I have no experience with the alternative, but you might consider the
Here's an excerpt:
QUESTION: "On my regular toilet I've replaced the 'bad' wax gaskets a
few times and my toilet still leaks!!??"
ANSWER: Generally wax doesn't "go bad" on a standard floor-mounted
toilet, as its function is not to prevent leaks. Wax on a floor-mounted
toilet is there to prevent odors. If you are experiencing a leak coming
from underneath the floor-mounted toilet, you probably have a partial
(or full blown) toilet stoppage down the drain line (or the toilet is
cracked in the bowl). Also, make sure the leak isn't coming from above
and dribbling down the back of the toilet, as this is a "typical"
undetected problem. If you aren't sure where the leak is coming, from
try putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank and waiting a few
QUESTION: "I've seen expensive, sliding type of flanges/gaskets that
attach to the bottom of a toilet and then slide into the drain. What's
your opinion of them?"
ANSWER: We don't wish to offer them (although we certainly would make
more profit doing so) because: 1) They are much more complicated than a
simple wax or sponge ring. 2) The toilet bowl must be totally. perfectly
clean and spotless. That is never the case with a used toilet and even
with a new toilet a lot of times it will have some grease or dirt on
them. The toilet bowl must be cleaned very well. 3) The water closet
flange, by design, tends to be more susceptible to damage during
construction and the basic wax, wax with gasket and sponge take up most
problem flanges while many of the "new" type (read "expensive") toilet
to flange connectors need to generally have a "perfect" flange and a
"perfect" toilet bowl. 4) If a toilet flange is leaking the problem
needs to be addressed. That problem is not the wax or sponge. We see it
as a case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and so, we prefer to pass
on offering these "new" type of connectors. We strive for total customer
satisfaction and our fear is that installing these new connectors will
produce a lot of frustration.
Part of my bathroom renovation (in fact, the thing that started the whole
project, many years ago) is replacing a cracked and leaking toilet. As it
turned out, I had to replace everything down to the soil pipe and even
replace the lead and okum (!) seal and build up the floor around the stool.
For the bowl gasket I'll use a Fluidmaster bowl gasket, so I've got the box
in front of me. The kit includes a "3 inch gasket and a 4" sleeve," bolts
to secure the bowl to the floor, and other stuff. It's "guarenteed to be
free from defective materials and workmanship for a period of ten years."
(Lord knows what that actually means--it's certainly different from,
"guarenteed not to fail for 10 years")
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