By the way, I have been learning about this project from Bob in the plumbing dept. of my local Home Depot and he informed me that if there appears to be a gap or anything of the sorts you can actually use two wax rings and sort of smoosh them together to make sure it is sealed properly. At least that's what I got from my remedial lesson on toilets.
well, according to (oh crap i can't remember his name but he was way cool for barely speaking any english) at ace hardware, it's going to be way simpler than i thought. i went in armed with my camera to show them what was going on.
i bought a steel ring that can be put over the existing damaged flange, screws, a wax ring, and new bolts. for about $14 total.
now, after i go get the girls from asshat, i have to reassemble.
right now i have a fan on the area, just trying to get it to dry out at least somewhat before i start jacking around with it. i WILL get this thing reassembled tonight - i'm about tired of running up and down the steps every time i have to go to the bathroom (which, i never realized was so often).
i'm actually having fun doing this - i love messing around with stuff like this. i guess all my years of following my father around when he was puttering around the house have paid off.
so this is the steel ring gizmo that got screwed to the floor, with the new bolts to hold the toilet down.........
put the wax ring on top, put the toilet on, tighten the bolts, and voila!!!!!
my husband helped to actually lift it and get it onto the bolts so that we wouldn't jack up the wax ring, and then we flushed it over and over again while i had the flashlight down in the crawl space - not a single drip!
ditto. it's the same glorious carpet that's in the kitchen (and you've seen the pictures of that). so when we hit the lottery, all of that lovely blue carpet is going to go elsewhere and the hardwood floors underneath it will be repaired and refinished.
Hey, you are in my upstairs bathroom doing exactly what I have been putting off doing!
That reminds me, Goods, where the heck are you? And why aren't you renovating my bathroom?? Huh??
I think passing Goods the Handyman around is an excellent solution. ;D
hey i meant to tell you - this really was super easy to do, even with the rotten floor issue. if you just have to replace the ring and your floor is in good shape, you can easily do it! i had no clue how easy it was!!!
Awesome. Thanks for the advice. The thing I'm most concerned about is the floor. Can I ask what you are going to do about the part that you tore up to get a look at the toilet ring? Or didn't you tear up all that much?
I have shag carpet in the upstairs bathroom too (I know, gross), and partially torn up linoleum under that (thanks to a home improvement project my ex started with vigor and then abandoned after a couple of hours :. Also I need to replace the entire toilet since the one I have up there uses a ridiculous amount of water with every flush (though luckily it's just a guest bathroom.)
Maybe I should invite good ol' Bob from Home Depot home with me.
i was actually just going to cut that chunk of carpet off, but i opted not to at this point. there was already a cut in it behind the toilet where they apparently slid the carpet around it, so i just pulled it up from there and folded it back while i was working on it. once everything is dry-dry, i'm just going to lay it back down and pretend that nothing ever happened. ;D i did rip out those linoleum squares and chucked those just because they were too disgusting for words.
i might just staple the carpet back down so that the kids don't jack with it. one of these days, that glorious blue carpeting is going to get ripped out, but we just can't afford to do it right now.