Rocking Toilet

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. New Member

    Sep 25, 2006
    I am sure this question has been asked a million times. After installing our new toilet, there is slight movement from side to side. I put a small shim on one side to keep it from rocking. Is there a better way to correct the problem? Thanks!
  2. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

    Jun 12, 2006
    If the toilet is seated properly on the wax, and the bolts are tightened down, and it still rocks a bit, using a shim is the correct course of action.

    The only other thing I can think of is to level your floor better, which is a much bigger project.

    I forgot to mention that caulking the base will also help stabilize the toilet.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2007
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  4. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

    Aug 11, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Iuse sanded grout where base meets the floor.It will not stick to the floor
    or toilet.i have this to many times to count.Keep the also looks niceif done properly.
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    If the toilet rocks after initial setting of the toilet, you should remove it and install a new wax ring. Since the wax doesn't rebound from the rocking, you've likely got a break in the wax seal. You may not notice until there is a backup or if the sewer gas smell is strong, but it is there. Mark where you need the shim, maybe tape it down so it doesn't move, then push the toilet down onto the new wax ring. Since it should no longer rock, the seal will stay intact.

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  6. New Member

    Sep 25, 2006
    Thanks everyone! All good ideas.
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