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Toilet Repair – Make Your Restroom Usable Again

By Bill Davis

You can hear the sound of water running in your bathroom, so you decide to investigate it. Little Susie is playing barbies, there is water and she looks at you with huge eyes and says “They was at the spa.”

What are you going to do? Don’t call the plumber yet. Plumbers can be very expensive but so is the water bill. In just a few steps you can repair that toilet yourself. All you need are a few tools, a little knowledge and a good sense of humor. After all it is already broken so you can’t hurt it any more right?

First step is a no brainer – you need to get that water turned off. Down close to the floor behind the bowl you should see a valve that looks like the one for the hose outside simply turn it and the water should shut off.

Now it is time to remove some of the water. A wet vacuum will do the trick, but if you do not have one a small cup will do for bail out. Get as much out as you can.

You will need to remove the old wax ring. Use a scraper for this. Or even a cake knife will do – anything flat. This is important as without a good seal you will have leaks. Carefully remove the new wax ring from the package and place it where the old one was. This should be easy as there is still some residue left behind.

Lift toilet up and very carefully (no sliding) set it down over the bolts sticking up through the floor and onto the new ring. Be careful here – the seal must be good. Tighten the bolts back up. Alternate bolts as you turn to ensure a tight even seal. Turn the water back on. Look carefully around the bottom of the bowl along the floor for leaks. If there are no leaks, you can celebrate! You have now completed a toilet repair job!

Doing your own toilet bathroom repairss can be an intimidating task if you are not sure what you’re doing. Visit my site for more tips on doing your own bathroom repairs.

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Davis, Bill "Toilet Repair – Make Your Restroom Usable Again." Toilet Repair – Make Your Restroom Usable Again. 10 Jul. 2010. 11 Aug 2015 <>.

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Davis, B (2010, July 10). Toilet Repair – Make Your Restroom Usable Again. Retrieved August 11, 2015, from

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