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steps to replacing wax bowl ring

how do I replace the wax bowl ring?

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bruce, turn the water to the toilet off. Flush the toilet to empty the tank. Use a toilet plunger to remove the last water from the toilet. Disconnect the water supply hose from the supply line. Place a small container or a few towels under it to just make sure it is not dripping and getting your floor wet. Remove the two hold down nuts on either side of the commode. Once removed, the toilet should be loose and can be removed. Make sure that you have someone to help you, since the tank is probably still attached. It's not very heavy, just kind of wobbly. You would not want to break the tank. Lay the toilet on its side. You should now see the flange on the floor and the toilet bottom. The old wax ring should be on the bottom of the toilet. Remove it and clean both the flange, and the bottom of the toilet. YOu can use a putty knife or similar to remove the old ring. Once clean, place the new ring on the bottom of the toilet. Install the toilet in reverse order. I replace the two hold down screws as well since they do have a tendency of getting rusty and it will make it easier to reinstall. This should be about all....:-) Hope it helps. If you are more of a visual person, here isa video that will show you how as well. Good Luck.

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+ really excellent answer

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I'm just happy if the stuff doesn't run out onto the floor ;-)

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That was a great answer, oldturkey03.

I'd just mention that once you pull that toilet up, the sewage pipe is going to stink to high heck so you might want to open the window in the bathroom if you have one. Sounds obvious, I know, but sometimes a reminder is helpful.

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You know what would go really well with this? A guide… :]

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Got a BR reno coming up:). You sure I should make a guide on that ;-)?

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I suggest that you use a level to make sure the water will run through the holes properly. This will prevent some mildew and noncleaning around the bowl. Water will swirl properly in the bowl. `1It will help prevent water splash, too.

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The Fernco seal pictured at http://www.fernco.com/plumbing/wax-free-... looks exactly like the one I used in one of my rentals three years ago. It worked fine until the bowl had to be replaced because of a broken tank a year later. When I tried to lift the bowl with the wax-free Fernco seal on it, the "flexible ribs" were caught under an internal lip of the floor flange. Because the flange wasn't properly mounted to the subfloor, and the drain line was ABS (black) plastic, when I tried to lift the bowl the drain line flexed and allowed the flange to be lifted.

To free the bowl, it was necessary to lift the bowl (and the flange and drain pipe with it) high enough to get 1-inch wood blocks under the bowl at several places. Then it was possible to use an old carpenter's saw to cut through the Fernco seal sleeve and free the bowl

The Fernco seal looks like a "better" idea, but I did not use another one. When I installed a new bowl I used an "old style " wax gasket.

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You don't need a wax ring anymore.There is now a self sticking plastic flange available which you can stick to the toilet after you have cleaned up(with thinners)the old mess.The flange easy slips into the pipe in your floor and the toilet can also be removed again without breaking it.This will last forever.Welcome to the 21st century.In Europe they don't even know anymore what wax rings are...

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The Fenco seal was the one I was using on my last 3 toilets.Good luck!!!

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Horst, are you calling us old:-) Do you have link to one of those. Sure would like to check it out before I remodel my next bathroom....

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That looks good :-) I'll give it a try within the next few weeks and let you know how it goes :-)

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