Removing Old Wax from Under Toilet

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by Verdeboy, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

    Jun 12, 2006
    When resetting a toilet, in order to remove the old wax that has adhered to the bottom of it, you need to tip the toilet. This means that all the nasty water in the toilet trap must be removed first or you'll spill it out.

    How do you guys deal with this situation? It seems crude to dump it into a bath tub, and usually it's not feasible to carry it outside to dump it. Do you try to dump it into a bucket or what?
  2. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    Nov 23, 2006
    disabled-retired industrial fabricator
    200 miles south of Little Rock
    After flushing with the fill turned off so the bowl level will remain low, I sit them up on a couple of blocks and reach under.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    A small wet/dry vac does the job, as well as removing the water from the tank to replace the fill valve.
  5. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Disposable latex gloves, and a sponge will pretty much get all of it. Lots of rags on the floor anyway.
  6. GrumpyPlumber

    GrumpyPlumber Licensed Grump

    Jun 18, 2007
    Plumber, self employed
    Licensed Grump
    Use an accordian plunger to push out most of the water...wipe out the excess with a rag with surgical gloves on.
    Run the rag under scalding water to sterilize.
    Less equipment to lug into someone's home along with tools and johnny bolts/ring.
  7. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    We use a $35 wet vac for removing water from the tank and bowl.

    It's much cleaner and quicker.
    This way, we don't need to use the customers bath tub or lav.
  8. D.Smith

    D.Smith New Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    Dont think running water under the hot tap will sterilize it.
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