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Wobble Wedge®: The History of Plastic Shims

Plastic shim

What Led Us to the First Patented Plastic Shim with Interlocking Ridges

The history of shims starts long before plastic was around. In fact shims or wedges are some of the oldest technology that humans developed. Early shims were made from stone, wood, antlers, and various other natural materials. But modern times call for modern materials, and we needed a solution that didn’t deteriorate or slide around when stacked. So we developed the Wobble Wedge® plastic shim with interlocking ridges. And now over 30 years after it was first created, our plastic shim is still the leader in shim technology.

When Did Humans Develop the Shim?

Shims or wedges are considered one of the six “simple machines” developed by early humans. This list includes the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, screw, and inclined plane. Shims have been around since the stone age, and even pre-date the invention of the wheel. Bronze wedges were used in quarries in Ancient Egypt circa 3,000BC to break and shape rock during mining. There is also evidence that Native Americans used antler wedges to build canoes and dwellings. They also used stone wedges to make tools such as axes and knives (both of which are types of wedges themselves). 

Why Shim Technology Needed New Ideas

With thousands of years of development, interestingly wedges have mostly stayed the same. The most common types of shims are smooth and made of metal or wood. These have their advantages and disadvantages. Metals can be very strong, taking a lot of force, but they can also rust, degrade, and stain other materials when in contact with water. Metal is also quite expensive, and not easily manipulated. Wooden shims on the other hand are cheap, and easily manipulated and shaped. But wood can also warp, rot, and stain other materials when water is present. Both of these options work in certain situations, but they have limitations.

Plastic Shims with interlocking ridges

A New, Modern Shim for Stability

Living in a 115 year old home that didn’t have a level floor board in it, meant all of our furniture wobbled and listed. We decided that we needed a solution that offered stability. Stacking metal, wood, or plastic shims that were available at the time always resulted in the shims slipping and not staying in place. Shims needed some way to grip that would allow them to stack safely and remain firmly where you needed them. This is why we decided to invent the Wobble Wedge®.

The First Patented Plastic Shim with Interlocking Ridges

Wobble Wedges® were invented in 1985 to create a truly modern plastic shim that could eliminate the issues of other shims that were in the market at the time. We designed Wobble Wedges® as an interlocking modular system of tapered shims. The interlocking ridges allowed Wobble Wedge® plastic shims to stack on top of each other. Each plastic shim was designed to resist movement from all directions, no sliding side to side or forward and back. This allowed the Wobble Wedge® plastic shim to stay where you put it, be that gripping a surface or gripping another Wobble Wedge®. We didn’t set out to get patents, but ultimately our designs earned 2 patents for our interlocking ridges. 

Wobble Wedge®, the Most Versatile Modern Plastic Shim

Wobble Wedges® are made from plastic because it won’t rot, warp or cause discoloration when in contact with water. It’s also cheap, durable, and allows us to make plastic shims in both hard/rigid and soft/flexible options. Our hard/rigid plastic shims can take +2,000lbs of force, while the soft/flexible versions are strong and cushioned enough to use with delicate porcelain. We also designed the Wobble Wedge® plastic shim in 4 sizes with the same interlocking ridges so that you can use all 4 sizes together. Wobble Wedges® are equally effective at stabilizing a wobbly restaurant table, installing a toilet or leveling a backyard fountain as they are in shimming aluminium aircraft panels on an industrial assembly line.

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The Best Plastic Shims for Plumbers

The Best Plastic Shims for Plumbers

Made from Durable Plastic, Wobble Wedges® are Perfect for Plumbers

When we designed Wobble Wedges® we had plumbers in mind! Our plastic shims are ideal for use in bathrooms and wet-rooms, as they won’t warp or deteriorate or cause discoloration if they come into contact with water. Our soft plastic shims are strong enough to provide stability, while also soft enough to be used with porcelain to prevent cracking. Read on to learn why Wobble Wedges® are the best plastic shims for plumbers.

