We use composite plastic door shims if the floor is not level.
Shim first if needed, then caulk the bowl to the floor with Poly Seam Seal.
OK, so I wasn't able to get my Plymouth on craigslist, guy sold it, but I was able to get a NIB Dalton for $50! Sedona Biege too, looks great with this the downstairs wood panel so I'm pretty happy with that. Now when I mounted the AS Champion 4 in the upstairs bathroom to the flange (save the hate everyone) I noticed that if I knock on it with a kina hard hit, like I was knocking on a door from the side hard, you could see an ever so slight ripple in the water. It's bolted down plenty tight and I'm not really that concerned about it (Should I be?), but I also noticed that none of the old 4049 AS in the house had any ripple in the bowl no matter how hard you hit it. So when I pulled up the old AS downstairs I noticed there is like a clay in the cavities around the trapway and it was like mushed to the floor. I had to scrape pretty hard to get it up. Is this something they used to use to get a better mount?
Last edited by DIY Duder; 12-19-2009 at 01:09 AM. Reason: unclear
It was not clay, it was plumber's putty, which we used in the 50's and 60's before wax rings were invented.
I didn't put down a poly seam seal since it's on the second floor. I was thinking since it's upstairs and I put in plenty of wax in the gap between the flange and the floor, if the wax ring ever failed it would leak onto the floor and I would see the water right away insted of letting it get into the subfloor and walls. Do I need to do that? Since I had a leak there before and I didn't see it untill it was in the garage I thought this might be better. Did I screw up? lol
We polyseamseal to prevent water from getting under the bowl.
It's cleaner that way.
You would be surprised to see what little boys can get under a bowl.
Or between the tank and bowl for that matter.
A real good argument for one-piece toilets.
We leave a bit of gap near the back in case the seal leaks.