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Thread: Which is better ?Wax Toilet Rings vs Wax-free Toilet Rings

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    DIY Member herbolaryo's Avatar
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    Exclamation Which is better ?Wax Toilet Rings vs Wax-free Toilet Rings

    I have seen the wax toilet rings and the wax-free toilet rings in the hardware store.
    1. What are the pros & cons of wax-free vs wax toilet rings?
    2. Which one is easier to install?
    3. Which one last longer?
    4. Which one does not leak easily?

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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
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    EIther should last a long time. Wax, probably longer. If your toilet is not shimmed properly so it doesn't rock, a waxless migth keep it from leaking. A waxless is more forgiving on the depth of the flange (i.e., one where the floor has been built up around it) since it has a built-in horn. The waxless rely on rubber which is pretty reliable (often neoprene or other synthetic), could break down in certain circumstances (but it should be a long time). Wax works, is cheaper, but can slip and is messy. If you have reason to want to remove and replace the toilet, the waxless is quicker, since you don't have to scrape off the old one prior to installation of a new one. This is particularly handy during remodeling when you might need to set and remove the toilet a few times as you progress in the remodeling.

    Last edited by Terry; 05-29-2010 at 09:18 AM.
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