How to Replace a Toilet
Because most toilets are comprised of a simple tank and bowl design, replacing a toilet is usually an easy project. Read this article for advice on replacing this type of toilet. If you have a different style toilet, the process will not be identical. Skip here for advice on stopping a toilet from constantly running. Always adhere to the packaging instructions. Look to the illustration shows the basic components of a toilet.
Preparing the Workspace
Begin by recording the space between the the closest bolt and the wall, which is termed the rough-in. A general rule is to expect a 12-inch space, but a sales associate at the home improvement store can help make sure you get the right size toilet.
Shut off the water and hold the lever to completely empty the tank and bowl. Thoroughly dry any water that is left in the unit.
Dismantle and Dispose of the Original Unit
Loosen and remove the coupling nut by applying an adjustable wrench. Pliers may also be required. Remove the bolts holding the tank in place and get the tank out of the way.Detach the tank from the wall if needed. Remove the hold-down bolts from the bowl, and remove the bowl.
Snap the seal between the bowl and its seat and easily lift the bowl away from the house. Plug the flange to keep sewer gases from leaking into your home.
Getting Ready to Install the New Toilet
Completely clean the entire space and install any new plumbing or hardware.
Ensure that the toilet flange rises .5-inches above the floor. Do a dry run and line up the toilet to ensure that all of the components install properly. Apply the first hold-down bolts.
Installing the New Unit
Generally speaking, the process for adding the new unit is the direct reverse of taking the old one out. Lay newspaper for protection, then once the bowl is inverted, seal
the soil flange to the toilet with a gasket.
Wax gaskets come both with and without sleeves. Seal the base of the toilet bowl according to the manufacturer's recommendation. Unplug the flange and place the bowl. Position the bowl over the floor so that the horn faces the flange and slowly put in place.
Apply downward pressure and rock the toilet into place. Make sure that the toilet is level.
Adding the Tank
Install any necessary hardware. Install the rubber spud washer according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once it's in place, place the tank. Finally put the tank mounting bolts in place.
Finishing the Project
Connect the water line using a coupling nut. Restore the water. Trim and caulk as necessary. Remove any excess material. Test the toilet and make sure it works properly.
Information in this article has been furnished by the National Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and associated contributors.