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Whiledoing a little landscaping, I cut the incoming water line and, while repairing it, I got dirt in the line and it went to two of our toilets. Now, these two toilets will not shut off when the toilets fill. Is therfe a way I can clean them out or do I have to replace them. Please give me suggestions on how to clean or replace. Thanks Jim

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Jim, you may be suprised how easy it is to remove the toilet fill valves. Turn the stop **** off at the wall under the toilet. Flush the toilet and then soak up the remaining water in the tank with a towel. In a lot of cases you can turn the supply line fitting by hand. Even if you need a wrench or channel lock pliers, turn the large fitting nut clockwise until it drops free from the toilet tank. Reach inside and lift the valve out of the tank. You probably can't disassemble the valve, but you can inspect it for dirt and debris. Depending on the type of valve, you can probably blow backwards through the valve and watch for whatever is in there to come out. Most valves depend on a float of some sort to raise an arm up to shut the water off. Be sure the float is in the open position when you try to blow through it. What I would do is trot over to Home Depot or Lowes and pick up two of those tank valves that look like a little turtle and put them in instead of cleaning out the old ones. They are less than $20.00 and don't require any float at all. Less moving parts means less things to go wrong. You set the water level in your tank by turning a small screw on the turtle. When you reinstall the valves, whichever one you use carefully tighten the water line nut back to the tank. Do not overtighten. Check for leaks. Do not leave any leak, not even just one drop an hour. Good luck.

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