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Old 04-12-2017, 08:45 PM   #1
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Toilet wax ring not thick enough?


We removed the toilet prior to laying down ceramic tile where the floor covering previously was carpet. When replacing the toilet wax ring it seemed like it might not have been making enough contact with the sewer plate but I bought the thickest one they had - a Johnni something or other at Lowes. The new ceramic tile floor is perhaps up to an inch higher than the carpet floor due to the 1/4" backer board, new tile and mortar.

After replacing the tank and fill valve I connected the water supply line and found it leaked. Now I also have a problem with the tank to toilet gasket and bolts in finding a proper gasket. So it is possible the water as I test flushed was finding its way around a poorly sealed wax ring; or the tank to toilet gasket which I know was leaking is allowing water to run down the outside of the toilet bowl, to the floor and into the hole in the floor outside the wax and pipe as I see it running off the outside of the sewer pipe in the basement. (Or both).

I continue to look for a proper gasket for this Briggs toilet, but all I can find is a Korky universal model at Lowes that looks like the old one but goes all the way to the tip of the tank mount and of course it compresses some but is not be sealing.

So problem #1 is knowing I have a good gasket for it and since the bolts from the Lowes package I selected a kit would be helpful if anyone knows where I might go to get one.

Problem #2. As for the wax ring I am clueless what to do beyond pulling up the toilet bowl again to look directly at the wax rings condition to see if it looked like it was sealing. If not since I used the thick model wax ring I am unsure where to go next. What should be used when the new ceramic tile floor the toilet bowl sets on is higher than it used to be with the old carpet? Since putting in a ceramic tile floor where carpet used to be is a common remodel I though the thicker wax ring was the answer. Maybe not.

Thanks for any help.
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The gasket can be doubled up.
Buy a second one to place on top of the one already installed.
Warm it up to soften it a little bit before installing.
Soak it in hot water for a few minutes.
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Well, you first task is to find out where it is leaking. You should be able to tell if it is the tank/base gasket right away by getting up close and personal when it is being flushed. Check the Internet or local directories for a Briggs dealer. You should be able to get an oversized flange gasket. Try a plumbing supply rather than a box store. They also might know if any generic tank/base gaskets will work on your throne.

Edit: or double up as Jlhaslip mentioned. In that case I would get a gasket with the 'rubber' flange as the top one.
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Google " closet flange extension " for more information than anyone would want to read. The extension is probably the way I would go rather than double wax ring.
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Thanks for tips of extenders. I had thought about more wax but thought it might get too slippery or move around some.
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