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Old 09-21-2011, 05:35 PM   #1
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I had new flooring put in my bathroom.. the toilet was removed and put back on. Since this the toilet is not flushing well. It fills up, then drains slowly and clogs easy. Was it reinstalled improperly? Should I get a plumber, or is there some tips/tricks I can do?

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When I install tile in bathrooms of remodels and the toilet is removed for a few days I always stuff a rag down the hole to keep the sewer gasses at bay.

Does that give you any ideas?

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Another common cause---the wax ring shifted during installation---or to large of a ring was used --partly blocking the hole--
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I don't think I have the 'ball cock' (bad joke) to lift the toilet. Is there much to it.. besides making sure I shut the water off
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I don't think I have the 'ball cock' (bad joke) to lift the toilet. Is there much to it.. besides making sure I shut the water off
Yow I'd say bad joke!!!

There should be two nuts on the pedestal (now there I go) and the water supply connection. That should be it.

Once everything is loose (known a few of those too) and the dribbles have stopped, h-m-m-m then you can open the lid and straddle the port, reach in and grab the edge and lift straight up. DON'T tilt it backwards whatever you do.

There's more jokes there but I'm thinking we are into the Family Hour by now.
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Vacuum out all the water first--or use a sponge--

Have a piece of cardboard to set the toilet on as the wax ring might be stuck to the bottom of the stool.
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Vacuum out all the water first--or use a sponge--

Have a piece of cardboard to set the toilet on as the wax ring might be stuck to the bottom of the stool.
Reminds me of an incident a couple months ago.....I'm under the house 're-routing' the main sewer....I had to install a footing under the bathroom wall....same wall the sewer ran under....ok...not a big deal....move it over a couple of feet....turned off the water....told the kids...."Bathroom is out of order...you will have to water the grass"......turned off the water...flushed the toilet....got under the house...cut the sewer out (toilet just has a stub sticking down about 6")....while under there I hear foot steps....a few min later I hear an 'attempt' to flush the toilet.....a 'small' amount of water comes out of the toilet and on me....I yell up...my #2 son (7 years old) says "I'm sorry dad, I forgot".

Ok....no big deal...it was most likely just water that came out........a couple of hours later I go up to move the toilet so I can redo the flange.....get into position just as Bud describes....lift the lid....and there is a 'log' in there.....the kid took a dump.....

I guess my rant after that to him has scared him for life.....everytime he goes to the bathroom now I get "Daddy, are you working on the plumbing?"
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whammo... popped toilet off and it was plugged with ..... old old old 'stuff'

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