How to replace a toilet

How to replace a toiletYou don’t have to be a plumber to replace toilet. Many professionals will tell you that replacing a toilet is not as difficult as it sounds. It doesn’t matter if you’re replacing your toilet with a brand-new toilet, or if you’re just resetting it so it doesn’t leak the process is still the same. Follow these simple and basic steps that will have your toilet replacement job look like it was done by a professional plumber.

Before you go out and purchase the new toilet, you’ll want to take the time to measure the dimensions of the old toilet so that the new toilet will fit just like the old one. You’ll want to make sure you have all the materials necessary so you do not have to run back out of the hardware store because you forgot something.

What you will have to measure is called a rough-in. To do this all you have to do is measure the distance from the wall to the whole dome bolts that hold the toilet securely in place. Most of these rough-in distances are between 10 and 14 inches so you should have no problem finding a toilet that will match that. But if you are going to purchase a special order: be aware that you will spend much more money on that than a regular one. If you are buying any hardware for your new toilet such as bolts, make sure that you buy hardware that is made out of brass since brass resists corrosion.

Now that you have purchased all of the equipment that you need to replace the old toilet and you have purchased the new toilet, you will now only have to spend approximately 1/2 of one day for the entire job.

Start with removing the tank that sits on the back of the toilet. There will be two bolts that hold it in place in the back of the toilet on the flange, and these should be very easy to remove. When these have been removed tank should be lifted off gently. The next part of this is taking off the toilet bowl floor. The bolt is held down to the floor by two bolts that you will find on each side of the bowl near the floor.

Now, remove the bowl by rocking it back and forth gently. Once loosened, lift it off and remove it from the floor. When removing the bowl keep gases out of the house by stuffing the pipe with rags. Very important. Remove any old wax from the old wax seal and any old putty. Remove the rags and replace with the new toilet and any new water supply parts. Make sure you include new bolts to hold the bowl in place. Replace the water tank for the last step. Caulk around the base of toilet for sturdy seal. After all parts are in place return the water supply to the toilet, check for any leaks, and you have completed the job.

It’s not difficult to replace a toilet but some people still don’t want to mess with it. If that’s the case with you, just give me a call!

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