I was wondering if someone might advise me.
There are hairline cracks in the pedestal part of my toilet -- the
part between the bowl and the piece that is screwed into the floor.
I have noticed recently that when I flush the toilet, a small amount
of water seeps through the crack -- perhaps a teaspoon or so of water.
Does this mean that I should replace the toilet? Or can this be
Many thanks for any advice or information.
So you don't think this is repairable?
I have no real idea what this might cost -- to replace the toilet, I
mean. What should I expect to pay, do you think? (I'd need to have
someone do the work. I don't think I could do it myself. And I would
guess I should call a plumber rather than a handyman for something
And thanks ...
A good toilet is around $250. You can buy junk for $69 if you want. Call
plumbing supplies and ask who they recommend for installation. You'll
probably get it installed cheaper that way then by using Home Depot
installation but get a price from them too.
If you've got a crack in the base it really isn't a good idea to try to
repair it. It's just not going to be worth it (or hold up).
You can find a decent toilet & the parts you need to install it for
under $200 and the only reason you might not want to DIY is because
toilets can be heavy. If you have a handy friend who can help you,
there's no reason the two of you can't do this.
I've had a bunch of bad luck with both plumbers & handymen. It's amazing
what people will tell you about a simple job. I've finally found a very
good plumber & a couple of good handymen, but replacing a toilet is a
job I tackled. I had a diagram of where the various pieces parts go. It
really isn't complicated.
You'd be surprised at what you can do.
On 29 Feb 2004 19:39:42 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Linda W.) wrote:
Linda, *YOU* can replace the toilet yourself. Really and truly. This
is a very easy job that will boost your self confidence immensely once
you finish it. A helper would be good for assistance in getting the
old toilet off the wastepipe flange and putting the new toilet down.
Great instructions here:
If your flange bolts are rusted and you can't unscrew the nut, just
take a small hacksaw blade and cut the bolt off underneath the nut.
Or, you could just break up the entire toilet :).
Thanks so much for this advice.
I looked at the link you provided, and you're right -- it does look
If I was on the ground floor or in a house, I'd be very tempted to try
to do it myself. My concern is being on the second floor and having
another unit underneath mine. If I did the installation myself and
there was any problem ... I'm not even sure if that would be an issue
with my condo unit owner's policy, should there be a problem.
And I know that, as you said, it would be a self-confidence boost.
Boy ... if I wasn't on the second floor, I'd surely be tempted to give
it a try.
Someone who has been reading the posts e-mailed me to suggest that I
watch the plumber when he does the installation, so I'll have a better
idea of how it's done. And I will certainly plan to do just that.
But looking at those pictures, as I said, it's tempting, all right.
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(Linda W.) wrote:
All great advice, the only thing I didn't see that is important. Yes
important whether you do it yourself or hire it done. What kind of
flooring do you have. If its tile then make sure you/plumber uses a
tall wax ring. Some plumbers will double the wax ring to ensure a good
Calling around out of the yellow pages isn't the only way to find a good
plumber. The supply houses are usually hesitant to recommend. Try
calling the plumbers counterparts like an electrician, framer, concrete,
sheetrock etc. ask them who they would use as a plumber. Even better if
you know a tradesman in the home building/repair business ask them.
CAVEAT EMPTOR though a referral doesn't mean good inexpensive service.
I found perhaps the best most reasonable sewer rooter guy by asking a
well-respected plumber. My rooter guy beats the National guys by half
and is far more experienced and ethical.
I would ask brothers, cousins, friends and co-workers if they've done it
before. You might get an eager beaver willing to help, with limited
There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by
the tail and face the situation. -- WCF
Could have been screwed down too tight. You should replace it fairly soon--
if the floor is constantly damp from the leak, it'll rot. Bowl replacement
is a pretty easy job.
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Yes, and do it right away since you are getting water. There is no
satisfactory repair likely. You could take it up, check it, and put
in a new wax donut, but with this crack, tightening the bolts will
likely just crack it even more and you will not be able to tighten it
to the floor. A crack anywhere in a toilet, especially with water
seepage, means replace it.
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