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How to Replace a Toilet

How to Replace a Toilet

It doesn’t happen very often in the life of your house – BUT when you question, “How to Replace a Toilet?” – you need an answer pronto.

This article explains the best way to neatly and efficiently replace your old toilet to a brand spanking new one.  Surprisingly, it isn’t as hard as you may think.

Let’s get right to it.

You Will Need:

  • Bucket
  • Gloves
  •  Sponge
  • Old Rags or Towels
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Putty Knife
  • New Wax Ring
  • Supply Line
  • Johnny Bolts & Washers
  • New Toilet
  • Utility Knife

Step 1. Assemble your supplies/tools and new toilet together.  You will need a wrench, screwdriver, and pry bar and putty scraper.

Step 2. Turn off the water supply line and drain the old toilet.  The goal here is to make sure that the dirty waters don’t splash around everywhere.  Make sure to have old dry towels and a bucket handy.

Step 3. Disconnect the old toilet from the water supply.

Step 4. Detach old toilet from the floor.  This step is self-explanatory.  This is where you will actually remove the toilet and dispose of the old toilet in the next step.

Step 5. Dispose of the old toilet.  You can try not to get wet here.  The best way to the properly drain the toilet.  You may want to use old dry rags to sop up the old toilet waters.

 Step 6. Clean the toilet drain.  Remove the old putty and clean off the flange.  Once the old toilet is gone, the next thing you want to carefully do is to remove the old putty and debris from around the flange attached to the floor. 

Step 7. Put on the wax ring.  The wax ring goes onto the bottom opening of the new toilet.  Take the wax ring and seat it square onto the new toilets opening. This step is best done with the toilet inverted upside-down.

Step 8. Attach the new toilet to the flange.  The wax ring should be stuck to the underside of the toilet.  Turn the new toilet right-side up and place it on top of the flange opening.  Screw the toilet down onto the flange with the provided screws and bolts.

Step 9. Attach the water tank.  Once the toilet bowl base is attached to the floor with the wax ring firmly seated onto the flange, then you will attach water tank to the toilet bowl with screws.

Step 10. Attach water supply and internal fixtures to the toilet.

Step 11. Attach toilet seat.

Step 12. Complete and finalize toilet attachments.



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