kids up to sit or even plop them up there themselves.  Seems a 1% of situations dictating how the 99% end up living :(

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10 minutes ago, Razors Edge said:

Seems most folks with kids use a little step to get kids up to sit or even plop them up there themselves.  Seems a 1% of situations dictating how the 99% end up living :(

Of course there is the other concept of the “squatting potty” where you have a very low toilet that is supposedly a more natural position to let the poop come out. Lol

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18 minutes ago, Longjohn said:

Of course there is the other concept of the “squatting potty” where you have a very low toilet that is supposedly a more natural position to let the poop come out. Lol

Edge is a genteel Washington based person.  The poop would never fail to come out.

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39 minutes ago, Razors Edge said:

Seems most folks with kids use a little step to get kids up to sit or even plop them up there themselves.  Seems a 1% of situations dictating how the 99% end up living :(

Says the guy with no kids.

 

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1 hour ago, Mr. Silly said:

Me thinks they're designing in some obsolescence.

Just in case someone (not me, because I know lots of words, have a very large brain and am a very stable genius) was wondering......

 

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1 hour ago, Razors Edge said:

I don' get why taller toilets aren't the standard instead :scratchhead:

We put in a new toilet recently and put in a taller one.  My wife hates it.  She is short and her feet barely touch the ground.

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8 minutes ago, Zephyr said:

We put in a new toilet recently and put in a taller one.  My wife hates it.  She is short and her feet barely touch the ground.

You need to raise the floor.  :) 

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15 minutes ago, Razors Edge said:

Your kids are how old?

38, 33, and 31 and grand kids between the age if 14 and 2 months.

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9 minutes ago, Zephyr said:

We put in a new toilet recently and put in a taller one.  My wife hates it.  She is short and her feet barely touch the ground.

We got one as well. She likes it on the down cycle, not so much on the up cycle.

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So, in discussions with Wo2 last night, it appears that toilet's internals were not upgraded 2 years ago when we had the new toilet put in downstairs and upgraded innards put in the other upstairs toilet.

So, I guess the flapper function failed at about the 13 year mark.

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