reinforcement ringA loose toilet can be fixed by either tightening or replacing the wax ring and bolts underneath the toilet. If the flange that the bolts secure into is broken or cracked, the toilet will still be loose because the broken flange will not be able to hold it in place.

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You can replace the flange but that can lead to additional problems. Instead, you can try a reinforcement repair ring. This is a metal ring that lays over the damaged flange. It has multiple holes so that you can align it in multiple ways with the old flange. Basically, you will be placing the new repair ring over the old damaged flange so that the toilet bolts have something to grab onto to hold the toilet to the floor and to the drain.

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If the toilet is on the slab, you can use concrete screws to hold the reinforcement repair ring to the old flange and finally the slab. I like tapcon bolts for this, which is probably overkill, but they are very strong. You will need to pre-drill the appropriate sized hole prior to installing the bolt. The repair ring will have many holes for you to choose from so that the bolts won’t get in the way of the repair or installation of the toilet. Once you align the ring over the flange you can pre-drill the holes and then install the tapcon screws.

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Once the repair ring is installed, you can re-install the toilet using a new wax ring and bolts.

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