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Verdeboy
07-04-2007, 10:16 AM
When resetting a toilet, in order to remove the old wax that has adhered to the bottom of it, you need to tip the toilet. This means that all the nasty water in the toilet trap must be removed first or you'll spill it out.

How do you guys deal with this situation? It seems crude to dump it into a bath tub, and usually it's not feasible to carry it outside to dump it. Do you try to dump it into a bucket or what?

leejosepho
07-04-2007, 06:01 PM
After flushing with the fill turned off so the bowl level will remain low, I sit them up on a couple of blocks and reach under.

hj
07-04-2007, 08:29 PM
A small wet/dry vac does the job, as well as removing the water from the tank to replace the fill valve.

jimbo
07-04-2007, 08:33 PM
Disposable latex gloves, and a sponge will pretty much get all of it. Lots of rags on the floor anyway.

GrumpyPlumber
07-04-2007, 10:05 PM
Use an accordian plunger to push out most of the water...wipe out the excess with a rag with surgical gloves on.
Run the rag under scalding water to sterilize.
Less equipment to lug into someone's home along with tools and johnny bolts/ring.

Terry
07-05-2007, 09:58 AM
We use a $35 wet vac for removing water from the tank and bowl.

It's much cleaner and quicker.
This way, we don't need to use the customers bath tub or lav.

D.Smith
07-05-2007, 12:23 PM
Dont think running water under the hot tap will sterilize it.