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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.
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.
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.
Next, we will disconnect the line. It may leak a little bit that will be normal.
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.
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.
Wear a pair of disposable gloves to remove the old wax ring.
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.
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.
Replace the toilet. Make sure to lift the toilet up over the bolts and squared as possible.
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.
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.
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