Toilet wax ring, on toilet or flange first?
I have installed a few toilets over the years and have always placed the wax ring on the toilet, then placed the toilet over the flange, carefully aligning the holes with the "wobbly" closet bolts. This is the way recommended in the current new toilet's installation instructions.
However, consulting my copy of Creative Homeowner Plumbing book I see they recommend "Install the new wax gasket on the toilet flange. Press the bolts into the wax to hold them upright." Next step, "using the closet bolts as guide, set the bowl onto the flange gasket..."
This latter method seems like it would be the better method, as the wax holding the bolts erect seems better having the bolts wiggle around while lowering the bowel with wax ring hanging on best it can. On the other hand, with the wax ring on the toilet, we know the bowel hole is aligned with the wax ring, not off-set some small amount.