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Old 11-03-2014, 11:14 AM   #1
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Toilet seal

How do I replace the rubber seal in toilet will not hold water after flushing.
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Type/brand/model of commode?
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Try cleaning it really well before you go to the trouble of replacing it (unless you know it's bad). Get in there with an old toothbrush (keep hold of it, you don't want to drop it) & scrub, scrub then scrub again. We didn't replace ours until the 8 year mark because I kept it real clean.

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The brand and model is important. My thetford was very easy to change the gasket, parts, descriptions and diagrams are available on line by searching for exactly what you need.

Cleaning however is the best suggestion. Mine came with a stiff Emory board looking thing which I wedge between the ball and the gasket and give it a scrub.

Incidentally I did not change mine because it was leaking I did so because I was doing something else and as long as I was taking it apart I thought why not?
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:12 PM   #5
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How do I replace the rubber seal in toilet will not hold water after flushing.
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Type/brand/model of commode?

The toilet is sealand
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Old 11-03-2014, 01:27 PM   #7
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My Sealand would not hold water. I scrubbed it with the little Emory board thing-put a little plumbers grease (Vaseline would work) on the seal and it's good as new. Need to find some more of the little cleaner boards now.


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I also have the Sealand. I did change the seal once.

A couple of years later, it began to leak again. I used a toothbrush to scrub the seal. Then I maintained enough CLR in the bowl to keep the seal covered for a while, and toothbrush scrubbed the seal again. That solved it.

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I just changed out my seal. Since I have a new unit I tried everything because I doubted it was a bad seal. Nothing helped. On new units it is really a piece of cake. Mine is a Thetford style 2. First I located the model numbers on the toilet. The hardest part was finding an RV store that had a seal. Since I was desperate I had to buy the complete pricey kit from CW. (inside of MH was getting stinky) Cost me $26 for the complete kit. Buying just the needed seal would have been about $13.

Turn off the water. Disconnect the water line from the bowl. Remove 2 small screws in the back of the toilet, twist the bowl counter clockwise about a quarter turn and lift off. The seal was laying on top of the pedestal over the ball valve. Throw it in the trash. Clean the area where new seal goes. I put silicon grease on the new seal, sat it in place and replace bowl. About a 15 minute job for my style toilet.
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I have a Sealand and just did that job a couple of months go. You have to turn off the water (depressurize), remove the clamped metal band (on the pedestal), lift the top of the base off carefully (be careful of the pedal valve) and place to the side, remove the old seal, put the new one on (in the right position), re-attach the top of the base and tighten the metal band tightly, and then turn the water back on. It's really that simple. I tried the toothbrush, the vaseline, the popsicle stick and still lost water. Do yourself a favor and buy a new seal and replace it.
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I also have the Sealand. I did change the seal once.

A couple of years later, it began to leak again. I used a toothbrush to scrub the seal. Then I maintained enough CLR in the bowl to keep the seal covered for a while, and toothbrush scrubbed the seal again. That solved it.

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I've tried the toothbrush trick, and although the toilet now holds water, my "better half" is constantly complaining that her tooth brush "taste funny". Now what???
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A little simple geeen and tooth brush works well for cleaning. I'll check in the morning. My DW just handed me a tooth brush. Probably wasn't hers.
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I've tried the toothbrush trick, and although the toilet now holds water, my "better half" is constantly complaining that her tooth brush "taste funny". Now what???
Tell her she's lucky to have indoor plumbing ... what a whiner
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Reminds me of a video I saw where some staff were upset with motel guests so the hotel staff member entered the room while the guests were out and video taped himself using the guests tooth brush in places where only soft tissues should be used. He sent it to the guests home. Since seeing the video, my tooth brush goes in the safe. Anyways I searched my way to this thread because our toilet bowl wont hold water. I will borrow dws toothbrush tomorrow and give it a good cleaning.
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