How To Replace A Toilet

Thom W. Conroy By Thom W. Conroy, 14th Mar 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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A toilet is not as hard to replace as you may believe.

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Whether the decision to change a toilet is based on a toilet's inability to function properly any longer or for purely aesthetic reasons the task is not nearly as difficult as one may think at first glance. In fact, the toughest part of changing a toilet is carrying the old one out of the home and the new one in due to the weight of the object. To replace a toilet requires very little mechanical skill and only a few tools are needed to complete the job quickly and properly. The best part of replacing a toilet is that in most instances all of the necessary hardware and instructions to install the new toilet usually come with the purchase and require only basic common sense to follow.

After purchasing a new toilet the first step to replace the old toilet is to remove it from the bathroom. First, turn off the water supply to the toilet and disconnect the water hose running from the water supply pipe to the toilet tank at it's entrance to the toilet tank. The next step to replace a toilet is to drain the water tank and toilet bowl. Flush the toilet and use either a rag or sponge to soak up any remaining water from the toilet tank and bowl. The toilet tank is usually affixed to the toilet bowl with a few nuts and after removing these the toilet tank can be lifted and removed from the home.

The next step to replace a toilet is to remove the toilet base from the bathroom floor - easily accomplished by removing the nuts that hold the toilet to the floor bolts. After this the toilet base should be lifted from the bolts by lifting it in a straight up manner, and it can then be taken away. It is important to prevent any sewer gas from entering the home, and this can be avoided by stuffing the toilet drain with a few rags but be careful that none of them fall into the flange opening. Now that the toilet is removed, inspect the drain flange and clean any old corroded material from the lip along with any bits of the old wax seal ring.

After removing the rags from the drain, to replace the old toilet with a new one take a new wax ring and press it firmly with the palm of your hand to the opening on the bottom of the new toilet base while applying good pressure. Carefully lift the toilet base and lower it onto the drain flange and floor bolts, and then place the nuts onto the bolts and tighten them. Next attach the toilet tank to the bowl in the same manner, and connect the water supply hose to the toilet tank. Turn on the water to allow the toilet tank to fill and flush the toilet to check for any water leaks. If all is good the job is completed, usually in less than an hour.


Bathrooms, Decor, Home, Home Improvement, Plumbing, Repairs, Toilet

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