Now, the smell most likely isn't from the wax ring, sewer gases don't smell like
they smell like, well, you know what!
The smell is coming from UNDER the toleit. The caulk around the base is leaking or
missing, so you have to remove the tolet and clean up the floor and sanitize it with a
bleach mixture. After you remove the tolet you have to turn the bowl over and clean
as well. If the tolet is old now is the time to get a new one. I like the Kolhler
because they are water savers that actually flush everything with one try!
Since you are new to this, get a wax ring with a horn, it will be easier for you. Also
pick up a new bolt kit. Once you cut the old bolts off you will see how easily they
BEFORE removing the tolet, get a good protector on the rest of the floor, like an old
bedspread or matress cover. When you take the toliet off don't set it on the floor
is when its installed. You have to lean it over because the old wax ring is on the
and it makes a terrible mess!!!
Once you remove the toilet, lay it down, then clean the wax ring off the toilet and
floor ring. Use a scraper. If you have a weak stomach, keep the trash can near you
After scraping the old wax ring off, look for signs of floor damage. If there is get
expert to advise you concerning this. If no damage, you will see that the bolts slide
easily. Remove them and install the new ones. Put the new wax ring with the plastic
or funnel facing down, some people put it on the toilet and then place the toilet
bolts. Examine the situation yourself and determine what is best for you in your
BUT BEFORE you put the new wax ring on, clean and sanitize the floor and scrap off any
caulk, this is important, all caulk MUST be removed. Also clean the inside portion of
toilet bowl, this is where the smell is harvesting. Spaying after using a bleach
is best. If you can take the toilet outside and wash is everywhere that is the best
Then sanitize it with a bleach solution and rinse off. A great deal of smells come
around the tank and bowl area. Those darn women need to learn how to aim!
After COMPLETELY drying the toilet and base off. put the bolts in, the ring on and
unit back on the floor, turning back and forth with your weight as your puttting it
to seat the ring, not a lot, just about 11 to 1 oclock movement. Then square it off
put your nuts on the bolts. DON'T use the nuts and bolts to pull it down to the
will screw up the flange and maybe ruin the toilet! Your weight and small movements
set the toilet. Tighten the nuts firmly. Then, use a GOOD, NOT CHEAP silicon for
and caulk the bottom. Use a small tube because a caulk gun won't get behind the toilet
area. BUY two tubes because what I'm going to tell you will prevent this happening
Practice caulking this way, cut the end off SMALL, about the size of pen opening and
slant. Practice cauling something by PUSHING the tube, NOT PULLING it towards you.
the tube while caulking makes the caulk go INTO the crack. Pulling the tube towards
only places the caulk on top of the two items and they will break loose eventually.
you practice with a cheap tube, use the best brand to actually do the caulking. If you
practice for about five minutes and didn't cut the tube too big you will be able to
the caulk into the crake and the tubing nozzel will leave a perfect bead that you
have to use your finger to remove the excess.
It is NOT a difficult job if you plan it out. Its messy, but not difficult. Hook up
plumbing and test, but don't sit on it unitl the caulk dries, you may break the bond
the next time Mother or wife misses the toilet the smell will come back ;-)
Lastly, dad may not be too helpful, but I sure wish I had mine here to get in my
way....... It sounds like you two are close, and that is why I posted in such detail.
Enjoy him and let him 'help' you on this, you will really miss it later in life.