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Old 10-16-2012, 06:52 PM   #1
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I have a toilet that can be moved easily side to side at least two inches. I assume the bolts are broken probably rusted. There is just one toilet in the house. Before I attempt this repair what can I expect to find once I move the toilet? Could this be beyond my ability as a diyer? I have a new wax seal and repair kit for the sewer flange(?).The house was built in the 60's but I think someone worked on this toilet about 4 years ago.

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it should not be beyond your capabilities, Just remember to move slowly, and to not overtighten the bolts when you put the stool back on. If the bolts are broken, you may need a small screwdriver and needle nose pliers to get all the parts back out of the flange. Good luck.

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Thanks merle, so I will carefully remove the toilet, asses the situation and feel confident that I won't have to leave the occupant without a toilet till a plumber can get there.
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Be prepared to rebuild the flange.....
It's probably cast iron and broken.
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you just can't prepare for every contingencies so before starting, I would:

1. Contact few local plumbing supply stores and pick one with a well stocked store with most friendly counter person;

2. Start the project early so you will have enough time to go out and get necessary parts to finish your project before the plumbing store closes;

3. *NOT* reply on large box retailers to stock your part(s).

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The bolts probably cracked the flange. You will need to replace the flange or get a flange repair kit.
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may have floor damage as well.. e.g. wood rot due to leak around toilet flange ...be prepared...might have to do temporary repair then return and have to tear out part of the floor to renew it..hopefully not.!! Good luck!!
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The repair is on hold till sometime next week. The person using it is cautioned to sit gently... I should find some videos to familiarize myself what I might find when I move the toilet.
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The repair is on hold till sometime next week. The person using it is cautioned to sit gently... I should find some videos to familiarize myself what I might find when I move the toilet.
You'll also find a lot of threads here addressing similar problems. Try the search function too
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Yes, this. Just happened at my parents' house. They had a pro come in and fix the floor, flange, and plumbing. I got to repair the drywall ceiling below where the plumbers opened up a working hole.

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