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Wobbly toilet a sign of wetter things to come

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Q: I recently had my bathroom floor tiled. Now the toilet wobbles when I sit down or get up. It doesn't leak. What can I do to stop this? Will a bead of caulk or plumber's putty do the job? A: If the toilet doesn't leak now, it will in short order. Several things could be causing the wobble. The closet bolts might not be tight, or the closet flange may be broken or bent. Also, the wax ring that seals the connection between the toilet and the discharge pipe may be not be set properly. Tightening the closet bolts is an easy fix. Installing a new wax ring is a bit tougher. Repairing the closet flange is more difficult, but it can be done. In any case, fix the wobble before it becomes a leak. The standard household commode discharges into a 3- or 4-inch waste line called a closet bend. We don't know the origin of this name, but it may come from water closet, a name for a bathroom. The closet bend is screwed or bolted to the floor by a flange -- the closet flange. A wax ring is placed on th...