Problem: Leak develops at the
base of the toilet, between toilet and the toilet flange
of the waste pipe.
Background: Occasionally the wax ring between the toilet
and waste pipe will lose its seal and allow leak age. New
wax rings are available at hardware stores and home
centers, however, the toilet must be removed to install
the new ring. Before re moving, make sure any moisture is
not due to tank condensation, or to a leak between the
tank and base on a 2-piece toilet.
What to do: Buy a replacement wax ring. Turn off
the water at the sup ply valve near the toilet or at the
main water supply valve. Disconnect water supply at the
base of the tank. Drain the toilet tank by flushing and
remove the remaining water using sponges or rags. Take the
caps and nuts off of the toilet’s mounting bolts, and lift
the toilet off its mount. Temporarily stuff a rag into the
opening in the floor to keep sewer gas from escaping, then
clean up the old gasket or setting compound on the floor.
Turn the toilet upside down (being careful to prevent
scratches), then remove the old wax ring. Slightly warm
the new wax ring and press into position. Turn the toilet
right side up and place it into position, allowing the
toilet bolts to protrude through the holes in the base.
Press down, with your full weight, in a slight twisting
motion on the center of the top of the toilet. Re place
the washers and nuts and then the caps.
Special advice: The toilet may have been installed
with a gasket, not a wax ring. A gasket is formed by the
toilet bowl setting compound in the circular recess in the
base of the bowl. Simply remove this material before
installing the new wax ring.
Helpful hint: If bolts were difficult to turn or
were damaged when re moved, use new bolts after replacing
the wax ring (liquid products that loosen rusted bolts are
available at your local hardware store). When replacing
the bolts that hold down the toilet base, tighten only
until a snug fit is reached. Do not over tighten because
you may crack the porcelain base.
Handy Tips, Advices and Warnings
To remove old wallpaper, first
pull off as much as you can, then soak the remaining with
Fleecy. It will peel off easily.
After wallpapering or painting,
write the amount under a light-switch plate and you’ll
always know how much wallpaper or paint you need for that
If you have a small hole in your
wall (after moving pictures etc.) take a wax crayon as
near the colour of your wall as possible. Rub the hole
with the crayon, polish with a dry cloth and the hole is
Clean out old nail polish bottles
and fill with “touch up” paint for scuffs and scratches
that may occur on your walls.
When hanging pictures on plaster
walls, put a small piece of adhesive tape where the nail
is to go in. Drive the nail through the tape. This helps
prevent the plaster from cracking.
Before wallpapering a wall, apply
a coat of clear varnish to any grease spots. This will
prevent the grease from soaking through the new paper.
Instead of applying wallpaper
with a sponge, dip a paint roller in the solution, squeeze
slightly to prevent dripping and roll it over 20-30 sq.
feet at a time.
Buy stair carpeting a little
longer than needed. When it shows signs of wear it can be
shifted downward to delay replacement.
To avoid wearing out spots on
heavy traffic areas, use extra pieces of material cut out
of the same material as the rug or linoleum.
If your kitchen cupboards have
worn out or if there are scuff marks around the handles,
remove handles and glue on tiles to cover the scuffs.
Replace handles over the tiles. This adds an interesting
colour accent and saves replacing or refinishing the
When a drain is clogged with
grease, pour a cup of salt and a cup of baking soda into
the drain, followed by a kettle of boiling water.
If your water taps have a
tendency to freeze during a cold spell, leave your taps on
slightly. Running water will not freeze.