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Old 03-09-2013, 04:39 PM   #1
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Just noticed my toilet is loose at the base and has a slow leak where it meets the floor. On the side it's leaking on, the bolt doesn't seem to be threaded into anything. Tightening the bolt backs the bolt out, it can be pulled up but must have a washer beneath the toilet as it can't be pulled out. Pushing it down doesn't seem to put it into anything. Hope that's descriptive enough!

I'm think I'll need to pull the toilet up and replace the base it should attach to and the rubber gasket. Sound about right?

Is there anything I need to do to the wood that the water has been leaking onto?

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Old 03-09-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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sounds like you need to pull the toilet and replace the wax ring and the bolts. if on side isn't holding anything its possible that the flange is broken on that side. remove the toilet and post pictures.

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It will look similar to this


Bolts look like this
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:04 PM   #4
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Its usually a lot more involved than what you describe.

Turn off the supply and flush the toilet, then sop up the water in the tank and squeeze it into the sink or tub. Do the same with the bowl. Disconnect the supply tube at the tank (Channel Locks.)

The hold down bolts will probably have to be held with vice grips, and cut off with a right angle grinder with metal blade or sawsall. You may get lucky though, it happens from time to time, and the nuts will back off.

If the leak has been on going, the sub floor may be rotten, and may need to be replaced.

Make sure you have a test plug or a rag handy to stuff into the pipe once you get the bowl off, so you don't have to smell sewer gas, then post a picture of what you find. Its OK to scrape the wax off the existing flange and dispose of it. It wont be pretty. Use a putty knife and paper towels. and rubber gloves if you want.
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Most times setting a toilet with a new wax ring is a fairly simple task----for a plumber --30 minutes--

Other times a broken flange caused the bolts to come loose---replacing the flange can add a lot of time to the job----and some floor damage may have resulted---

ao figure about 30 minutes to 1/2 a day
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Alright, pulled the toilet off and from the flange picture posted earlier I figured what might be the cause. The bolt had popped out of the flange, from the wider hole you put it in through. If my terrible description makes sense. Anyway, place toilet back on bolts and tighten down. All was well, toilet doesn't move. Few test flushes, no leaks. Will watch over the next few days.

The bathroom had been a recent reno, so the wax and seal were fresh, no smell!
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I would have tossed another wax ring on there just to be safe
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Its amazing how I had such a different picture in my mind than what he had. He never mentioned that he just renovated the bathroom, and the toilet is now loose. I pictured a rotted floor, seized bolts etc. etc. I guess that only happens to me.
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Its amazing how I had such a different picture in my mind than what he had. He never mentioned that he just renovated the bathroom, and the toilet is now loose. I pictured a rotted floor, seized bolts etc. etc. I guess that only happens to me.
I pulled the whole flange up once changing the wax ring once...t'was a loooong day....Cast iron flange
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Its amazing how I had such a different picture in my mind than what he had. He never mentioned that he just renovated the bathroom, and the toilet is now loose. I pictured a rotted floor, seized bolts etc. etc. I guess that only happens to me.
Lol, yeah I saw your post and was like, "woah."

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