I would buy a new comode. When you go on your much need vacation or a week end away, how would you like to come home to a soggy wet carpet, electrical appliances on or near the carpet fried, and a heck of a problem. For $125 you can just get a new comode and wax ring and be safe. Remember, Do not tighten down the nuts hard. One turn at a time, sit on the comode seat waller around, then tighten a turn again and repeat until its snug.