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Posted: 08/03/21 04:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It seems that the inside of the toilet bowl has a very slow leak. Is it a big deal to replace the rubber seal or is it best to take to the dealer?

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Posted: 08/03/21 05:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thetford toilets with the blade may only need to have the grove cleaned out.
You can make one out of old metal coat hanger.
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Posted: 08/03/21 05:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Before replacing clean the seal and lube it with plumbers silicone grease.. Don't use anything petroleum based!


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I've yet to master the revitalization of flush ball seals, always had to replace them especially when the kids didn't understand the concept of keeping water in the bowl.

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As said, a thorough cleaning is a good start. I've also used vinegar to flush as per a suggestion on here. It seemed to help,

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Posted: 08/03/21 08:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last time I looked the seal was around $10. Not hard to replace, just look at your toilet's owner's manual for directions. If its a decent quality dometic thats in good shape otherwise its usually worth the time to fix. If its an old plastic creaking special I always upgrade to a 310 or 320 model. Walmart sells the 310 for $199.99.

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I second the motion for using silicone grease. Just make sure the seal and the knife blade are dry before applying a liberal amount of silicone grease to both. I have used this method for years and it saves a lot of work and expense.


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Posted: 08/04/21 07:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Should have asked what make and model of toilet.

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