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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

Plastic 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 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 installation!

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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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How to Evenly Spread Glue

Evenly spread glue

Spread glue with Wobble Wedges® for an easy, no-mess application

How do you evenly spread glue on a surface without making a mess or ruining your applicator? Wobble Wedge® plastic leveling shims are a quick, easy, and affordable solution for leveling furniture and appliances, stabilizing a wobbly toilet, or fixing a leaning bookcase. You probably wouldn’t think of Wobble Wedges when you’re looking for a flawless glue applicator, but this is actually one of the surprising ways that Wobble Wedges® can come in handy around the home. Our soft plastic shims flex around objects with texture or curvature, allowing you to evenly spread glue without making a mess.

What makes a Wobble Wedge perfect for spreading glue?

Wobble Wedges are available in soft and hard plastic. The soft plastic easily flexes and bends around objects with curvature or texture, allowing for an even, consistent application of glue. Wobble Wedge plastic shims feature unique, patented ridges that catch and hold the glue, allowing you to evenly spread glue on a surface without leaving clumps or globs. Simply rinse your Wobble Wedge clean and store for future use, or dispose after application.

wood glue spreader

The perfect wood glue spreader

Carpenters and craftsmen rejoice! The perfect wood glue applicator is finally here. Wobble Wedges evenly spread wood glue on flat, contoured, and textured surfaces. Simply squeeze a small amount of wood glue onto the flat side of a Wobble Wedge and drag the wedge (glue side down) along the surface onto which you’d like to apply the glue. Add wood glue to the underside of the Wobble Wedge as necessary to apply a consistent coat.

Wash and re-use or simply throw away

It’s easy to wash the glue off your Wobble Wedge when the glue is still wet. Wash the Wobble Wedge under warm running water and use your fingers to remove any excess glue from the interlocking ridges. Pat your Wobble Wedges dry with a paper towel or let them air dry and store for future use. Did your glue applicator get caked with dry glue? No worries! Wobble Wedges are an excellent disposable options for spreading glue.

Spread wood glue

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How to Level a Washing Machine

Use Wobble Wedges® to Fix a Washer that Shakes, Vibrates or Walks

An unbalanced washing machine can sound downright violent rattling and shaking in your laundry room. If your washing machine shakes, moves, vibrates, or walks it is most likely because your washing machine is not placed on perfectly level ground and becomes unbalanced and wobbly as the heavy laundry whirls through its wash cycle. If your washing machine isn’t placed on perfectly level ground, one or more of the “feet” may have the ability to raise slightly off the floor, causing the washing machine to become unbalanced and noisy as the unlevel foot raises and lowers down. As the speed of your wash cycle increases, the vibration gets worse. To fix a washer that shakes or vibrates, use a Wobble Wedge® leveling shim to level the base of your washer and stop rattling and wobbling at the source.

Check to see if your washing machine is level

Do you suspect your washing may be unbalanced because it’s on an uneven flooring material? Place both of your palms firmly against the top of the washing machine. Push to gently rock your washing machine front to back and side to side. If your washing machine sways, and one or more feet lift off the ground, then your washing machine is not level.

Level your washing machine with Wobble Wedges

Once you have identified which foot (or feet) lift off the ground, use a Wobble Wedge plastic shim to secure and stabilize the bottom of your washing machine. These patented tapered shims slide easily into place, then firmly hold their grip to prevent your washing machine from wobbling, vibrating, or walking. Our soft plastic Wobble Wedge shims are ideal for stabilizing appliances on hard flooring materials, like wood, tile, or linoleum. Use hard plastic Wobble Wedges for appliances on soft flooring materials, like carpet or rugs.

fix a washer that shakes and moves

Prevent mold and mildew in your washing machine

When you keep Wobble Wedges around your house, you won’t believe the number of surprising ways you’ll find to use them! We use Wobble Wedges to prop open the door of our front loading washing machine when it’s not in use to prevent that musty, moldy smell. Simply insert one of our soft plastic leveling wedges near the hinges to keep the door from swinging all the way closed. This will allow fresh air to circulate in your washing machine and prevent any build up of mold or mildew.

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Prevent Slipping, Scratching & Marks When Using a Vice

Use Wobble Wedges® to stabilize and protect materials in a vice clamp

Securing delicate materials in a vice clamp can be a challenge. Shiny metals will slip in a vice clamp if it’s not tightened down enough and will scratch or dent if the vice is overtightened. This can be a problem for plumbers or handymen looking to manipulate delicate copper pipes and is especially detrimental for jewelry makers looking to solder and polish particularly sensitive metals like silver and gold. Our soft plastic tapered shims are perfect for holding delicate materials in a vice to prevent slipping and scratch marks.

Hold piping and soft metal materials in a vice clamp

Securing a round pipe in a vice with a flat clamping surface can be a pain, especially if you can’t overtighten the vice and risk denting or scratching the material. Wobble Wedge® tapered plastic shims are perfect for keeping material from slipping in a vice and avoiding swirl marks, bites, or scratches. Simply place soft plastic Wobble Wedges on either side of your material. Use the tapered structure to help secure round piping or any material with curvature. The soft plastic  wedge material is flexible and will bend around your material while the patented ridges help grip your material and prevent slipping in the vice.

Avoid vice bites, scratches and marks

Use Wobble Wedge soft plastic shims to help avoid vice vites, scratches, and marring of the surface of your material. The soft plastic wedges help protect your delicate material from any sharp grooves on the clamps of your vice. Allowing you to tighten the vice enough to securely hold your materials WITHOUT causing vice bites or scratches. Our tapered leveling shims are designed with a flexible soft plastic that will gently absorb the pressure of the vice clamp and hold your material in place.

