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supatigah
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OT Plumbers - quick questions
We have two bathrooms upstairs.

One toilet the bowl fills up very very very slowly.

I have checked the valve it is open. I disconnected the fill line to the bowl and opened the valve and water trickled out slowly.

the other toliet the bowl fills up but it seems like there is air in the line or something. it flows for two or three seconds then stops a second, then flows a few seconds then stops a few seconds etc

1) where does the fill water for upstairs toilets come from? is it just PVC in the wall split off from other water pipes? does it split off from the attic out to the toilets from where the Water Heater is?

2) is there some sort of way to blow these lines out? Do you think there is some sort of blockage in the water lines?


Winston Cup
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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
ya we know chicken pays 2 story, 5.5 bath kinda money.

subtle brag, dick


Fa Sheaux Breaux
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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
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2) is there some sort of way to blow these lines out? 
Will I get banned if I tell you?


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supatigah
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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
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ya we know chicken pays 2 story, 5.5 bath kinda money.

subtle brag, dick



3.5 Bath, I am just a TD employee not an owner


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doubleb
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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
You are in way over your head. Please stop before you really mess things up and call a plumber.


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weadjust
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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
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One toilet the bowl fills up very very very slowly.


The bowl, the tank, or both?


whit
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First you need to provide engineer stamped plans


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keakar
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off hand i would say there is trash in the line blocking the valve.

turn off water, remove valve, check for trash in the line and blow through the valve both ways to be sure its clear.

i have seen the seat from old valves come off the handle and stay stuck blocking the flow, i have also seen shite from construction in the lines for years then just by chance one day it works its way to the valve and causes a blockage


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supatigah
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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
the tank fills up really slowly.


weadjust
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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
If water flow to bathroom sink and tub/shower is good. I would replace the toilet shut off valve. If that doesn't work replace the internal parts of the toilet tank.


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CootKilla
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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
All houses are plumbed differently. As said earlier, turn off main valve on house and change out two valves at toilet first. Then if not fixed call a plumber


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puffulufogous
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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
Do you have one of the old school oval shaped shutoff valves going to the supply line? Do yourself a favor and replace it with a quarter turn ball valve. That would eliminate a potential choke point.


supatigah
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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
going to replace the oval shaped needle valves with a ball valve. on my way to lowes now

thanks OT


puffulufogous
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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
Make sure you know if it's a compression valve or soldered. It's an easy replacement, especially if it's a compression valve. If that's not it it could be an issue further up the line. Does the rest of the bathroom have water pressure issues.

Disclaimer I'm not a plumber


supatigah
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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
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Does the rest of the bathroom have water pressure issues.


no everything else is fine, water pressure in shower and sink is fine

the valve was not the problem. took it off, looked in the line, no obstruction I could see. valve assembly was clear. I have already replaced the tank equipment

it is the weirdest thing


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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
Why don't you ask one of your super smart kids to figure it out. Might look good on their college applications to A&M.


thejudge
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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
With the valve off have someone cut the water on and blow that line out. Just open it for a second though. Tons of water will come at ya.

Also the fill valve for the tank is small and can scale up with lime and hard water deposits. Replace the guts inside the tank with new float and fill valve. Try again


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LCA131
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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
Reading this and the responses. Replacing the valves themselves can be a mess. If it's copper if it's been sweated etc. The new shark bite stuff does make it simpler but it can still be a lot of work. The connection between the valve and the bottom of the toilet tank would seemingly be the problem as far as I'm concerned. They're four bucks I would take the path of least resistance there. An answer to one of your questions most of the water lines are just teed off back and forth and if you look at the layout in a lot of houses bathrooms are installed back to back so the plumbing just comes into one wall and then feeds both bathrooms. But again I would go for the connection hose first then the valves.

Hope everything is going well for you guys.


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puffulufogous
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re: OT Plumbers - quick questions
If it were me I would replace anyway if only for the convenience of 1/4 turn shutoff. Needle valves always fail me when I really need it to shut off.


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