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Old 02-20-2010, 09:45 AM   #1
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I just noticed that the toilet rocks and that the bolt that holds toilet to the flange has come loose.

When I go to remove toilet and reset, do I need to replace the wax ring?

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I just noticed that the toilet rocks and that the bolt that holds toilet to the flange has come loose.

When I go to remove toilet and reset, do I need to replace the wax ring?
Yes.

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Old 02-20-2010, 10:59 AM   #3
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I'd say yes to the wax ring. Whenever you disturb something around the tiolet, the seal isn't true any more. It may be fine, but for the coct of the wax ring, it is better to be safe than sorry. Also, when you have the tiolet off, check the wood and the bolts that hold the tiolet in place. Replace them if needed.
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Do a test fit of the toilet without the wax ring to be sure the rocking problem is fully corrected.

Otherwise the new wax ring could become deformed and no longer work.
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When ever I remove and replace a toilet I always replace the nuts, bolts, washers, wax ring. The cost is so minimal and the result is well worth it. Believe me.
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Though usually, it might make sense to purchase the wax ring and flange bolts before you remove the commode, it might be better to remove the toilet first and inspect the flange. It is quite possible that you have a broken pvc flange, hence the loose flange bolt. I'd take a look first to save yourself another trip to the hardware store to buy a new flange or flange repair kit.
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Though usually, it might make sense to purchase the wax ring and flange bolts before you remove the commode, it might be better to remove the toilet first and inspect the flange. It is quite possible that you have a broken pvc flange, hence the loose flange bolt. I'd take a look first to save yourself another trip to the hardware store to buy a new flange or flange repair kit.
Good point, however in my answer I didn't say when before or after I just said I always buy new for re installation. I' ve even had a spare set on the shelf at times they are so cheap and worth it. Keep it simple.
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Good point, however in my answer I didn't say when before or after I just said I always buy new for re installation. I' ve even had a spare set on the shelf at times they are so cheap and worth it. Keep it simple.
I wasn't trying to correct your post, but to point out that he may well have a damaged flange. I agree it is good to keep spares of many parts on hand, but my better half would probably just write that off to me being a bit of a packrat!

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