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Old 05-27-2010, 03:27 PM   #1
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I just re-installed my toilet (original) after a re-tile. The toilet now takes a while to drain after a flush. The only change to the toilet is I switched to a Fluidmaster wax-free toilet bowl gasket. Now would this be an issue with the toilet or the drain? Also, if I need to pick the toilet back up what is the best way to drain any residual water in the toilet so that there isn't water everywhere?

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I just re-installed my toilet (original) after a re-tile. The toilet now takes a while to drain after a flush. The only change to the toilet is I switched to a Fluidmaster wax-free toilet bowl gasket. Now would this be an issue with the toilet or the drain? Also, if I need to pick the toilet back up what is the best way to drain any residual water in the toilet so that there isn't water everywhere?
A) During the tileing, did any material get into your pipe?
B) I would go back to a horned wax ring.
C) Use a "Good to the Last Drop" toilet sucker to remove all the water.

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A) During the tileing, did any material get into your pipe?
B) I would go back to a horned wax ring.
C) Use a "Good to the Last Drop" toilet sucker to remove all the water.

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a) No. I kept this hole plugged and checked it prior to re-install.
b) Do you really think a wax-less ring would cause the toilet to drain slowly?
c) ???
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Did something perhaps shift or move in the tank preventing the flapper from lifting the entire way?
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Did something perhaps shift or move in the tank preventing the flapper from lifting the entire way?
No, everything looks good there. I'm kind of baffled. Oh, one more piece of information, this is a basement level bathroom.
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Are you sure that the wax ring didn't shift and is blocking the drain?
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Well, I installed a standard size wax ring and now I don't have an issue with the toilet not flushing slow but that is probably because all the water spills out onto my floor from under the toilet. Any suggestions?
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The standard ring must be to thin. Did you feel the seal compressing while you installed the toilet. You need a thicker ring or a spacer with a ring.
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The standard ring must be to thin. Did you feel the seal compressing while you installed the toilet. You need a thicker ring or a spacer with a ring.

No. A little but not that much. How hard should I need to push down to compress the wax ring?
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No. A little but not that much. How hard should I need to push down to compress the wax ring?
To put things into perspective, in a typical installation the floor flange is on top of the floor and the bolts fit into this thing. The wax ring is mounted to the toilet outlet before setting the toilet. The bolts help keep things in alignment and the wax ring will hold the toilet off the floor about 1/4" or so. The toilet is rocked and wiggled to compress the ring. Don't use the bolts to pull the base down.
Now, since you re-tiled how far below the tile surface it the flange? What ever it is, the space will need to be filled by the wax ring. You can use one flange ring and one plain ring that is trimmed down some to help fill the space. You can buy an extra thick ring too.
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I put a Jumbo ring on and the toilet works great now...thanks for all of your help!
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When the poop leaves the house correctly,....priceless.

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