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Old 12-09-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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I usually don't have a problem figuring issues out on my own, but plumbing has always been my weakness and figured I'd ask before attempting to fix my issue. My toilet when I bought my house 6 years ago sat totally fine on my tiled bathroom floor, but now there's a pretty good wobble. No leaks or anything like that. I know there are probably quite a few possibilities, but just hoping I could get some insight on what I should check on first, like a loose bolt or cracked flange/wax ring? And I'm pretty handy (residential painter for 10+ years), so I don't feel it's necessary to hire a professional, unless any of you encourage me to. Thanks in advance!

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If your toilet sat solidly on your tile floor, and now it is wobbling, your hold down bolts have rusted away, or your floor has rotted away under the toilet due to a leaky seal. if it is the bolts, replace with 5/15 solid brass bolts. If it is the floor, take up the tile, cut out the flooring, sister 2x4's to the joists, and block between joists with 1 x. Replace the floor with same thickness plywood, screwed down with plated bugle head screws. Prime, re-tile flush with top of flange, and reinstall toilet with horned wax seal. Bolts as recomended above.

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If your toilet sat solidly on your tile floor, and now it is wobbling, your hold down bolts have rusted away, or your floor has rotted away under the toilet due to a leaky seal. if it is the bolts, replace with 5/15 solid brass bolts. If it is the floor, take up the tile, cut out the flooring, sister 2x4's to the joists, and block between joists with 1 x. Replace the floor with same thickness plywood, screwed down with plated bugle head screws. Prime, re-tile flush with top of flange, and reinstall toilet with horned wax seal. Bolts as recomended above.
Well, in that case, I hope it's just the bolts. I'll find out at some point this week when I have time to get into it. Thanks for the help.
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Your flange may be damaged---along with the items previously mentioned---Pull off the toilet and see---If the flange is bad replacements are fairly straight forward to install---

If the leak has damaged the floor? Cross that bridge when you get there---be ready for a trip to the store for parts.
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Sorry, I meant 5/16" Solid Brass bolts. They sell 1/4 inch brass plated (They Rust) 1/4 inch Brass, and 5/16" Brass. Use Stainless Steel Nuts and washers, and just snug them down. Dont Overtighten. It really depends, re the flange. Hopefully you have PVC pipe. Let us know what you find and we will walk you through it. Oh, and stick a large rag in that pipe if you have to leave it open for any length of time. The trap is in the toilet, and you dont want a house full of methane gas.

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Do a test re-assembly without the wax ring and be sure the wobble is corrected before doing the final assembly.
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Thanks everyone. Ive come down with a cold so I won't be getting into it anytime soon. But as soon as I do, Im sure There will be more questions to be answered. lol

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