Perfect for plumbers and jewelers

Plumbers working with soft metal piping materials need to be able to perform careful soldering and fittings without creating dents or misshaping the pipe. Plumbers will also want to keep Wobble Wedge plastic shims in their tool box for leveling wobbly toilets and silencing rattling pipes. Jewelers working with especially delicate metals can’t risk damaging an expensive piece by overtightening their vice clamp. Jewelers can utilize standard sized soft plastic Wobble Wedge and Mini Wobble Wedges depending on the size of the material to be held in the vice.

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The Perfect Shop Tool

What makes a Wobble Wedge the perfect leveling wedge?

  • Level and stabilize power tools: table saws, band saws, & workbench
  • Use as a disposable glue scraper….glue won’t adhere to it
  • Install, level and plumb shop cabinets
  • Level & stabilize workpieces
  • Level granite countertops seams for a perfect fit
  • Temporarily tighten and secure cabinet joints or other wood joints while gluing

Click to learn more about the Shop Shim Variety Pack.

What makes a Wobble Wedge the perfect leveling wedge?

  • Level and stabilize power tools: table saws, band saws, & workbench
  • Use as a disposable glue scraper….glue won’t adhere to it
  • Install, level and plumb shop cabinets
  • Level & stabilize workpieces
  • Level granite countertops seams for a perfect fit
  • Temporarily tighten and secure cabinet joints or other wood joints while gluing

Click to learn more about the Shop Shim Variety Pack.

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5 Ways Wobble Wedge® Toilet Shims Save Valuable Time

#1 Stack ’em—Wobble Wedges Won’t Slip In Any Direction

Fix a wobbly toilet with Wobble Wedges, the only toilet shims that feature Secure-Stackability™ in any orientation and any combination. Stack them tall, flat or tapered. Once stacked, they won’t slip up or down or side to side under any pressure. They won’t even twist apart.

#2 Trim Them to Fit—They Cut like Butter

Soft Wobble Wedges are so easy to trim some plumbers say, “They’re the flexible shim that cuts like butter.”™ Slip one or more under the back of a wobbly toilet, tighten the bolts, and slice off the excess shim with one stroke of a sharp utility knife. It’s easy, precise, fast to fix a wobbly toilet with Wobble Wedges!

Toilet Shim fix a wobbly toilet

#3 Grab Them—Even When They’re in Too Far

Wobble Wedge<sup>®</sup> Toilet Shims are easy to adjust or retrieve even if they’re pushed in too far.

To get your wedge back there is no need to lift the toilet. Just squeeze the Grab Bar with needle nose pliers to pull it out and reposition it. No other toilet shim has this very handy and time-saving feature.

#4 Level and Stabilize—Even Over Rough or Uneven Surfaces

Under slight pressure, the rubber-like texture of Soft Wobble Wedges conforms to the shape of the toilet and the floor, creating a powerful non-slip grip and a reliable foundation for leveling and stabilizing. At the same time, as you tighten the toilet bolts the Wobble Wedges exert a gentle resistive force between the toilet and floor to ensure long term stability.

#5 Won’t Shrink, Swell or Rot Away—Count on Them for Years

Once installed Soft Wobble Wedges stay put and do their work for years. They will not shrink, swell or rot away even with routine exposure to moisture. This means less repairs and fewer call backs after initial installation.

Only Wobble Wedges feature Secure-Stackability™

Once you stack’em, they stay put!

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#1 Stack ’em—Wobble Wedges Won’t Slip In Any Direction

Fix a wobbly toilet with Wobble Wedges, the only toilet shims that feature Secure-Stackability™ in any orientation and any combination. Stack them tall, flat or tapered. Once stacked, they won’t slip up or down or side to side under any pressure. They won’t even twist apart.

#2 Trim Them to Fit—They Cut like Butter

Soft Wobble Wedges are so easy to trim some plumbers say, “They’re the flexible shim that cuts like butter.”™ Slip one or more under the back of a wobbly toilet, tighten the bolts, and slice off the excess shim with one stroke of a sharp utility knife. It’s easy, precise, fast to fix a wobbly toilet with Wobble Wedges!

Toilet Shim fix a wobbly toilet

#3 Grab Them—Even When They’re in Too Far

Wobble Wedge<sup>®</sup> Toilet Shims are easy to adjust or retrieve even if they’re pushed in too far.

To get your wedge back there is no need to lift the toilet. Just squeeze the Grab Bar with needle nose pliers to pull it out and reposition it. No other toilet shim has this very handy and time-saving feature.

#4 Level and Stabilize—Even Over Rough or Uneven Surfaces

Under slight pressure, the rubber-like texture of Soft Wobble Wedges conforms to the shape of the toilet and the floor, creating a powerful non-slip grip and a reliable foundation for leveling and stabilizing. At the same time, as you tighten the toilet bolts the Wobble Wedges exert a gentle resistive force between the toilet and floor to ensure long term stability.

#5 Won’t Shrink, Swell or Rot Away—Count on Them for Years

Once installed Soft Wobble Wedges stay put and do their work for years. They will not shrink, swell or rot away even with routine exposure to moisture. This means less repairs and fewer call backs after initial installation.

Only Wobble Wedges feature Secure-Stackability™

Once you stack’em, they stay put!

Click to shop Wobble Wedges now!