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Does Your Toilet Wobble While You’re Trying to Read?

March 1, 2012

If your toilet wobbles while you’re reading or it feels like you are sitting sideways to do your business, I can help you solve your wobbly problem. Don’t worry if your toilet is wobbly or rocky, it’s not going to completely come off the ground and throw you into the tub or shower. You are safe – for now. So put down your book and read below to find out how to fix your problem before you have to “go” the next time.

Check the bolts! You may get away easy and just have to tighten the bolts or go buy replacements because the threads have worn and aren’t grabbing. But, if the bowl has been rocking for a while, it is most likely the flange underneath and you will have to replace it. Don’t whine – you can do it.

The bolts are not secured directly into the floor as you may think. Instead they go into a toilet flange (made of strong metal or a plastic ring). This toilet flange is bolted to the floor. The toilet may be moving because the mounting bolts have nothing to grab onto any more.

To look at the flange underneath you will need to lift the toilet from the floor. (Heave/Ho). Remember to turn off the water, flush the toilet to drain the water from the bowl, and take out the bolts from the floor. Lift up the toilet and look to see if the flange is cracked or broken.

If the flange needs to be replaced you will need to remove the semi-circle piece that is broken (or both if both need replaced) by unscrewing the bolts (3-4) that hold it to the floor. You may need a chisel and hammer to break it away but be very careful (this is NOT the time to show your muscles) so that you don’t break the bend pipe.

Make sure that the new flange is flush tight with the top of the floor so that you (and the toilet) don’t wobble again when you replace the toilet. Also, you will need to replace the wax ring since you have lifted the toilet and broken the seal. You don’t want toilet water all over the bathroom. (Right???)

Be sure when working on all of this you have cleaned up the “old” residue before you install any new parts. It makes for a cleaner fit.

To women holding hammers (and creating stable environments),

Jo Ellen Soesbee, The ToolBox TomGirl

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