The Perfect Toilet Shim

Whether you’re fixing a wobbly toilet or installing a brand new toilet, Wobble Wedge® toilet shims are perfect for this job. Made of a soft, durable plastic they are firm enough to level a toilet, while providing cushion to the porcelain, preventing cracks. Other methods of shimming (pennies, wooden shims, hard plastic shims, etc.) have their downsides. For instance, being too firm and potentially cracking the delicate porcelain. While wooden shims can rot from water damage. Soft plastic Wobble Wedge® toilet shims won’t have these issues, they are unaffected to water and flexible enough to not cause cracks. Just a few of the reasons why we think Wobble Wedges® are the best plastic shims for plumbers.

To read about using Wobble Wedge® toilet shims to install a new toilet read our blog “How to Install a New Toilet.” And to read about using our toilet shims to fix a wobbly toilet check out our blog “How to Fix a Wobbly Toilet.”

Plastic Shims for Plumbers, ideal for installing toilets

Ideal for Bathtub Installation

While installing a porcelain bathtub you often have to shim it to bring it to level and facilitate good drainage. Just like with toilets, porcelain bathtubs can crack if they are shimmed with a hard, rigid wedge. This is why we suggest Wobble Wedge® soft plastic shims for all projects that involve porcelain. Read more on our blog post “Installing a Bathtub” to learn how to use Wobble Wedges® for this task.

Great for Shower Enclosure Installation

As we’ve mentioned before, Wobble Wedge® plastic shims are ideal for bathroom projects. The plastic won’t warp or deteriorate and won’t cause discoloration from water. This is why they’re perfect for bathrooms and wet-rooms. We believe that our shims offer the stability and durability that plumbers are looking for in a plastic shim. There are several points while installing a shower enclosure that you might have to use shims. Read our blog “How to Install a Shower Enclosure” to see how Wobble Wedge® plastic shims can be used during installation.

Level Bathroom Vanities

If you’re installing a bathroom vanity, Wobble Wedges® can come in handy for this task too. They come in three sizes, BigGaps™ that are .48” high, Standards at .25” high, and Minis at .16” high. With all of these sizes they can be used for many different bathroom tasks. They can also be conveniently stacked, and will stay put, thanks to their patented interlocking ridges. Use Wobble Wedges® to level a bathroom vanity, as well as shim the back of it. Read more on our blog post “Leveling a Bathroom Vanity.”

Plastic Shims for Plumbers

Stabilize Washing Machines

If you’re fixing a washing machine and notice that it’s unbalanced, our shims can help! If the feet on the machine aren’t adjustable, or are stripped, Wobble Wedge® plastic shims allow you to stabilize the machine. Obviously this isn’t a permanent fix. But if your client doesn’t want to pay for you to remove the foot or replace the machine, a hard plastic Wobble Wedge® will fix the problem. To learn more about using Wobble Wedges® to level washing machines, check out our blog “How to Level a Washing Machine.”

Our shims come in two types, hard and soft plastic. Hard shims are ideal for heavy objects, taking +2,000 lbs of force. Both types of shims can be combined, because the interlocking ridges will stay together when stacked. Learn how hard and soft plastic Wobble Wedges® can work together on our blog “Hard & Soft Plastic Shims Work Together.” This versatility means they are the ideal plastic shim for plumbers.

Stop Rattling Pipes

If you’re looking for a quick fix for rattling pipes, our soft plastic Wobble Wedges® come in handy! Because they are made from a flexible plastic, they can bend around a pipe going through a joist to cushion it, stopping the rattle. They can also be used to pad pipe hangers or appliance lines if they vibrate and make noise. Learn more on our blog “Silence Rattling Pipes.”

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Wobble Wedges® for Gym Owners and Managers

Stabilize Gym Equipment, Free-standing Weight Racks and More! 

Gym equipment gets a lot of rough use, and can quickly become unstable. This can be a serious safety hazard and liability to your gym. Wobble Wedges® provide the perfect solution to this heavy use, as they are made from a strong, durable plastic. They can easily be carried around in a pocket by gym staff to fix issues as they arise. From leveling heavy gym machines to free-weight stands to locker room issues. Read on for 6 ways gym owners and managers can use Wobble Wedges® throughout their gyms.

