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H. Schechner writes: “Beyond its typical ‘keep the toilet from leaking’ use, I keep a wax ring in the shop to seal already-opened caulk/construction adhesive/whatever tubes.  Rather than using the typical methods — like inserting a nail or screwing on a wire nut — I just stab the ring to seal the end with a plug of wax.  Wax makes a seal against air, and the stuff in the tube stays good.  Next time you need it, just pump the gun a few times, wipe the wax off, and away you go.”

 

9 Responses to Tip: An Alternate Use for a (Clean) Toilet Wax Ring

  1. bc says:

    thats pretty clever…

  2. GTJ says:

    Certain DIY car restorers/mainainers melt toilet wax rings and motor oil and use it as an undercoat and sprayed internally to keep their frames protected from wet salty winters. Much cheaper than the commercially available equivalent.

  3. Perry Jones says:

    “Certain DIY car restorers/mainainers melt toilet wax rings and motor oil and use it as an undercoat and sprayed internally to keep their frames protected from wet salty winters. Much cheaper than the commercially available equivalent.”

    It may work, but you’ll be spreading oil everywhere you drive. I’m hardly a tree hugger, but that’s just environmentally reckless. But I’ll admit, it’s probably more effective than the version I’ve heard which uses straight used motor oil.

    To the original tip, that’s genius.

  4. hj says:

    contributor here.

    Can’t take too much credit for this one, got the tip from my father, who I _believe_ got it from an old issue of Family Handyman way back when.

  5. Eric Corson says:

    i thought you were supposed to use the condom for your caulk while you use it, not in between times??

  6. eschoendorff says:

    Now that’s a useful tip. Thanks for posting this! :beer:

  7. Hank says:

    Toilet seals are also handy to keep around when trying to minimize board resistance when setting screws. Cheaper than the screw wax sold at specialty stores, it also keeps forever. Just take your wood screws, make a quick dip, point and sqeeze that trigger on your driver.

  8. Nooch says:

    FYI, wax rings are the best for squeaky door hinges…fell onto this idea when installing a toilet, and heard how wax is the best lube for hinges…if not avail, use any other wax substitute.

  9. Keith says:

    My late brother (who did plumbing for a time) advised me that toilet bowl ring wax was an ideal sealant for the clean-out plugs of drain pipes, particularly plastic drain pipes where plumbers putty should not be used (check the putty label – some are not good for plastics). Just apply an amount of the wax to the plug threads before installing the plug, tighten by hand and then no more than 1/2 turn more with a wrench. Don’t use plastic pipe solvent to install the clean-out plugs on plastic drain pipe; you might need to take the plug out some time in the future.

    Also, as others have noted, I’ve found that the toilet bowl ring wax is an ideal
    lubricant in some applications…try it on drawer slides; you’ll probably push
    the drawer through the back of the cabinet and into the wall if it was sticking before!

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