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Small leak between tank and bowl, same as the other posters.
on December 5, 2012
Yesterday, I purchased an Eljer Diplomat series toilet and everything seemed fine the first hour. A small leak developed on the handle side between the tank and the bowl. It appeared to be leaking from the tank bolt. Tightening the bolts didn't help much, so I removed the tank from the bowl for inspection. I found an uneven large porcelain lip on the bottom side of the bowl hole (handle side) where the tank nut attaches. That uneven lip was causing the bolt to cock at a small angle and not evenly seat the rubber tank washer. Ok, I grind the lip down so its fairly even. Next, I discard the flimsy plastic washers they give you and use metal washers under the nuts. I put it back together and that stopped the bolt leak.
However, after flushing the toilet several times, I noticed a very small amount of water resting on the bowl top between the tank and bowl. Everything was perfectly dry during reassemble, so this had to be a tiny seal leak between the tank outlet and bowl inlet during flushing only. I take it apart again and inspect the large rubber gasket seal and porcelain seat, and everything looked fine. Just for the heck of it I rotated the gasket 180 degrees and reinstalled the tank. Turned the water on and flushed the toilet several times and still had a tiny leak. I think I finally stopped the leak by over tightening the tank bolts.
Anyway, this has been a very frustrating experience and should not happen with a brand new toilet. I do like the flushing capacity and overall appearance, and that's the only reason why I gave it two stars.
UPDATE: The Eljer is still leaking, so I removed the toilet and brought it back for a refund. I bought a Delta Prelude, and the installation was easy with no leaks.