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Shorten the chain slightly until the flapper is straight up when you push the handle. Be careful to not shorten it too much, otherwise the chain may break.

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Thus if the tank is continuing to drain down through the bowl into the sewer line, the rubber flapper is not seating properly with the flush. These become worn and torn and are easily replaced. Or, even with a new one installed, sometimes they are not adjusted properly to create the appropriate balance between play and pull. Play being the upward connection to the flush handle and pull being the downward draw with the gravity flow of the water. Too much play it won't actually flush or lift properly. Too much pull it does not seat tightly or won't lift up long enough to allow enough water to flow through to flush the toilet...as engineered by the geniuses who designed the toilet. A simple adjustment of the chain links attaching the flapper to the flush handle and perhaps a side to side turn of the cuff so the flapper is aligned to seat properly as it drops should be sufficient. And test, test, test, test, and test again until you're absolutely sure you've got it adjusted correctly. One or two flushes is not sufficient!

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I have to hold down the flusher in order for the toilet to flush entirely. What do I need to adjust?


You need to adjust the chain so that it is a shorter lift. Thus the flapper will come up higher and then buoyancy and pressure take over until the water drains out of the tank and into the bowl. It is a 30 second job.

Feb 22, 2013 | Home

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I seem to have o flush at least 2 times. is there any adjustment to use more water flow?


I don't know what kind of flush mechanism you have, but if your toilet happens to have a flapper (that's the valve at the bottom of the tank that you lift when you flush) that has a hole in the side of it, you can replace it with a flapper that has no hole. The apparent design intention of these flappers with holes in them is to allow about half of the tank to be used when you depress the handle briefly, and they require you to hold the handle down for a few seconds if you want to use the hole tank. Many toilets have other means to accomplish the same thing. You might try watching the water in the tank when you flush. If only about half of it gets used, it will certainly work to just hold the handle longer to get a complete flush. good luck, Al K

Mar 09, 2011 | Home

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Flush valve closes before toilet flushes completely?


lift off cover and adjust =shorten length= between flapper and handle lever

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I have to hold the lever of my Eljer one-piece toilet to flush it. How to adjust it?


lift off cover and shorten flapper to handle chain/rubber connection flapper not opening all the way

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Crane toilets don't flush properly, ball comes down too quickly


adjust the flappers-- either adjust the length of the lift line-from flapper to handle and or the flapper itself not properly mounted on tank seat

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The flush valve does stay open long enough after flushing


Which style of flush valve do you have? If it is the dual-flush option (solids/liquids) I do not know how to adjust those. If you have a traditional style, then the flapper or ball is closing too soon. You need to adjust the guide arm (flush ball) higher or shorten the chain between the flapper and the handle. Adjust this carefully or you will have it fail to seat and the toilet will constantly run.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(who needed to replace the fill valve and the flapper at her home earlier this week)

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Have to hold down toil handle for 4 secs to flush


Assuming we are talking about a standard flush toilet, it sounds like the internal flush actuator lever is hitting the top of the toilet on the inside. Remove the lid, hold the exterior handle. and carefully bend the lever down a little. Also make sure the lever hasn't slipped or is loose. Put the lid back on try again. Repeat until the toilet flushes with the lid on.

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We have to flush at least two times before we get a complete flush. any suggestions?


Some of these come with a flapper/flush valve that is made to operate in partial or full flush. Look at the underside of the flapper. Is it a cone shape that has a pencil sized hole in it (or two)? This cone is supposed to keep the flapper afloat during the flush, but the holes allow it to flap back down early. Its a pretty cheezy way to pass the low water requirement, but they get away with it. If you hold the flush handle down for a few seconds (until the tank empties) you will get a full flush, but only when you need it. Or you can just buy a replacement flapper that doesn't have the hole in it. They are cheap and easy to replace, but you will use more water.

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