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Old 01-28-2009, 07:46 AM   #1
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Tightening toilet to floor?

I installed my first toilet last night, and am a little paranoid about the bolts. The floor was not level, so I ended up having to shim on side of the toilet by about 1/4". I bolted the toilet tight to the floor, trying to be careful not to go too tight while at the same time trying to get the toilet level, and didn't hear any cracks. It was pretty snug, but I wasn't having to crank the wrench hard to turn the bolt.

My question is, if the toilet didn't crack last night, what chance is there that the bolts may still be too tight and could crack later? I may just be paranoid, but I just wanted to see if I should consider loosening them back a little.



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Old 01-28-2009, 08:12 AM   #2
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Your bolts only have to be tight enough to hold the toilet down and keep it from shifting or wobbling on the shims and compromising the wax ring seal. Just use lots of shims and get support under all areas of the toilet that don't contact the floor. The toilet is pretty darn tough and you can snug them down pretty good without breaking the toilet. Tight, not too tight!


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I HOPE you sat on it in normal fashion,,,and squissed the wax ring down to normal height??( I wiggle around a bit. If so it should remain tight,,if not it will be loose so sit on it and retighten. may not be by the book,,but its how I do it!!
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Oh yeah, I definitely used a good number of shims and sat on it and moved around a bit while sitting. It seems pretty secure. I was just wondering what the risk is of cracking after the fact.
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