How to replace a toilet wax ring

How to replace a toilet wax ring

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Replacing a toilet wax ring

If the base of your toilet is leaking it is a good sign the wax ring is disintegrating. This is a very easy fix and most anybody can do it once they are shown how. So let’s show you how easy it is to replace a toilet wax ring.

 

 

Step #1:

First, we will need to shut off the main water, down behind the toilet.  You can see that there’s this valve to turn off. This is the water that’s supplied to the toilet. Turn it off all the way.

 

 

Step #2:

So then we got a flush the toilet to get rid of what’s in the tank. Watch it go down and hold up on the floater in the tank so that way you can see as much of it go down and out as you can.  Then we can, uh, we can suction out the rest of it with a shop vac.

 

Next vacuum out the toilet bowl. You will want to get as much water out as possible so it will be less messy when you remove the toilet.

 

Step #3:

Next, we will disconnect the line. It may leak a little bit that will be normal.

 

Step #4:

Then we will take the caps off at the base of the toilet. They are just a cosmetic cover up for the nut. Pop these off on both sides.  Then I can either take a small pair of pliers or a wrench to take the nut off

You will probably want to save the nuts and caps because it’s trimmed down to size and if you buy new ones, they’ll be really long and may not be able to get that cap back on, so I advice to reuse.

 

Step #5:

Now we’re ready to pull this toilet off.

It should come off nice and easy. Make sure to lift the toilet straight up first to get it up and over the bolts. Okay. Then set the toilet out of the way.  At this point you may want to clean up any water or mess that came out so your not working in muck.

 

 

Step #6:

Wear a pair of disposable gloves to remove the old wax ring.

 

Step #7:

Place the new ring nice and snug where the old one was. You can get these rings at Home Depot, Walmart, even good old Amazon,  pretty much anywhere.

 

 

Step #8:

Inspect under the toilet to make sure it’s not too nasty and debris is on it or it could compromise the seal. If there is junk on the bottom just scrape it off. It doesn’t have to be spotless.

 

Step #9:

Replace the toilet. Make sure to lift the toilet up over the bolts and squared as possible.

 

Step #10:

You should be able to push the toilet down to collapse it. You should feel it. That’s a good thing. If you don’t feel it collapsing the ring then you’re not likely creating a shield. Place the nuts and caps on both sides.

 

 

Step #11:

Now we’re going to put the supply line back on.

 

 

Finishing it all up:

Time to turn it on. It probably leaks a little bit until you open it all the way. As long as it stopped, that’s okay. Crunch down on a little more stop to make sure no water is coming out. You know, to verify that the seal is working properly. The water tank and bowl should fill up. Flush it a few times just to make sure there are no leaks and that’s all there is to it.

 

 If you want to replace your own toilet wax ring and find you are in the middle of it and need some help we now offer virtual handyman assistance.  

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Comments (39)

  • oooooo we had to do this recently! Not for the faint of heart LOL It actually wasn’t that terrible but a guide is for sure helpful to reference! Thank you!!

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  • my fiance loves watching DIY videos so sending this over his way!

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  • Looks like good info. Hope I don’t need to use it anytime soon. 😀

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  • Eww! But necessary sometimes! Lol

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  • I need to do this… I’m going to watch the video and se if I can do this..thank you!

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    • Holly, really the hardest part is picking the toilet straight up over the bolts and working behind the toilet putting the bolts on in tight quarters. Best of luck if you attempt it.

      Karie
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  • Ooohhh no thank you! I imagine many find this very helpful but I can just say…ummm no thanks. I changed a tank once and that took several trips to the hardware store and like 6 tries. This looks worse.

    Cindy
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    • 🙂

      Karie
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  • This will help folks no how to so this simple task and save a lot of money over using a plumber.

    Tricia Snow
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  • I have had to do this a few times! It really isn’t too hard! These instructions will really help people!

    Lisa Manderino
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  • Great lesson! If you can learn to do things like this on your own you can save so much money!

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    • Yes for sure. This is one of the projects I had on my…” teach the kids before they leave list.” Such a simple home maintenance project that saves so much money.

      Karie
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  • This is right up my dad’s alley!

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  • This is great! Love the step-by-step pictures!

  • Yuck! But super helpful haha 🙂

  • Handy tips for replacing a toilet wax ring

    Jennifer
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  • We have had to do this once and it was no fun. Thanks for the step by step.

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  • Easy to follow- thanks for the tips!

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  • Great info! Ill leave it to the hubby to do this 😉

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  • This is a very well written guide! I had no idea there was such a thing as a wax toilet ring!

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  • Great instructional post. I’m sure I won’t be replacing mine, but hubby will find it useful.

    Sandi
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  • We recently learned how important this is when we had a leak! Thanks for sharing.

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  • It’s crazy how the smallest things can fix a really annoying problem. Thank you!

    Charlotte
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  • I am showing this to my husband. Ours needs to be fixed. Thank you.

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  • Ah! We have to do this at my aunts house this week! Sending this to my teenage boys to read!

    Tiffany
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    • Awesome! I hope they find it useful and can understand.

      Karie
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  • I love that you broke it down in steps and did a video! This is the best way for people to truly understand what they are doing! Thank you

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    • Thank you I sure hope it helps people out. It’s a fairly easy project that can save so much money by doing it one’s self.

      Karie
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  • Great step-by-step instructions! I totally feel like I could do this confidently now.

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    • Thank you

      Karie
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  • Great step-by-step tutorial!

    Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life
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  • Yes! I always wanted to know how to replace a toilet wax ring! No, seriously, we are having issues right now with ours and this post is so timely! Thank you thank you thank you!

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    • So welcome! I hope it is helpful. feel free to reach out if you have a quick question or need something clarified. Best of luck.

      Karie
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  • Not that I would ever do it; but it’s nice to know how if I had to.

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    • Haha, yes not the most pleasant thing to think of doing in spare time. 🙂

      Karie
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  • This is great! We need to replace both of our toilets and it is so great that I can now share this with my husband so we can do it ourselves! Thank you for sharing the great info!

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  • This is good info to know. Thanks! It happened once in an apt we rented and was interesting to watch.

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  • My kids were fascinated by this when my husband changed it. I stayed far away – haha!

    Angela
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  • This is great to know! We will have to save this for later, just in case.

    Lisa
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