Am Standard Cadet Tank/Bowl bolts

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by molo, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. molo

    molo Member

    Sep 23, 2006
    Cold New York
    Hello all,

    I am putting the tank on the bowl of an American Standard Cadet. It is not the bolt/washer set-up that I am use to. It has rubber washers under the bolt head inside the tank, and that is it for washers. The 2 bolts go through a hole in the bowl and then a metal washer and nut pull the bowl down.
    1. How do I know when the bowl is tight enough? I don't want to crack the porcelain, but I want to ensure the rubber washer is sealing the tank.

  2. Cass

    Cass Plumber

    Nov 12, 2005
    That comes with experience but most toilets will be tight when the tank just touches the ceramic set points on the bowl.
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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Tighten both bolts down hand tight, then using a wrench, tighten each a turn or so at a time. WHen you get close to getting the tank setting tight, try maybe a 1/2 turn at a time.
  5. molo

    molo Member

    Sep 23, 2006
    Cold New York
    It seems like the system where there is a bolt directly underneath the tank, pulling the rubber gasket tight is better than relying on the one bold underneath the bowl and the stress it causes on the bowl porcelain as it trys to pull down enough on the rubber gasket.
    I suppose you could put a bolt underneath the tank anyway, like most toilets I've seen.
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