06:52PM | 06/13/05
Member Since: 06/12/05
1 lifetime posts
If installed correctly with normal wear and tear how long should it hold?

-A plumber installed on 7-8 weeks ago and the toilet is rocking. He said he might have to charge me because of "use".

That seems unreasonable to me. Our primary toilet has had its seal for well on 5 years and it has no problems. Am I right or am I lucky with the other toilet? – “Cause dang that’s gonna get expensive!”


08:28AM | 06/14/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
558 lifetime posts
The wax ring only seals the toilet to the closet bend (sewer). Rocking is caused by an unlevel floor, or the toilet not being fully seated on the ring. This sometimes happens if the ring is cool when installed and not enough weight is used to seat it. The easiest solution is to buy small plastic wedges used to level the toilet and remove rocking. They only cost a couple dollars at any hardware or home improvement store in the same section where valves, flappers and other toilet parts are sold. Just lightly drive the wedges under the corners until the unit is level and does not rock, then trim. You can also use caulk, but I don't like this as it can trap moisture and hide bigger problems. Also can be very hard to remove a toilet that has been sealed to the floor.


12:34PM | 08/24/13
We have ceramic tile in our bathroom, which has been down for about 7 years. The toilet has a very slight "wobble". What is really bothering me is the urine odor that i can't seem to clean away. Is the problem more likely in the grout around the toilet? Or could it be that the seal isn't good & urine has gotten down into the seal causing mal odor?


06:40PM | 08/28/13
Member Since: 01/24/06
1449 lifetime posts
Hercules makes a wax gasket with a plastic horn that fits into the waste pipe . Check with local codes as some will not allow it ( like anyone is going to check)

The plumber when installing a wax ring is it their responsibility to level an uneven toilet either with plaster or Paris or non absorbent materials such as shims or non ferrous washers

Normally a wax ring when properly installed will last over 20 years.. ALWAYS ask to see the master plumbers license from those doing the actual work as the license is for your protection or the very least ask to see some type of journeymen card



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