|Posted by Greg on March 14, 2004 at 16:08:24:|
|In response to Re: Toilet Leak - Help!|
: : : My toilet is leaking between the base and the tank.
: : : I had to take it out to put in a new floor and then I reinstalled it. When I reinstalled it, I put on a new wax ring and put new bolts in at floor level. No sign of leaks down there. I also replaced the tank bolts with all new bolts, washers, etc. I also put on a new gasket and rubber ring on the bottom of the tank that seats on the hole on the top of the base of the toilet.
: : : The water is coming out from the seam between the toilet tank and the base of the toilet, right behind the toilet seat. It then falls onto the floor.
: : : What should I be checking and is there something I could have done wrong? The first time I installed it I didn't replace the gasket and ring on the bottom of the tank because that was fine, but then it leaked. So then I took the tank back off, put the new gasket and ring on and still it leaks. Ideas?
: : : Thanks,
: : : Greg
: : There are different tank to bowl gaskets, make sure that you used the correct one. The tank to bowl bolts should have the rubber washer on the inside of the tank, no metal washers go here. The bolts need to be tightened slowly and evenly. It is really easy to crack a toilet tank when bolting it onto the bowl. Make sure that it is not cracked.
: The new toilet tank bolts came with 2 rubber washers and one metal washer. I put a rubber washer on top and one on the bottom and finally the metal one last on the bottom, then the nut. Feeling those, they are bone dry.
You might have a slight crack somewhere in the tank. If you think it is the seal check that again, other wise check for slight crack. I had a slight crack in the tank and it looked like it was coming from the middle gasket. The wax ring needs to be set properly also. clean up old wax on floor flange and also on toilet. Put the wax ring on and set toilet down--making sure of proper fit. Then put body weight on toilet and with slight twisting motion(twist toilet back and forth). Then tighten bolts, shim if needed with ceder shims. toilet should not rock-it should feel very solid with the floor.~Greg www.drywallguy.com
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