Leveling Heavy Gym Machines

Heavy gym equipment needs to be stable and not move around so that your patrons remain safe. If your weight machines rock back and forth, Wobble Wedge® plastic shims can stabilize them. Our hard plastic shims can take +2,000 lbs of force, meaning even your heaviest gym equipment can be stabilized with Wobble Wedges®.

Figuring out where the wobble is might take two people, one to use the equipment and one to look for the imbalance. Once you’ve found where the equipment lifts off the ground, place a hard plastic Wobble Wedge® shim into the opening. If it still rocks, you can safely stack Wobble Wedge® plastic shims because of the patented interlocking ridges. The ridges mean that the shims will stay together and not slip!

Stabilize Treadmills and Ellipticals

Treadmills and ellipticals are definitely some of the hardest working equipment at your gym. The heavy use inevitably means they breakdown over time. To keep your gym patrons safe keeping them level and secure is important. Wobble Wedge® plastic shims can be used to stabilize the feet of these machines if they have stopped being secure. Use the same method as above to find the source of the imbalance. Then use hard Wobble Wedge® plastic shims to bring the machines back to stability.

Leveling Weight Stands

Free weight stands carry quite a heavy load, and if they rock or lean this can lead to weights falling and potential injuries to patrons. To level your weight stands, remove all of the weights from the stand and check it with a level. Place Wobble Wedge® hard plastic shims under the feet that don’t completely make contact with the floor. Replace the weights and check with a level, making sure the unit is stable. Add more plastic shims as necessary.

Leveling Heavy Gym Machines

Stabilize Upright, Horizontal and Wall-mounted Barbell Holders

Barbells can be stored in a variety of configurations, but as they are heavy without adding weights, they need to be secure to prevent injury. Free-standing upright and horizontal holders likely don’t have adjustable feet, so they will need shims to stabilize them. Place a level on the stand and check it in all directions. Insert hard plastic Wobble Wedge® shims under the side of the stand that is opposite to the bubble on your level. Add shims as necessary to bring the bubble to the middle of the level. For wall-mounted holders you would only have an issue if the walls of your gym aren’t plumb. If that’s the case, you will want to use a level when installing your wall-mounted unit. Place plastic shims as necessary under the piece that mounts to the wall. The weight of the holder will keep the shims in place.

Stabilize and Level Free-standing Lockers in Locker Rooms

If your gym has free-standing lockers they can over time become unstable and list. It’s probably no easy task to take apart these heavy units to re-tighten all the screws and joints. So to stop them from leaning, you use Wobble Wedges® to bring them back to level. Place both hands on the locker and gently push it to see where it lifts off the ground. Have a coworker place a hard plastic shim under the corner(s) that lift off. You can use a large level to verify that it’s plumb, but more than likely just stopping it from rocking will stabilize the unit.

Fix Issues in Your Gym’s Bathrooms

Wobble Wedges® are ideal for bathroom projects. Because they are made of durable plastic they won’t rot or warp when in contact with water. They were originally made as toilet shims, as the soft plastic version protects the delicate porcelain and is strong enough to stabilize the toilet. From fixing a wobbling toilet, installing a new toilet, to leveling bathroom vanities during installation, Wobble Wedges® will come in handy! Check out our blog on how to use Wobble Wedges® in bathrooms.

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How to Install a Shower Enclosure

How to install a shower enclosure

Plastic Shims Are Perfect For Use in Bathrooms

Installing a shower enclosure is a great way to update your bathroom and improve the value of your home. While installing you will need to use shims to make sure that the unit is level. We highly recommend using Wobble Wedge® plastic shims because they are water resistant. They won’t rot or breakdown over time, making them ideal for use in bathrooms. Here’s how to install a shower enclosure with Wobble Wedge® plastic shims:

How to Install a Shower Enclosure

These instructions assume you have removed your old shower/tub, have chosen the correct size insert for your space, and have an empty opening ready for installing the new shower. Please note that you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions that came with the shower enclosure. 

