toilet tank boltsFlushing the toilet shouldn’t cause the tank to move. If it does, you need to check the bolts that hold the tank to the bowl. Tightening tank bolts is an easy job…unless you overtighten them.

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It may also be that one of the bolts has corroded and broken off. If that has happened, consider yourself lucky that you don’t have water all over your floor.

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You want to tighten the bolts just enough, but not so tight that they crack the tank. If you look into the tank and see globs of rust and corrosion, I would replace them anyway.

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Hold a standard screwdriver in the slot and use a small wrench to turn the nut below. The idea of a small wrench is because you will not be able to apply a lot of torque on it and it will cause you to consider whether or not you should continue to turn it. Believe me, the last thing you want is to end up replacing the entire tank because you overtightened the bolts and cracked the tank.

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You will be able to snug the tank down enough so that it doesn’t leak and won’t move (unless you really push or pull on it). If it moves easily, tighten it up a little more. If the toilet tank doesn’t move, then its tight enough.

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