6 Things to Know during Toilet Assembly 6 Things to Know during Toilet Assembly

Knowing about toilet assembly is crucial for either, removing and replacing it, or for fixing a related problem. In order to replace a toilet you have to first think about a few aspects of it and the reasons why it needs replacing.

1 - Start from the Bottom

If you are removing the toilet completely for the purpose of remodeling or refitting the entire bathroom you should disable all other water related bathroom fittings as well. Toilet assembly can be undertaken by an experienced do-it-yourselfer without too much trouble. Begin by removing the old toilet cistern and bowl. The wax ring will probably have been inserted into the flange washer ring. This also may need replacing, depending on the condition.

2 - Preparation

They say preparation is everything and when, it comes to plumbing in anything related to water it is of the essence that you get it right. Begin by removing the old toilet and make sure you have a new wax ring washer to replace the one that will come up with the old toilet. Prepare around the wax ring area, clear any small bits of debris and brush the area. Replace the wax ring and seal it properly. Once the wax ring is set in place you can put the toilet bowl on top of the wax ring. One mistake to avoid here is ensure that before you screw the closet bolts into place, that the toilet sewage pipe is in direct alignment with the wax ring.

3 – Tiled Floors

Installing a toilet onto a previously tiled floor can sometimes cause the toilet to not seal properly and leak. Avoid leakages by using rubber or plastic ‘keepers’ underneath the closet bolts.

4 – Setting the Bowl

When you set the new toilet bowl onto the flange washer, you should press it down very firmly so that the wax ring embeds into the flange washer. Sit on the toilet to ensure a firm fitting. There should be no gaps between the toilet bowl base and the floor. Install the cover clip, which is usually plastic and then slip the nut into the thread. Hand tighten the nut as far as you can before using a wrench to secure it.

5 – Setting the Tank (cistern)

Once the bowl is secured, place the tank on top of the resting hole at the back of the toilet bowl. Underneath the tank you should see a triangular shaped gasket. This is what holds the tank to the bowl and seals to prevent leaks. The gasket must be secured with the screws that came with the toilet. If the gasket is triangular there will be one screw for each point. Tighten those down inside the tank so that it is secure to the bowl.

6 – Leveling

Remember to have a spirit level ready. When your new toilet tank is secured to the bowl you should place the spirit level across the top of the tank and make sure both ends are exact. If the bolts that held the previous tank are already in line with the holes in the new tank they can be reused, but if the tank is a different size or dimension you will have to drill new holes prior to securing the tank to the bowl.

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