  • Verify the level of the subfloor and walls. It is particularly important that the floor is level so that the shower will drain properly. Ripping out the subfloor and installing new so that it’s level is a good idea if it’s very uneven. Wobble Wedge® hard plastic shims can be used to correct any variations in the subflooring by placing them on the studs under the subflooring. When screwing down the subfloor, be sure to place screws in the same locations as the plastic shims to keep them in place. If it’s close to level, you can do some additional leveling during the shower pan installation.
  • Rough in the drain line and plumbing for the showerhead and control valve on one side of the shower wall.
  • Now it’s time to dry fit! Place the shower base into position and check for level on all sides. Add Wobble Wedge® soft plastic shims as necessary to bring it up to level. Tape the plastic shims into place. It is also recommended to place a piece of cardboard in the shower base to protect the finish while you work.
  • Once the base is level, mark the top edge of the base with a pencil on the studs along all three sides of the alcove. Now we’ll dry fit the walls. Start with the back wall of the shower, gently place it in position, locking the bottom tabs into the base. Hold it in place with tape so you can position the side walls.
  • Lock the side wall in place (the one without the plumbing fixtures). To fit the third wall you will first need to cut the holes for the plumbing fixtures. Measure the distance from the edge of the back wall panel to the center of the valve, now measure from the center of the value to the top of the shower base panel. Transfer these measurements to your third wall panel. 
  • Place the third panel on a flat surface to cut out the holes. You will want to use a hole saw for this, and make sure that the size of hole you are cutting is smaller than the cover plate for the fixtures. Drilling from the finished side will give you a cleaner cut. Once you’ve cut the holes, dry fit the third wall in place.
  • Verify the level of the walls of the shower enclosure. If they aren’t level, place soft plastic Wobble Wedge® shims behind the panels along the studs to bring it to level. Tape the plastic shims in place (you will nail them into place later). You can trim the plastic shims with snips or a knife to the right size if needed. Once it’s level, mark the top of the flange (the top of the wall where the nails will hold the walls to the studs) on all the studs around the walls. Carefully remove the walls and shower base.
  • If there are low spots on the subfloor, you can place gypsum plaster or bricklayer’s mortar on the low spots of the subfloor. Now place the shower base back into the alcove, remove the cardboard. Recheck it for level, adding any additional plastic shims as necessary. Make sure it’s correctly positioned over the drain. Using silicone caulk, apply a bead to the space between the shower pan and the drain and around the lip of the underside of the drain flange. Screw the flange into the drain and install the strainer into the drain, tightening both in place.
  • Now we’ll secure the shower base into place. Pre-drill holes around the flange and into every stud. Use roofing nails to attach the shower base to the studs. Place the cardboard back into the base to protect it while you finish installation.
  • Now place the back wall into place, locking it into the shower base. Pre-drill holes through the flange along every stud at the top and down the vertical side flanges, 8 inches on center for the sides. Secure the wall to the studs with galvanized roofing nails. Be sure that the nails go through your Wobble Wedge® plastic shims that you’ve placed along the studs, this will secure them in place. Repeat these steps with the side wall without plumbing fixtures.
  • Fit the third wall in place, verifying that all plumbing fixtures line-up properly. Repeat the pre-drilling and nailing as in the previous step.
  • Now to sealing, one of the most important steps to prevent leaks and moisture issues. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for sealing the unit. Some enclosures will require caulking, some will not. 
  • You’re almost done! Install water-resistant green board on the rest of the walls in the bathroom. It should overlap the flange on all sides, but leave a ⅛ inch gap to allow for caulk. Prime and paint the walls, and caulk the gaps between the drywall and the flange. Now install the fixtures and trim pieces per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Congrats! You can now install a shower enclosure!

PLEASE NOTE: Follow any manufacturer instructions that come with your shower enclosure kit.

