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04-09-2006, 06:49 AM
i just recently repaired some tiles underneath my toilet. i now need to replace
the wax ring and was wondering if it matters if i should use a single standard
wax ring or a single no seep wax ring with the plastic horn. is it just preference or in your opinion, is one better than the other?
04-09-2006, 07:02 AM
I lean toward the one with the horn, less chance of the wax folding over the flange. Both will work. Luck.
04-09-2006, 07:09 AM
04-22-2006, 08:04 AM
My plumber had to remove and reinstall my toilet - the excess wax has made an awful mess - hoq can I get it off - any ideas? :mad:
04-22-2006, 08:58 AM
Gasoline, or Coleman fuel, or paint thinner, after scraping as much as you can with a plastic scraper.
04-22-2006, 12:03 PM
Thanks so much - boy sounds a little dangerous, but wondered if that might not be the answer. Someone else suggested to try Goo Be Gone, too. Have to get it cleaned up.
I never use the ring with the horn, and many of the ones I have found with leaks had used the wax ring with the horn/funnel. I wonder why he had that much excess wax. I don't thing I have ever had one that the wax came out from under the bowl. Usually it only comes up through the bolt holes.
04-22-2006, 02:56 PM
That is the only reason I can think of he made such a mess - I was really disapointed in him - been around a long time.
04-22-2006, 03:18 PM
First, take the toilet outside. You will need to scrape as much wax off as possible with a putty knife or similar tool. This will be messy, but you should be able to get enough off so that additional cleaning will not really be necessary. You don't have to have it perfectly clean, but if you do use paint thinner or gasoline, be sure you're outside not only for the mess but because of the fumes and fire danger. You might want to consider a waxless seal, they work quite well.
04-23-2006, 08:02 PM
Gary, I tried a waxless seal and ended up going with a wax ring, due to it would not allow the toilet to sit properly. Now of course, since I thought that was the reason of my leak, I found out it is the gaskets between the tank and the base, which are rotted out.
I had no problems cleaning the wax off by using a putty knife and shop rag to clean up the mess.
When I find water around a toilet, the gasket between the tank and bowl, and the bolts are the first place are check for the actual leak. Most of the time that is where the problem is, not the toilet's seal.
04-24-2006, 08:03 AM
I was thinking about doing the installations of the toilets in my new house using waxless rings. Does anyone have a good experience with these and a recommended brand?
04-24-2006, 06:31 PM
I tried one alternaty, and ended up throwing it away, and went with a wax ring instead.
04-24-2006, 06:46 PM
I've had several in use for 3 years or so...work fine.