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How to fix a running toilet

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Don't you just hate it when a broken toilet won't stop running? It can really drive you crazy! Well, don't pay a plumber to come out and fix it. Our home improvement expert, Dailyn Matthews, explains how to do the job yourself.

"If your toilet is running constantly or even intermittently, you may need a new toilet flapper. But wait, don't call the plumber or a handyman. You can do this. No tools required, five minutes, and five bucks," says Dailyn.

First, take the lid off. You don't want to put it on top of the toilet or lean it up against something, because it may fall, and if it breaks, it's going to cost you a lot of money. Lay it flat on the floor.  

Don't worry about getting your hands wet. This water is the same water that comes out of your faucet. Look into the tank and check out the chain. If it's too long or too short or it's kinked, all you have to do is adjust the chain, and you're done.

But often times, the flapper is worn out and not sealing properly. If that's the case, you have to change out the flapper.

First, turn off the water. Unclip the chain. Then, down by where the flapper is attached, there are two little tabs. Just lift them off very easily -- don't throw the old one away. You can see exactly where the clip is attached on the old chain, and adjust the new clip to the exact same spot. 

Now you put the lid back on.

"The repair took me less than five minutes, and saved me approximately $50 on a handyman repair call. So remember, if I can do it, you can do it," Dailyn adds.

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