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22 Jan 2014 

Toto Toilet Tank Replacement

            It is said that nothing lasts forever, and I think I have maybe mentioned that before in some of my other posts.  This goes for many things that have to do with plumbing.  Though toilets appear to be pretty sturdy (enough that we can sit on them without them collapsing under our weight) sometimes accidents happen and things get broken.  There are many different brands of toilets and each one has their own design of bowl and tank.  So when it comes to replacing a part, many times you need to get brand-specific parts.  I learned this when the toilet tank on our Toto toilet broke.

            One day I was doing some remodeling in our bathroom and I was trying to reach a part of the ceiling (while on a metal ladder) that was out of my arms reach.  Needless to say that the ladder went tumbling down-with me on it-falling toward the toilet where it came in contact with the tank.  It cracked and immediately started to leak.  That was a bad experience, but it reminded me that I need to be more careful on ladders!

            Within the Toto brand (and other brands for that matter) there are different models of toilets which also means that the toilet tanks are different for each model as well.  The first thing I did was look to see if I could find any model numbers or anything that would tell me which model I had.  Since I didn’t have any success with that, I got on the company’s website to see if I could find a picture that looked like the toilet that I had.  After some searching, comparing of pictures and other research, I determined which model I had.


            Luckily, I was able to find a local store that had the tank in stock.  I had to call a few different stores, but it was beneficial to do so.  I purchased the tank, making sure the inside parts appeared to be the same as my old tank, and took it home.  I used the website again to see how to get the tank replaced.

            The first step was to turn off the supply valve to the toilet tank (which I already did the day that I cracked the tank).  I had a bucket handy to try to catch any excess water left in the different parts of the tank.  Next, I removed the supply tube that went to the toilet tank.  I was able to do this by loosening the bolt connected to threads of the tank.  After this was removed, I found the bolts that were securing the tank to the bowl of the toilet.  I had to use a flathead screwdriver and a pair of channel-lock pliers to get it off.  Once both bolts were loosened and the nuts were taken off, I was able to get the tank off.

            To put the new tank on, I did the opposite of what I just explained.  I put the bolts and nuts in place, tightened them, hooked up the supply tube and then opened back up the valve to the toilet.  The tank filled up with water and I was set to go!
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