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Old 06-29-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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We just had a new ceramic floor put in our bathroom and also had a new toilet installed. I notice that the toilet moves left and right on the floor (sideways, not rocking). Is there a special way of installing so that the toilet doesn't move? I'm affraid of leaks!

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Old 06-29-2011, 05:29 PM   #2
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Probably not enough seal in the fit-up joint, especially now.

Could also probably tighten the bolts a little more. Those pedestals can break under too much strain from a mounting bolt so be careful there. The seal should be checked for sure now and replaced. There is more than one thickness of seals and they can be stacked if necessary.

Toilet pedestals can also be caulked to the floor if necessary and that will help to stop movement but replace the seal first in this case. If you should caulk it, leave the backside of the pedestal un-caulked so any seal leaks can be detected.

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We just had a new ceramic floor put in our bathroom and also had a new toilet installed. I notice that the toilet moves left and right on the floor (sideways, not rocking). Is there a special way of installing so that the toilet doesn't move? I'm affraid of leaks!
The "special way" is installing the toilet correctly. A rocking toilet puts stress on the ceramic material around the bolts.
As Bud said, check the bolts so they are appropriately tightened. If you tighten them too much, you'll crack the ceramic.
If the bolts are tight and the toilet is level and still rocks, you can install composite shims to stop the movement. You slide them under the edge and gently tap them in place. You then cut off the excess. Caulk around the front and sides, but leave the back uncaulked.
You should be good.
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Like Bud mentioned---once a toilet has moved the wax seal is ruined--they are not self repairing--so change it!
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