My toilet appeared to be leaking so I decided to try
replacing the wax ring. Toilet removal went fine, but
now that I've replaced the wax ring and am trying to
get the toilet to "seat" properly, I can't seem to get it
to firmly press all the way to the floor. How much
pressure does one normally have to exert? I don't
want to break the toilet--they're no longer made in
the same color!
Yes, I know about plumbers putty. What solved the problem--for reasons I do
understand--was buying a different brand of wax seal. The second one worked
Both were at room temperature, but with the first one, the toilet would not
properly. I was sitting on the darned thing--and I'm not light, about 125
and one side would not go down level with the other. With the second wax
it went into place effortlessly. ???
The only thing I can think of is that when you took off the toilet
originally, some of the old wax was still clinging to the bottom of the
toilet (did you tip over the toilet to completely clean off any of the old
wax ring?), therefore when you put a new wax ring on the flange, then placed
the toilet back into place, there was too much wax under the toilet to let
it compress completely to the floor.
I just had this job done at work by a professional, thinking it couldn't
cost very much since he could literally walk to the job being in the same
building. He sent my company a bill for $204 and then called ME a thief when
I said that it was too much.
I may be cheap, but he's still a thief. For a job that takes less than an
hour, no travel time, a $2 part, no experience and a pair of slip joint
pliers for tools, anything over $85 is robbery - even in this century. He
did put new bolts in, but he left them sticking up two inches above the
nuts - too busy making money to cut them and cap the nuts I suppose. I
offered him $100 which was more than it was worth, and he looked like he
wanted to kill me.
Is there any wonder why people want to do these jobs themselves?
On Wed, 25 May 2005 04:41:12 GMT, in alt.home.repair RE: Re: Toilet
You are entirely correct about over-charging for such a small job.
I have found that what helps a lot is to ask for a quote before the
job starts. If they can't estimate because the job involves conditions
that are not visible (e.g. inside a wall, decking under roof tiles,
etc) then ask what their hourly rate is. If they won't quote an hourly
rate, then find someone else.
To reply to me directly, remove the CLUTTER from my email address.
Quite right. Normally, I would've done this, but what I didn't know was that
the plumber I used was under new management. The old guy would've done it
for $50, especially since he's less than 50 feet from my back door, so why
would I assume that the new "flat rate for service minimum" would be over
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