I tried a couple of the new Wax Free Toilet seals and liked the way they
worked, but was left wondering what the pros thought? I did question the
fact that there doesn't seem to be a seal from the opposite direction? That
is in case of backflow it looks like it will leak at the toilet base rather
than backup into the toilet. I know that is not supposed to happen, but it
seems possible. The cost is probably a factor for some but I use so few that
doesn't bother me, besides I let the customer pay.
Wax is the standard of the trade. When you mentioned the seal aspect, any
toilet must be sealed to the point of being airtight. The waxless rings you
mention must seal completely, or they're of no use. Sealing to the point of
being airtight means the sewer will back into the bowl and not around the
What advantages over wax are these supposed to have?
The biggest advantage I see is not having the messy wax to handle during
install and mostly when pulling the toilet for any number of reasons. That
is enough for me if these seals work correctly. You may have seen them they
have been written about in several magazines and are sold in my area by Home
Depot and Menards as well as supply houses.
They also work well when the infloor heat guys get the tubes or heat pad
under the W/C so that he wax melts out.
imagine my surprise at a 98 Deg. F. toilet.
Took a while to figure out what was going on with the wax as they would turn
off the heat the day before I got there, and the stat was hidden in a
cabinet. On the 2nd call heat was still on and I danced in my socks to the
W/C, felt the bowl, and said aha. this be not warranty. You gets to pay for
me and my wax.
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i'm going to be building a home next year and anticipate using these
electric heat pads under the flooring in the bath so as to lessen the chill
of a cold tile floor up here in the rockies.....any tips on how far away
from the W/C the grid should be held back? TIA..Bob
I've used the wax-free seal a couple of times. I like the wax-free
seals. They do a good job. I think more people would use them except
that a wax seal costs about $1.00 and those rubber wax-free designs
cost around $8.00/each. if you do a bunch of toilets, you're saving a
lot of money by installing a toilet the old-fashioned tried & true
I don't have my codebook handy. I don't think those wax-free seals are
allowed by the new code.
I learned the HARD way. I did a Super market with Wax. All done, I
hit the Lavatory Door..Ping, Ping, Ping...Shite.......
You must use Rubber on Ceramic Floors and Wax elseware.
The smallest overtighting will break any WC, but with wax
you have to be real carefull, too light you get Gas in the
Lav. I'm only talking Ceramic Floors, I just put a rubber
one in mine, I built myself a real nice Ceramic bath.
Rubber gives you leeway with a Helper who just has to
to do one when you ain't looking.
I have a Flow straightner, a Vice Grip for a Toilet handle,
a Butterknife in the Tank and watch as people take a Dump.
I make sure if its too big I tell them to DUMP, FLUSH, DUMP, FLUSH...
If they don't they owe me Push ups until I get tired.
This stops all clogged WC or you could say, ' No Shit.'
Thank You AL Gore for the 1.6 watersaver. He should of stuck to
a Brick in his Tank.
The problem with breaking WC on ceramic floor is the fit of the hard china
of the bowl to the hard ceramic tile. It's an uneven floor that cracks a
bowl. The old timers used plumbers putty where the bowl contacts the
floor. Another way is to carefully position plastic wedges to avoid
stressing the bowl when tightening the closet bolts. You can't take the
"rock" out of a bowl on a hard floor by tightening the bolts.
Since the horn of the WC is not supporting the bowl in either case, I can't
see how a rubber seals will serve better than wax.
I'm sorry about the trouble others have had, but I've put many WCs on
ceramic and never even come close to breaking one. I've never even heard of
anyone actually breaking a toilet through overtightening, though I thought
it was possible.
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