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1920s 2-Piece Toilet Tank Not Holding Water
I am trying to repair my 1920s-era 2-Piece Toilet, an effort I have been working on over the past two months. So far, I have replaced the Fluidmaster washer and the tank ball after having discovered the existing one (likely original to the tank) was dry-rotted and not holding water in the tank. I even pulled out the plug on the new tank ball and inserted several small pieces of gravel from my driveway in an attempt to make it heavier so it might seat firmly.
However, I am still experiencing a problem with the tank ball apparently not seating properly upon release of the flush handle which is causing water to slowly discharge out of the tank into the bowl and resulting in wasted fresh water as the Fluidmaster kicks on to replenish and top-off the tank water level.
I am attaching several pictures of the toilet and the inside of its tank which I took with most of the tank water flushed-out. I can provide other views upon your request if you would find them helpful. Please offer any guidance you think might help me to resolve this issue. Thank you!