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Installing a Bathtub

Installing a bathtub

Wobble Wedge® Plastic Shims Are Ideal for Bathroom Projects

When installing a new bathtub you will likely need to shim it so that it’s level. Wobble Wedge® plastic shims are perfect for bathroom projects because they won’t be affected by water. Here’s how to install a new porcelain bathtub:

  • Be sure to protect the inside and front of the porcelain while installing the bathtub with portions of the cardboard box it came in. 
  • Next you will want to make sure the subfloor is as flat as possible. Consider  tearing out the subfloor and replacing it if it’s particularly warped or uneven. Tubs often come with sound deadening and leveling pads for the underside. These will need to make full contact with the subfloor.
  • Using skids, place your bathtub into position. Check it for level, in all directions, as well as vertically. Shim the tub as necessary with Wobble Wedge® plastic shims. Our soft plastic shims won’t damage the porcelain of the tub. Wobble Wedge® plastic shims can be stacked thanks to their patented interlocking ridges, so you can stack them to fill any space. Our plastic shims are ideal for bathroom projects, as the durable plastic shims won’t rot, warp or be affected by moisture.
  • Once the tub is level, you will want to mark a reference line on the studs on all three sides of the tub. Then gently take out the tub and set it aside. To keep your plastic shims in place, you can tape them down to the subfloor.
  • Measure the height of the flange on the top of the tub, this measurement shows you how far down you need to place the stringer on the studs. The stringer will carry the weight of the bathtub.  Using the measurement you just took, mark the studs below your first reference marks on the studs. This indicates where the top of the stringer will sit.
  • Cut a 2×4 the length of your tub, screw the stringer into place along the lower reference mark.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing the drain. Work plumber’s putty in your hands into a snake and place it along the underside of the drain flange.
  • Place the drain shoe on the underside of the bathtub and screw the drain flange in place. Secure it fully with the drain tool, and remove any excess putty.
  • Now connect the overflow valve. Insert the rubber gasket into the overflow elbow, then place it behind the tub. Install the cover plate on the inside of the tub and attach it to the overflow elbow and gasket. Take the overflow pipe and drain pipe and make a tee connection between them. If your tub has a drain strainer, attach it now to the drain.
  • We’re almost done with installing the bathtub! Very carefully move the bathtub along the skids back into position. Be cautious to not move or knock the drain assembly. Once it’s in position the flange should rest on the stringer that you attached along the back wall of the tub.
  • Verify that the drain and overflow pipe aligns with the drain outlet in your bathroom. Connect the pipe from the tub to the drain outlet and tighten, be careful to not over-tighten.
  • Make sure the top of the tub meets the reference lines that you drew earlier on the studs. If not you can add more Wobble Wedge® plastic shims to bring the tub up to level. Once it’s level, attach the tub flange to the studs with roofing nails. The wider head of the nails will hold the flange in place, DO NOT use screws for this. Nail all the way around the tub, even down the front sides into the studs.
  • Now your tub is installed! The last component is the spout and attaching the water lines. You are now ready to install drywall, tile, baseboards, finishing moulding, and whatever other design elements you want to include. Be sure to wait 24hrs before using the tub to make sure all of the seals have fully set.

PLEASE NOTE: Follow any manufacturer instructions that came with your bathtub.

Add Wobble Wedge® plastic shims to your toolkit today!

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Plastic Shims for Bathroom Projects

Plastic Toilet Shim

Shims for Bathroom Projects like Fixing and Installing Toilets, Vanities, and More!

Wobble Wedges® shims are ideal for bathroom projects in wet-rooms because our plastic shims won’t be affected by water. Our plastic shims are rot-, mold-, and warp-proof, making them perfect to use where water and humidity are high. Below we break down some of the ways that you can use Wobble Wedges® plastic shims to fix or remodel your bathroom.

Fixing a Wobbly Toilet

A wobbling toilet is annoying, but if it’s not fixed it can break the wax ring and lead to a leaking toilet (much worse!). So if your toilet wobbles, it’s best to fix it quickly before you have to deal water damage. Wobble Wedge® plastic toilet shims are perfect to stop the wobble and blend right in. Our soft plastic toilet shims are sturdy enough to stop the movement of the toilet and soft enough that they won’t damage the porcelain. And since they come in clear/translucent, white, or black, they will blend in and no one will be the wiser. Read our blog “Fix a Wobbly Toilet” to get the details.

Installing a Toilet

If you need to start from scratch and install a new toilet, we have you covered there too! When installing a toilet, you want to start on the level; so if the flooring in uneven or the last toilet rocked, you will need to shim the new toilet. Using a soft plastic toilet shim or two will allow you to easily install your new toilet. Read our blog “Putting in a Toilet” to learn how Wobble Wedge® toilet shims can help you tackle this project.

