ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

DIY Problems with and after Replacing Toilet Tank

Updated on March 10, 2010


If you find a problem with a leaky or old toilet tank that needs replacing there are a few things to do. Of course it is not one of the best jobs to do in your home either but, someone has to do it. 

Or maybe you have decided to replace that old tank for a more modern twin flush system.  Whichever reason, you still have som work to be done.

Before buying a new one


Here are a few things to do before you purchase a new one:

  • You should have a look and see if you can find the name and model of the tank.  If you can it will be a lot easier, if not it may mean a lot of extra work, fitting a different sized one could be more complicated. We learnt this the hard way as nothing fitted.
  • If the tank does not have a main tap then turn off the water supply to the house from the meter. If it does have one beside the tank, turn the tap off.
  • Now empty the tank by flushing the toilet.  Soak up any extra water and disconnect the pipe line to the tank.
  • Under the tank you will find some nuts that hold the tank to the other part of the toilet.  You have to remove these nuts.
  • It would be a good idea to replace the valves and washers while you have it all apart.
  • Now lift the old tank off and replace with the new tank. Remember to put the rubber cushion in between the two. Insert the bolts and screw the nuts onto the bolts underneath the toilet and tighten them up.
  • Turn the tap or the mains tap back on and check for any leaks.  That wasn’t too hard after all.

If you had to install a different one

Now if you could not buy the same one you will still need to remove it in the same way. If by any chance the tank is smaller or larger than the one you removed you may have to drill two new holes in which to attach to the wall.

You may also have to paint around where the old one fitted. That is why it’s better to get the same one if possible.

Ours was smaller and that is not where the problems ended.


Flushing Problems

A few weeks after replacing the new tank we had a big problem. We were blaming each other for not flushing the toilet properly. You guessed it. We found some floaters in the bowl when the next person returned. It was embarrassing.

We had put the blue blocks in the new tanks and at the same time we bought some of those nice smelly things that you put in a cage and hook into the toilet bowl. They looked and smelt great. But with this new problem we could not work out what was wrong. We thought maybe there wasn’t enough water flow.

When the smelly was empty we took it out. And presto, the problem vanished. We then realized it was evidently interring with the way the water was flushed directly down the bowl. Breaking that needed pressure flow.

We have since found a new idea.

Duck Fresh Discs

This cage less rim block, stamps directly onto the bowl from a dispenser. It is a gel which you press and hold button whilst pushing dispenser against inside bowl until button clicks into next hole.

It will be interesting to see how long this one gel lasts. So far it has been a week and it is still there. The advertising says each disk lasts up to 1 week so we are on target. It dispenses six applications.

If anyone else is having this problem then you will now know what to do. Good luck


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      stars, thanks for stopping by. cheers chin up.

    • stars439 profile image


      9 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you for the information. God Bless.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      support med, yes you are not wrong it sure was. But thankfully we think we found the problem. And that is still going with the first one.

    • Support Med. profile image

      Support Med. 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Embarrasing, finding floaters, LOL!!! This one is out of my league. I would not even trust myself with DIY replacing a toilet tank. Good information though!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      It is simple, actually if you google it there are actually videos to show you how to do it. I knew as watched my husband curse when it was not the same fit as old one.

      God for it.

    • fits4life profile image

      Cherri Brown-Jett 

      9 years ago from Richmond

      This hub is well written. I need to replace my tank, but thought it would cost more than this. I can now do it myself without calling a plumber for it. Thanks for the tips.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)