Replacing a Toilet Wax Gasket Replacing a Toilet Wax Gasket

What You'll Need
New wax ring
Vice grip or pliars

If you have noticed a foul odor and a dark stain around the toilet, the toilet wax gasket on your toilet may need to be replaced. Other warning signs include the toilet rocks back and forth even slightly, or water leaks at the base of the toilet when it's flushed. Replacing the wax gasket is usually an easy to do job.

Step 1: Prepare the Toilet

First, clean the outside of the toilet since you'll be handling it and you won't want to work with a dirty toilet. Then turn off the water supply to the toilet and flush the toilet to remove the water from the tank. Use your plunger to remove the rest of the water in the bowl. Use the vice grip to loosen the bolts that hold the toilet to the floor and pull the toilet straight up off the floor. You may need to wiggle it around a bit to lift it.

Step 2: Working With the Wax Ring

Use the putty knife to scrape off the old wax ring from the under side of the toilet and any wax from the floor. Make sure all the wax is totally removed. Place the new wax ring around the sewer opening and push down. Set the toilet bowl on top of the wax ring, wiggling it slightly and pressing down. Make sure the toilet is aligned for the bolts to fit through the holes before pushing firmly.

Step 3: Finishing

Tighten the bolts firmly but be careful to not crack the base. Turn the water supply back on and flush the toilet twice so the toilet will have the proper amount of water for usage.

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