How do you tell if a toilet is properly seated

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Ultraglide, Jun 19, 2004.

  1. Ultraglide

    Ultraglide Guest

    I had to take out the toilet in one of my bathroomw so that we could
    wallpaper the wall behind it. When I replaced it, I put a new seal.
    Lately, I have noticed that the grout in the ceramic floor is getting
    damp and spreading away from the toilet. There is also what appears to
    be a stain on the floor at the back. I am assuming that the toilet is
    not properly sealed to the drain. I don't recall if I just used one of
    the rings made just of beeswax or one with a plactic ring and beeswax.
    How do I know when it is correctly sealed? There are no apparent cracks
    in the toilet itself.

    Any suggestions?
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    Ultraglide, Jun 19, 2004
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  2. Ultraglide

    DanG Guest

    If it is showing water anywhere at the base, it is not properly
    sealed. It is not rare to need 2 wax rings. I usually buy the
    one with the plastic sleeve and one plain one. If the floor
    flange is at or below the floor level, I start right out with 2.
    If it is slightly above the floor level, I try it with 1.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Keep the whole world singing. . . .
    DanG


    "Ultraglide" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I had to take out the toilet in one of my bathroomw so that we

    could
    > wallpaper the wall behind it. When I replaced it, I put a new

    seal.
    > Lately, I have noticed that the grout in the ceramic floor is

    getting
    > damp and spreading away from the toilet. There is also what

    appears to
    > be a stain on the floor at the back. I am assuming that the

    toilet is
    > not properly sealed to the drain. I don't recall if I just used

    one of
    > the rings made just of beeswax or one with a plactic ring and

    beeswax.
    > How do I know when it is correctly sealed? There are no

    apparent cracks
    > in the toilet itself.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    > Take out the trash to reply
     
    DanG, Jun 19, 2004
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  3. Ultraglide

    Ultraglide Guest

    Thanks, that's what I wanted to know, whether to use more than one wax
    seal. I realized after the original post, that they don't use beeswax
    anymore.

    DanG wrote:
    >
    > If it is showing water anywhere at the base, it is not properly
    > sealed. It is not rare to need 2 wax rings. I usually buy the
    > one with the plastic sleeve and one plain one. If the floor
    > flange is at or below the floor level, I start right out with 2.
    > If it is slightly above the floor level, I try it with 1.
    >
    > ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    > Keep the whole world singing. . . .
    > DanG
    >
    > "Ultraglide" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > I had to take out the toilet in one of my bathroomw so that we

    > could
    > > wallpaper the wall behind it. When I replaced it, I put a new

    > seal.
    > > Lately, I have noticed that the grout in the ceramic floor is

    > getting
    > > damp and spreading away from the toilet. There is also what

    > appears to
    > > be a stain on the floor at the back. I am assuming that the

    > toilet is
    > > not properly sealed to the drain. I don't recall if I just used

    > one of
    > > the rings made just of beeswax or one with a plactic ring and

    > beeswax.
    > > How do I know when it is correctly sealed? There are no

    > apparent cracks
    > > in the toilet itself.
    > >
    > > Any suggestions?
    > > Take out the trash to reply


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    Ultraglide, Jun 20, 2004
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  4. Ultraglide

    RB Guest

    Ah, beeswax. Those were the good old days. Now it comes from an oil
    well unless you have a hive in your pasture.

    I'm looking at Fernco's toilet seal for a new bath I'm putting in. It
    looks like the best solution and HD carries Fernco.

    http://www.fernco.com/FTS.html

    RB

    Ultraglide wrote:
    > I had to take out the toilet in one of my bathroomw so that we could
    > wallpaper the wall behind it. When I replaced it, I put a new seal.
    > Lately, I have noticed that the grout in the ceramic floor is getting
    > damp and spreading away from the toilet. There is also what appears to
    > be a stain on the floor at the back. I am assuming that the toilet is
    > not properly sealed to the drain. I don't recall if I just used one of
    > the rings made just of beeswax or one with a plactic ring and beeswax.
    > How do I know when it is correctly sealed? There are no apparent cracks
    > in the toilet itself.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    > Take out the trash to reply
     
    RB, Jun 20, 2004
    #4
  5. Ultraglide

    Adiabatic Guest

    The top of the flange should be level (or near to) with the finished
    floor. If it is lower then get a spacer ring that goes between the
    flange and the sealant ring.

    On Sat, 19 Jun 2004 17:27:42 -0400, Ultraglide
    <> wrote:

    >I had to take out the toilet in one of my bathroomw so that we could
    >wallpaper the wall behind it. When I replaced it, I put a new seal.
    >Lately, I have noticed that the grout in the ceramic floor is getting
    >damp and spreading away from the toilet. There is also what appears to
    >be a stain on the floor at the back. I am assuming that the toilet is
    >not properly sealed to the drain. I don't recall if I just used one of
    >the rings made just of beeswax or one with a plactic ring and beeswax.
    >How do I know when it is correctly sealed? There are no apparent cracks
    >in the toilet itself.
    >
    >Any suggestions?
    >Take out the trash to reply
     
    Adiabatic, Jun 22, 2004
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