How to Replace a Toilet Fill Valve – Part 4

How to Replace a Toilet Fill Valve: Install the reinforced toilet connector hose and connect the valve refill tube.  This project is continued from How to Replace a Toilet Fill Valve – Part 3.

Install the Toilet Connector Hose

A new Brasscraft Speedi Plumb PLUS toilet connector hose reinforced with steel braids will replace the old plastic PVC hose. The Brasscraft hose is 9 inches in length with a 7/8 inch fill valve fitting and a 3/8 inch compression nut for the water supply valve. The Brasscraft hose is pre-assembled with the cone washer and ready to install.

Toilet Repair: Brasscraft Toilet Connector Hose

Toilet Repair: Brasscraft Toilet Connector Hose

Do not use Teflon plumber’s tape or plumber’s putty on the toilet connector hose fittings.

The 3/8 inch compression nut Brasscraft toilet connector hose detail:

Toilet Repair: Brasscraft Toilet Connector Hose 3/8 inch Compression Fitting

Toilet Repair: Brasscraft Toilet Connector Hose 3/8 inch Compression Fitting

Tighten the 3/8 inch compression nut on the water supply valve using a wrench. Do not over tighten.

Toilet Connector: Tighten 3/8 inch Nut on the Water Supply Valve

Toilet Connector: Tighten 3/8 inch Nut on the Water Supply Valve

The Brasscraft toilet connector hose has a large wing nut for hand tightening to the shank of the fill valve. It helps to hold the toilet connector hose to prevent it from twisting as you tighten the wing nut.

Toilet Repair: Attach the Toilet Connector Hose to the Fill Valve Shank

Toilet Repair: Attach the Toilet Connector Hose to the Fill Valve Shank

The toilet connector hose installed and ready for service:

Toilet Repair: Brasscraft B1-12DL F Toilet Connector Hose

Toilet Repair: Brasscraft B1-12DL F Toilet Connector Hose

Install the Toilet Valve Refill Tube

Slip the refill tube over the fill valve nipple while holding the fill valve to avoid bending/stressing valve body. The purpose of the refill tube is to fill the toilet bowl with water after flushing:

Install a Toilet Fill Valve: Attach the Refill Tube to the Fill Valve

Install a Toilet Fill Valve: Attach the Refill Tube to the Fill Valve

Remove the old refill tube holder from the overflow pipe by sliding it off the end of the pipe:

Install a Toilet Fill Valve: Remove the Old Refill Tube Adapter

Install a Toilet Fill Valve: Remove the Old Refill Tube Adapter

Install the angle adapter on the overflow pipe as shown and measure where to cut the refill tube at the nipple of the angle adapter. I just pinch and hold it at the right length, then cut the tube with scissors:

Install a Toilet Fill Valve: Measure and Cut the Refill Tube

Install a Toilet Fill Valve: Measure and Cut the Refill Tube

The bowl refill tube cut to length and installed on the angle adapter:

Toilet Repair: Refill Tube Attached to the Overflow Tube Angle Adapter

Toilet Repair: Refill Tube Attached to the Overflow Tube Angle Adapter

This toilet repair is concluded in How to Replace a Toilet Fill Valve – Part 5.

Hope this helps,

Bob Jackson

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5 Responses to How to Replace a Toilet Fill Valve – Part 4

  1. Sheila June 24, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    Help I can’t unscrew the winged plastic nut I’ve sprayed ed40 but I can’t turn it still any suggestions

    • Bob Jackson June 24, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

      Try using channel locks for better leverage on the stuck wing nut. You can find them at just about any hardware or home improvement store.

  2. Justin June 28, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

    Howdy Bob Jackson, I’ve got a channel lock except I’m in a very confined space to work with so there’s just not enough room to work with it. I just can’t get that dang winged plastic nut off! Any suggestions?

  3. Justin June 29, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    Howdy! I know my comment got deleted yesterday, but I figured out my issue of not being able to remove my wing nut and thought it might help others if I shared. So, my toilet is in a very tight spot in a small bathroom, so I couldn’t get under it to really see anything. The solution ended up being that the wing nut unscrews clockwise instead of counter-clockwise like most other stuff. Is that typical for a toilet valve?

    • Bob Jackson June 29, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

      Hi Justin,
      Your comment didn’t get deleted, it was in the moderation queue pending approval.

      Every toilet connector hose and fill valve nipple that I’ve seen has right hand threads which follows the “righty tighty – lefty loosey” saying, where turning the nut clockwise screws it on. The fill valve on my toilet clearly has right-hand threads as shown in this photo.

      Glad you got it fixed.

      Bob

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