How to Replace an Old, Leaking Toilet Wax Ring

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Replacing an old, leaking toilet wax ring thankfully doesn't require the help of an expensive professional. Replace an oil, leaking toilet wax ring with help from a Foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement with Lighty Contractors, and today I'm gonna show you how to replace that old leaking toilet wax ring. For this, we're gonna be using a crescent wrench, a new wax ring with flange, and something to scrape it with. I'm actually just using an ice scraper. You can use almost anything, cardboard, a putty knife, almost anything will work, that way you can just scrape the excess wax off. The first thing you wanna do is shut off the main water to the tank and disconnect the supply line. After that's done, you wanna pull the handle and drain the water out of the back of the tank. After that, go ahead and remove the back of the tank. Now, with your crescent wrench, go ahead and remove the back of the tank. Now, with your crescent wrench, go ahead and remove the mounting bolts on each side. Now, pick up on the back of toilet. Make sure you don't grab the tank, you wanna grab the base of the toilet that way your tank doesn't crack. After we have our toilet pulled, go ahead and take it outside, or place it in the bathtub that way you aren't getting water all over the floor from the water left in the back of the tub. After we got our toilet pulled, go ahead and remove the gasket that's left and all the excess wax. Now, you wanna go ahead and remove all the excess wax off the base of the toilet. Don't have to be a perfectionist, just get the most of it off. Now, take your wax ring and press it firmly on the base, that way it sits there by itself. You wanna line up the bolts into these two holes located here, and you wanna put the flange down into the hole, that way when it flushes, the water runs right past and doesn't leek all over the floor. After you get that done, go ahead and put your mounting bolts back on. You wanna make sure you don't tighten one side faster than the other. You kinda wanna do it equally that way you don't crack your porcelain. What I like to do is kinda push down on the toilet, that way, you're spreading that wax out so you get a nice tight seal. After you get your bolts done, go ahead and put your back on, turn your water on and you're good to go. I'm Joshua Clement with Lightly Contractors and you just learned how to replace that old leaking wax ring. Thanks for watching, and good luck with your next project.

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