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Posted: 1/29/2006 10:37:23 AM EDT
One of my damned toilets has a loose flange bolt on one side, it seems to have come loose from the flange. Any ways of fixing this without taking the whole toilet loose from the floor? Then if I do, do I have to replace the whole flange. Never have dealt with this kind of situation. Thanks for the help!!!
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 10:49:12 AM EDT
You likely have to remove the toilet from the floor.

When the bolt caps are installed the excess bolt is trimmed off, so you dont have alot of bolt left to try and finagle it back into place.

Flange is likely ok.

But then again maybe not.

Dont know until you pull the fixture and see what you got.

Flange may have been installed in "almost" the wrong orientation, so that the original installation caught, but just.

You can try to finagle it back in first, but who is to say if it will work.

Go get a wax ring, a pair of all brass Johni-bolts and a squeeze tube of caulk and get to work on it.

Might want to get a spanner flange which will replace the side of the flange if it is indeed broken, so you dont have to tear out the old flange.

Good luck

Dram out
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 10:52:41 AM EDT
Awesome, thanks for the advice.
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 11:03:38 AM EDT
no prob
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 12:49:13 PM EDT
Buy 2 sets of closet bolts and use the 2nd set of washers and nuts from the second set to secure the closet bolts to the flange before setting the toilet. This keeps the bolts from working their way out from the flange slot.
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 12:59:49 PM EDT
Just a note, if you have never changed a wax ring before, make sure that the wax seal is completely molded onto the toilet bottom. Otherwise, any gap will cause odors to escape and mildew to grow in the area.
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