Plastic Toilet Shim

Leveling a Bathroom Vanity

Putting in a new bathroom vanity can really change the look of your bathroom, and can be a great do-it-yourself remodel. We recommend using plastic shims in any situation that might come in contact with water, and a vanity is one of them. Wobble Wedge® plastic shims won’t rot or warp or be affected if water should come in contact with them. Read our blog “Leveling a Bathroom Vanity” to learn how to level a vanity during installation.

Stop Rattling Pipes

If the pipes in your bathroom rattle or make noise when you turn on the taps it could be that they aren’t sitting securely in place. Water pipes are typically held in place with brackets or pipe hangers, but if they aren’t held firmly the pipe can vibrate, causing a noise. Checking the water lines isn’t always easy, but if you have access (via a basement or crawlspace) you can probably stop the noise without having to pay someone to come out and fix it. Read our blog “Silence Rattling Pipes” to learn more.

Wobble Wedges® are the perfect plastic shims for your bathroom projects! Add them to your toolbox today!

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Silence Rattling Pipes

Absorb Vibration and Reduce or Eliminate Rattles

One of the joys of modern plumbing is access to water in an instant. But often in older homes or if fittings become loose, you will hear loud bangs and rattling coming from your pipes. If you have water pipes that make too much noise, you might not have immediately thought of Wobble Wedge® plastic shims as the solution; but our soft/flexible plastic wedges are actually perfect to silence your rattling pipes woes.

Fixing a Rattle from a Pipe Hanger and Water Line

One of the most common reasons for pipes to make noise is from vibrations against the brackets holding them in place. Make sure the brackets and pipe hangers are fully tightened, the vibrations from the pipe could have loosened the fittings. If they’re still making noise, slide a soft/flexible Wobble Wedge® plastic shim in between the pipe and the fitting. If the space is too tight, loosen the fitting enough to fit in the wedge and then tighten the bracket again. Our soft/flexible wedges are made of a rubbery plastic that will absorb the vibrations from the pipe, and will silence your rattling pipes.

Stop Vibrations Against a Joist

Another place where pipes can rattle, is if they are running through joists and knocking against the wood of the joist. If this is where your rattles are coming from, wedge a soft/flexible plastic Wobble Wedge® shim in between the joist and the pipe. Wobble Wedges’ patented ridges along with the rubbery texture of the soft plastic shims will grip the pipe and the joist to dampen the noise.

Appliance Water Lines Making a Racket

If there are annoying noises when the water kicks on for the appliances in your house, it could be that the water line is vibrating or rubbing against something. Check to see if the water line connected to your appliance is making contact with something it shouldn’t, like a cord, fixture, or the wall. Any contact that isn’t dampened could be the source of the noise. To fix this simply wedge one of our soft plastic shims in between the water line and whatever it’s hitting. Because our soft shims are made of a flexible plastic, you can secure the Wobble Wedge® by bending it around the pipe and taping it in place.

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Leveling a Bathroom Vanity

Level a bathroom vanity, custom stone counter top, with Wobble WedgesPlastic Wedges Are Perfect for Bathroom Installations

You might not notice a bathroom vanity isn’t level at first; washing your hands or brushing your teeth won’t be affected. But try to set a round object on your wonky vanity and it’ll roll right off, and could shatter on your tile floor! So when you’re installing a new vanity it’s very important to bring it up to level. Wobble Wedges® make a great solution for bathroom shim needs because plastic wedges won’t be affected by water.

Why Use Plastic Wedges?

Plastic wedges have lots of advantages, but those become especially clear when it comes to wet-rooms, like bathrooms, kitchens, utility rooms, and the outdoors. Using plastic wedges instead of wooden shims helps to prevent mold and rot that can occur when humidity is present. Wobble Wedge® plastic shims will provide you the stability you need for leveling and the security of knowing they won’t degrade over time.

