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This is a good project that you can do yourself.  Of course, if you need some help, Morgan Leak Detection can come out to assist.  But the wax ring under a toilet is something that you can buy at a local hardware store and if you follow these simple steps, you shouldn't have any problems.

Part 1

  1. Be sure to shut off the water supply. You might be able to do this at the toilet, but you might need go into the crawl space or basement to cut off the water.
  2. Flush the toilet once or twice to empty the tank and bowl.
  3. Use a sponge to soak up and remove any remaining water in the tank and bowl
  4. Remove the caps over the nuts that hold the base of the bowl to the floor.
  5. Remove the nuts. You might need to use penetrating oil and pliers.
  6. Disconnect the water supply line.
  7. Gently rock the toilet back and forth to break the seal and any caulking present. Use care to grip the bowl and not the tank. If you grab the tank, you could break or crack the tank where it is bolted to the bowl.
  8. Remove the remnants of the old seal from both mating surfaces. Go to Part 2.


Part 3

  1. Unwrap the new wax seal, and place it over the flange on the floor with the round side up, exactly centered over the opening. Be sure both bolts are in place.
  2. Lift the toilet and place it over the flange and seal, keeping the toilet as level as possible.
  3. Sit on the toilet to help the new seal do its actual sealing.
  4. Ensure the bowl is level.
  5. Replace the nuts removed earlier. Tighten the nuts by hand to avoid cracking the base of the bowl.
  6. Reconnect water line.
  7. Turn on water supply to let tank fill. 
  8. Flush and check for leaks.
  9. Apply silicone caulk as needed to junction of bowl and floor.

Part 2

  1. Unwrap the new wax seal, and place it over the flange on the floor with the round side up, exactly centered over the opening. Be sure both bolts are in place.
  2. Lift the toilet and place it over the flange and seal, keeping the toilet as level as possible.
  3. Sit on the toilet to help the new seal do its actual sealing.
  4. Ensure the bowl is level.
  5. Replace the nuts removed earlier. Tighten the nuts by hand to avoid cracking the base of the bowl.
  6. Reconnect water line.
  7. Turn on water supply to let tank fill. 
  8. Flush and check for leaks.
  9. Apply silicone caulk as needed to junction of bowl and floor.

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