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Old 11-03-2015, 08:28 PM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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I know this could be in the Home forum but I've seen this issue twice recently and after talking with plumbers it happens frequently so I figured it'd be a good thing to put in this forum.

If you have plastic nuts connecting the water supply lines to your toilets I HIGHLY suggest you replace the lines with metal connectors.
In the last month I've had to do water damage rehab to two homes, this last one is upwards of $20k. It broke and ran all weekend flooding the house. The first one broke while I happened to be working on something else and I caught it before it did too much damage.

Turns out those plastic connectors (nuts) get brittle in AZ and just fail and BAM you've got a geyser on your hands.
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Old 11-03-2015, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Phoenix AZ
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Old 11-03-2015, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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I've lived here since 1963 and have never had that nut problem. The only toilet items replaced have been 2 wax rings in 2 separate toilets and a couple of flappers.
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Old 11-04-2015, 05:59 AM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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I've lived here since 1963 and have never had that nut problem. The only toilet items replaced have been 2 wax rings in 2 separate toilets and a couple of flappers.
Could be when your home was built? The two homes I've dealt with were built in the last 15 years or so.

Maybe it's the (cheap) products the builders used since 2000?
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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If there is a higher rate of failure of the plastic fasteners I suspect it has to do with improper installation rather than desert air. They may be over-tightened putting too much stress on them and they fail over time.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:07 AM
 
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If there is a higher rate of failure of the plastic fasteners I suspect it has to do with improper installation rather than desert air. They may be over-tightened putting too much stress on them and they fail over time.
It also has a lot to do with water quality. Our water can chip away at most cheap plastics and metals over time.
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