Level the Vanity

Follow the manufacturer’s directions for specific steps, but the following instructions follow a typical installation process. Put the entire vanity unit in place and draw a line along the top on the wall. Along this line mark where the studs are (use an electric stud finder or if the old vanity was located in the same spot, the old screw locations might tell you where the studs are). At this point removing the top/sink of the vanity and the doors/drawers can make for easier installation (refer to the manufacturer’s instructions).

Using a 2ft level, check that the vanity is level front-to-back and side-to-side. If it isn’t level, use Wobble Wedge® hard plastic shims to bring it up to level. We have three sizes of shims, and you can use any combination of them to get the height you need. BigGap are .48”, Standard are .25″, and Minis are .16″, and they can be safely stacked because the patented interlocking ridges prevent slips! Standard and Mini Wobble Wedges® can be scored with a utility blade and then snapped at the needed size. For BigGap Wobble Wedges® cutting them down to size may require a heavier cutting tool to remove the excess shim.

Shim and level a stone backsplash or the back of your vanity with Wobble WedgesShim the Back of the Vanity

Once you’re sure the vanity is level, verify that the back of the vanity is flush to the wall. If there is a gap caused by the wall not being plumb, you can use Wobble Wedges® to fill the space. The reason it is important to fill this space is because as you screw the vanity tight up to the wall it will pull the unit out of level. Use two (or more) Wobble Wedges® stacked at each stud where you will attach the vanity to the wall. Pre-drill holes through the mounting board and shims, and then secure the vanity with screws. Check for level again before you fully set the screws in place, and add more shims as necessary.

Now your bathroom vanity is level, and you can proceed with the rest of the installation!

Custom Bathroom Countertops Installed with Wobble Wedges

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How to Install a New Toilet

Wobble Wedge® Plastic Toilet Shims Make Installing a Toilet Easy

There are going to be a thousand frustrations when you install a toilet. Don’t let an uneven floor be one of them. Wobble Wedge® plastic toilet shims make leveling a toilet easy!

Remember when buying your new toilet that you need to measure from the wall to the closet bolts on your old toilet to be sure your new toilet is going to fit. Measure from the wall, NOT the baseboard, this is key to making sure you buy a toilet that will fit.

First thing’s first, remove the old toilet!

  1. Turn off the water supply, flush the toilet and then use a sponge to remove the leftover water from the tank.
  2. Disconnect the water lines from the tank, place a bucket underneath and then unscrew the nuts holding the tank and remove the tank. Wear gloves for all of these tasks, just in case the porcelain breaks!
  3. Unscrew the bolts holding the basin to the floor, use a sponge to get out any water still in the bowl and then remove the toilet bowl.
  4. Place a towel into the drain in the floor so nothing drops down and the gases from the sewer don’t vent into your home. Remove the old wax ring, use a scraper to clean off the flange as you will want a nice clean seal for your new toilet.
  5. Remove the old closet bolts from the flange and then make any repairs the flange may need. (Making sure the flange is in great shape is very important to getting your new toilet in, be sure you replace or repair it before you put in the new toilet!)

Plastic Toilet ShimsInstalling a New Toilet:

