Unknown rubber washer with my Drake II (see pic)

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by MandK, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. MandK

    MandK New Member

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    Hi Again,

    This came with my Drake II, but have no idea what it's for and it's not shown in the parts list. Only (1) was included.

    Has anyone seen this?


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  2. Hackney plumbing

    Hackney plumbing Homeowner

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    Thats a cone washer for the water line connection to the ballcock. You dont need it if you use the ugly stainless braided supply line.
  3. MandK

    MandK New Member

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    OK. Thanks.

    I'm using braided because I had one in the garage. What does a good looking supply line look like?
  4. Hackney plumbing

    Hackney plumbing Homeowner

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    Plated copper tube bent with a bender.
  5. Spacepod

    Spacepod New Member

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    I noticed this too. Had this washer leftover but I am using a new stainless braided supply line (which I think looks great). :)
  6. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I think most manufacturers include the rubber washer in case a solid riser is being used.
    I used to use a lot of the closet risers with the flat end; those wouldn't use the washer. I find that a flexible supply line is a bit quieter on the refill. It seems to isolate the vibration. And I'm all about keeping things quiet.

    The washer is nice though if you're using solid tubing without the end.
  7. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    Obviously there are differences in opinion about solid tubing and flex tubing. It appears the flex tubing with the braided stainless steel mesh is preferred by most, especially DIY.
  8. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    A solid line probably is better, but it does take more skill and time. In many installations, it's hard to see the silly thing, and a flex hose will take an occasional knock from a broom or mop probably better than a solid connection, but it would have to be fairly hard.
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