unstable toilet

Old 03-03-01, 09:33 AM
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I recently fell on our toilet and at 7 months pregnant brought alot of weight down with me. Well, the toilet now is moveable and unstable. We are preparing to make a move and need to fix this. What did I break? (there is no leaking). How can I fix it? How do I get all the water out of the tank and bowl if a have to move the toilet to repair it?
Old 03-03-01, 11:20 AM
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You probably have to remove the toilet, replace the wax ring and toilet bolts, and shim the toilet level before snugging the base bolts back down to the floor flange and floor.
It's not difficult at all.
Get a new wax ring and set of two new toilet bolts.
Cut off the water supply valve to the toilet (or the main supply cut-off if it doesn't have its own cut-off), and flush it.
Sponge out the remaining water in the bowl and tank into a nearby drain.
Disconnect the supply line at the cut-off valve, and remove the nuts and washers off of the old bolts.
Carefully turn the toilet over (porcelain breaks easily) onto a pile of old towels or carpet scrap.
Scrape off the old wax ring from the toilet base and flange.
Use the old nuts on the new bolts to hold them upright in place in the flange.
Install new wax ring on flange.
Replace toilet, and sit or stand on it to wiggle it back down on the wax ring.
Use level across the bowl to level it. Used beveled cedar shingles strips or plastic beveled shims made for the purpose to level toilet on the floor.
Snug the new nuts and washers down on toilet base, but do not over-tighten, as it may crack the base.
Caulk around the base at the floor with tub & tile caulk.
Good Luck!


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