Broke my fill valve where it meets the float ball arm

Help Support Plumbing Forums:

brooklynite

New Member
Joined
Mar 4, 2020
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Location
NYC
While attempting to install a T-valve onto the base of my toilet for a bidet, I kept getting a leak at the join. No matter how much I tightened, it was still leaking. So I turned and turned and turned and--SNAP. The plastic piece of the fill valve connecting it to the float ball arm snapped, and my float ball is now sitting on the bottom of my empty tank.

Is installing a new fill valve a beginner-level project? Do brands and models matter, or will just about any make and style of valve work in my toilet (made by Porcher)?
 

Helper Dave

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 11, 2019
Messages
58
Reaction score
15
Location
Wisconsin
The standard Fluidmaster fill valve should fit most Porchers. You might want to double check your model and its replacement parts online.

They're easy enough to switch out. Just the one connection, make sure it's set for an appropriate height for your tank (before you get it set in), and have the fill hose in the right spot.

You shouldn't have to crank anything overly tight to it, though. Did that tee have the right washer for a direct connection (flat-topped cone shape, like should be at the end of your water supply line, too). Without a washer, it'll never not leak.
 

breplum

Professional
Professional
Joined
Nov 14, 2017
Messages
526
Reaction score
173
Location
Lafayette, CA
Try watching youtube for ballcock replacements.
If Fluidmaster doesn't fit, the Korky fill valve often fits where it is too tight.
Only buy a fill valve that has the adjustable mechanism for the refill tube: Korky QuietFill Platinum or Flluidmaster with adjustment on the fill tube.
It can be easy work for a plumber or even a handyperson who has experience.
Though, Porcher ....remains to be seen.
 
Top