For some time now, we've noticed that off and on, the floor underneath the toilet has been getting wet. A little research confirmed our fear that the wax ring on the toilet had gone. Not such a big deal, but because of all the home repair shows we watch, I had an intense fear that if we left it too long, it would rot the floorboards, then what should be a simple fix would become a nightmare.
Especially with only one bathroom in the house. Period.
SO, yesterday we went out and bought a new wax ring, and pre-planned to spend time today redoing it. I need to make sure you know three things. 1) We are not at all skilled with plumbing. 2) Our toilet was essentially the original one, from 1939 - we're pretty sure anyways. 3) The only shut off for the toilet is for the whole house.
The original toilet has a separate (huge!) tank, elevated off the seat by a 2.5-3" diameter metal elbow. The tank was so huge we had actually sunk two 600ml bottles of water in there, AND put in some baffle thingys to help it use less water per flush. The metal elbow is huge too, and despite it's strength, the back of the toilet was also attached to the wall. Geez. We didn't have a wrench or other tool big enough to take off the elbow (which I knew was going to be an issue, but we had to try 'as is' anyways). We took it all apart, and voila! Wait... where's the wax ring? Oh... flattened out entirely, dried and caked to the floor.
|Thar She Be!!!! Don't judge the mess.|
|Yah... that was apparently a wax ring|
at some point.
|There's Pokaroo. A little sad, a little dejected,|
and worried about what else might go wrong.
|Our best solution. At least there's a|
shut off valve!
|New toilet!! See how much smaller it is?|
Those holes on the wall were 1-2" inside the other one