Which wax ring to use?

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

  1. TheMarq

    TheMarq New Member

    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

    Bothell, Washington
    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.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Cave Creek, Arizona

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

    bg Member

    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.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Cave Creek, Arizona

    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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