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  1. Ladd2

    Fluidmaster 5403 Flapper: Any difference between red or green unit?

    No, I didn't cut the chain. Removed from the package, the clip was attached to one of the chain links a couple of inches from the end of the chain. I just moved the clip three links closer to the flapper to shorten the distance from the clip to the flapper. As an aside, I was pleased to see...
  2. Ladd2

    Fluidmaster 5403 Flapper: Any difference between red or green unit?

    Using your definitions, I have achieved "working flush" Nirvana. No more "misfires". Certainly no need to empty the tank; most of the water there is simply to apply pressure.
  3. Ladd2

    Fluidmaster 5403 Flapper: Any difference between red or green unit?

    I did read the chain length blurb, but it was not clear to me what it meant exactly. Was the 4.45" just for the length of the chain or did that length also include the hook that attaches the chain to the lever? So, I did what I usually do: install the unit, then adjust the length of the chain...
  4. Ladd2

    Fluidmaster 5403 Flapper: Any difference between red or green unit?

    OK, I understand. The Toto replacement Universal flapper has some points against it. The identical flapper to the one in my Drake is OK. FWIW: before reading your message, I had ordered a Fluidmaster 5403 off of eBay for $9.45 shipping included. It was listed as "open box" and the photo was of...
  5. Ladd2

    Fluidmaster 5403 Flapper: Any difference between red or green unit?

    Thank you for your suggestion. I note from Toto's website, that the original model flapper for the Drake toilet (THU331S) has been discontinued and replaced by a newer model with a different design (THU499S). Perhaps it was to improve longevity or performance, perhaps it was for cost reasons. I...
  6. Ladd2

    Fluidmaster 5403 Flapper: Any difference between red or green unit?

    I'm considering purchasing a replacement flapper for my Toto Drake, purchased in 2013. The Fluidmaster 5403 is recommended on these boards and I see that it appears to come with red plastic or green plastic. The Fluidmaster web site shows it in red plastic, as does Home Depot. Walmart shows it...
  7. Ladd2

    Anode Rod Aluminum broken in two; can't get rod out of tank!

    I have never had the sulfur smell with my current tank. If magnesium rods are prone to growing the bacteria that gives me the sulfur smell, I'm sure I'll know when it happens and I'll stop using a magnesium even though they offer better protection. FWIW, I normally keep the tank at 120° with a...
  8. Ladd2

    Anode Rod Aluminum broken in two; can't get rod out of tank!

    Thanks for offering advice! I am on well water that is quite acidic, hence the acid neutralizer to take care of the acid problem and the water softener to take care of the resulting hard water. I like your out of the box thinking and "get a bigger hammer" approach to forcefully pulling the rod...
  9. Ladd2

    Anode Rod Aluminum broken in two; can't get rod out of tank!

    I have a Whirlpool 50 Gallon tank purchased three years ago from Lowes. Given that we have an acid neutralizer and a water softener upstream of the hot water tank, this morning I went to pull the factory aluminum anode rod, inspect it and replace it with a new magnesium one. Unfortunately for me...
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