  1. Slide the new closet bolts into the flange and secure with the washers provided (Pro-tip: you can buy extra nuts to hold these closet bolts in place more firmly, this will help when trying to place the bowl and make it less likely that you’ll damage the new wax ring when installing.). Mark the location of the bolts on the floor with some masking tape to make it easier to see where they are for placement of the toilet.
  2. The wax ring is the most important part of installing your toilet, it makes the seal and any damage to it can mean you have to go out to get another one. It avoid this, do a dry-run WITHOUT the wax ring in place. After you’ve added the closet bolts put the toilet bowl in place and see if the toilet wobbles. If it wobbles it will lead to lots of issues down the road, a rocking toilet can break the wax ring causing leaks and can lead to floor damage.
  3. If the toilet is wobbling take your soft Wobble Wedge® plastic shims in white or clear and insert them around the edges. Soft Wobble Wedge® plastic shims will cushion the porcelain while providing stability, stopping the toilet from wobbling. The white or clear color of our toilet shims will blend right in, and no one will notice them. Tape down the plastic toilet shims in place, this will prevent the toilet shims from moving out of position when you remove the bowl to add the wax ring.
  4. Remove the bowl and the rag in the drain line. Place the wax ring onto the flange and then VERY CAREFULLY lower the toilet bowl back into place. This step is where the most errors happen, because the wax ring can so easily be damaged. Take your time. Once the toilet is in place, loosely tighten the nuts on the closet bolts and check for any more wobbling. Add anymore toilet shims as necessary to fix the rocking toilet, and then add the cap bases, washers and nuts. Tighten the bolts alternating from side to side to keep the pressure even. Be sure you don’t over tighten, as you can accidentally crack the porcelain.
  5. After the bolts are secure, cut off any exposed portions of the plastic toilet shims with a utility knife. And use a hacksaw to cut down the bolts so that they can be covered with the bolt caps.
  6. Attaching the tank is next, flip it over and install the bolts that hold it to the bowl. Place the rubber gasket into the base and then place the tank onto the bowl. Tighten the nuts on the tank by hand then tighten further with a wrench. Again, be careful to not over-tighten. Use a level to make sure the tank is sitting level.
  7. Hook up the water line to the tank and slowly turn the water back on. Check for leaks, small leaks might just mean some bolts need to be tightened more. But if there is a leak around the floor after a test flush, this is likely from the wax ring getting damaged during installation. You will need to get a new wax ring and reinstall the bowl.
  8. The final touch is installing the toilet seat with a screwdriver and adding the top to the tank.
  9. Congratulations, you installed a toilet!

Some “how to sites” recommend that you caulk around the base of your toilet after installing it, but this can hide leaks and lead to severe floor damage before you realize you have a leaking toilet. Not caulking will allow you to see the leak, and fix the issue before it gets any worse.

PLEASE NOTE: Follow any manufacturer instructions included with your toilet.

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Hard & Soft Plastic Shims Work Together

Plastic Shims with interlocking ridges

Combine Wobble Wedges® for Versatile Functions

One word that should come to mind when you think of Wobble Wedges is “versatility”. The hard and soft plastic shims are perfect for different functions. From working great as furniture levelers to stopping items from sliding on your hardwood floors, and so many uses in between. But the best part of Wobble Wedge® shims is that they can be used together to add even more uses.

Hard Shims for Furniture on Soft Flooring

Hard plastic shims are great for supporting furniture on carpets or soft flooring, where the firm shim will give the stability you need. They also work great with heavy items, like a wobbly workbench in your garage. Use the hard plastic shims, which come in black or clear, under the workbench to keep it steady while you work! Wobble Wedge hard plastic shims can support over 2,000 lbs, so even your heaviest items can be stabilized.

Soft Furniture Shims for Items on Hard Flooring

Soft plastic shims are perfect when the item you’re supporting is delicate or dentable, like a vintage wood cabinet, and the soft plastic means they won’t leave a mark on your cabinet or on your floor. They also work great on hard flooring, like hardwood, tile, or laminate. The soft rubber “grips” the floor and keeps your furniture from sliding. If you sit down on your couch and it moves a few inches each time, pretty soon it’ll be in another room! But luckily you can use soft plastic shims, which come in three colors, black, clear, and white, to keep your furniture in place, no more sliding!

Combine Shims for Versatile Uses

The best part of Wobble Wedges is that the hard and soft shims can be combined to work together! Need to level a wooden cabinet on carpeting? A hard plastic shim gives stability on the carpeted floor, and use a soft shim to pad the delicate woodwork of the cabinet. With the patented interlocking ridges on Wobble Wedges using two shims together means they won’t slip! Have a heavy table that you don’t want sliding around on your laminate flooring? Use a soft shim to stop it from sliding, and a hard shim to firmly hold that heavy table in place.

Another great aspect of Wobble Wedges is that you can combine the different sizes to fill any gap. Stack two or stack five, the interlocking ridges will keep them firmly together. Use a Big Gap wedge with a Standard Sized wedge to fill a ¾ inch or larger space. A Standard Sized shim and a Mini Wobble Wedge can be combined for spaces less than half an inch. Two Big Gap wedges can fill nearly a 1 inch gap, really the combinations are endless!

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