How To Replace A Toilet Wax Ring

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Steps for Installation

First things first, buy the new wax ring. The cost will be less than $5 for most models. Make sure it has a plastic flange, which helps prevents waste from seeping into the floor.

Here are the steps to install the new toilet wax ring:

  1. Turn off the water supply.
  2. Flush the toilet and hold the handle down to empty as much water as possible from the tank.
  3. Use some rags to soak up the remaining water in the bottom of the tank.
  4. To get rid of some of the water still in the bowl, dump in a large bucket of water to create a flush.
  5. Disconnect the supply hose from the bottom of the tank. A little bit of the water still in the tank may drip out.
  6. Take the caps off the base bolts and remove the nut and washer.
  7. While keeping the toilet balanced and stable, move it to the side. Keep in mind there is still some water in the bowl and toilets can be very heavy. Get a partner to help, if needed.
  8. Clean the gross ring that has accumulated around the perimeter of the base and another other gunk in the middle.
  9. Remove the old toilet wax ring and flange with a putty knife or screw driver. Clean off the big bits but don’t fret over getting it all.
  10. Install the new wax ring and ensure it is fully seated by pushing it in on the flange.
  11. Put the toilet back in place carefully and be sure to line it up before pressing it into the wax. Keeping adding pressure until the toilet has compressed the wax and is stable.
  12. All that is left to do is put everything back in place, including: base bolts, supply hose, and open the water supply.

As a side note, it is a good time to replace any plastic or degrading water supply hoses with the braided steel models. They cost a little bit more but are a much better fail safe.

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