Which wax ring to use?

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by TheMarq, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. TheMarq

    TheMarq New Member

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    I'm mounting a floor mount, back outlet toilet and I'm conflicted by which type of wax ring to use. The manufacturer's instructions seem to call for a plain wax ring, but I read a post on the forum saying that a plain wax ring could sag over time in a back outlet install. The big box store also sells a #3 reinforced wax ring with a plastic funnel on it. The box says it's for back outlet toilets. I've read here about problems with the ring that has the plastic funnel (perhaps I can cut the funnel off?), so I hesitate to use it.

    Should I go with either of these options or is there another type or ring I should be using?
     
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    If the box says it will work, then it should be fine.
    I use the wax with horn with success.
    The wax that is rated for wall outlet normally uses Urethane sponge .

    You can also buy foam rubber seals for wall outlets.
     
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    The wax ring for wall hung toilets usually has an imbedded urethane ring inside it. And no funnel.
     
  5. bg

    bg Member

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    For what it's worth, I installed one of those big box store
    rings with the black plastic funnel when I replaced my old
    toilet with a Toto almost a year ago . Has worked perfect.
    No leaks, etc.
     
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. NOT EVERY wax ring with a funnel causes problems, just enough of them so most professionals do not wish to take the chance.
     
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