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Old 06-03-2012, 12:14 AM   #1
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I'm replacing a toilet and when I reached removed Wax Ring, I tried to remove the mounting bolts, you know slide them along the track. The first bolt wouldn't move. I grabbed some pliers and tried to unscrew bolt, after clearing more wax off of the closet flange, I noticed that someone had soldered both mounting bolts to the closet flange.

Would someone please tell me why someone would do this? Sure enough one of the bolts is corroded badly. Trying to figure out how to remove the bolts.

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Old 06-03-2012, 06:07 AM   #2
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Carefully heat the bolts with a torch---wax is flammable so protect the floor well--spattering wax will make a mess of your finished floor--

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Old 06-03-2012, 06:20 AM   #3
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Thanks...the good thing is that the floor stained cement.

Do you have an idea of why someone would solder the nut. In two of the bathrooms the nuts are corroded bad, also the washer and base cap disintegrated. I'm trying to understand why one would solder nuts in place if the bolts would corrode.
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:26 AM   #4
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If you hang out here for a while,you will understand that a certain type of person always has to invent a new and clever way of making a simple job complicated--

Just be glad you don't have that fellow helping you---imagine what other goofy 'improvements' he could think of!
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Another thought----Sawsall with a hacksaw blade will have that gone quickly without flame---
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Goofy is right. Once I realized what happened, first thought....why because the bolt will not last forever. Also, if a good idea to solder in place, then wax ring wouldn't come with mounting bolts.

Too late, I've already discovered goofy improvements in this house across the board in this house.
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I've just spent a week fixing a new basement remodel---the work was so bad---burn the house down dangerous bad---

Be glad you didn't buy that house!
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Another related question:

I'm putting in a new toilet and when I was turning off the water supply valve, some water squirted out of valve (1986) so I want to replace the toilets water supply valve.

Question, which valve would you recommend for my toilet water supply valve, a multi turn valve or a 1/4 turn valve? I'm leaning toward 1/4 but I want input for you all that have more experience.

The current valve is sweated on, so I will replace the new valve with a sweated valve.
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1/4 turn---Brass craft---Home Depot---stay away from the ones at Lowes and Menards---I've had failures with those junkers ---
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1/4 turn valve

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Ha....thanks exactly what I purchased from Home Depot on Friday: 1/4 turn Brass Craft.

I want to replace all the water supply valves when I saw the water squirt out of the one valve. The valves are old and decayed (1986).
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Another question....that were plenty of choices of water supply lines in Home Depot. What would you recommend. I saw "click-able", no name, Brass Craft on and on.

What do you all suggest? The current lines look like the originals hard, fix length metal tube.
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Stainless Steel flex line. There screw on not snap on.
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I always use ridged chrome lines---the flexible ones don't look very professional in my opinion.
And I have seen them fail on many occasions-(with very expensive damage)-I just don't trust flex lines.
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I always use ridged chrome lines---the flexible ones don't look very professional in my opinion.
And I have seen them fail on many occasions-(with very expensive damage)-I just don't trust flex lines.

The stainless ones?

I have yet to see a failure of these.

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