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Replacing a toilet may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and instructions, it can be a manageable DIY project. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to replace a toilet:
1. Gather the Necessary Tools and Materials
- New toilet
- Wax ring
- Adjustable wrench
- Putty knife
2. Prepare the Work Area
- Lay towels or a protective covering on the floor to catch any water or debris.
- Turn off the water supply valve located near the base of the toilet and flush the toilet to empty the tank and bowl.
- Use a plunger or sponge to remove any remaining water from the tank and bowl.
- Disconnect the water supply line from the bottom of the tank using an adjustable wrench.
3. Remove the Old Toilet
- Loosen and remove the nuts or bolts securing the toilet to the floor using an adjustable wrench or screwdriver.
- Carefully lift the toilet off the floor and place it on the towels or protective covering.
- Scrape away the old wax ring from the toilet flange using a putty knife. Ensure the flange is clean and free of debris.
4. Install the New Toilet
- Place a new wax ring onto the flange, ensuring it is centered and properly aligned.
- Position the new toilet bowl over the wax ring, aligning the mounting bolts with the corresponding holes on the flange.
- Gently press down on the toilet bowl to compress the wax ring and create a seal.
- Secure the toilet bowl to the floor by tightening the nuts or bolts with an adjustable wrench or screwdriver. Avoid overtightening to prevent damage to the toilet.
5. Attach the Tank
- Install the tank onto the toilet bowl, aligning the mounting holes.
- Insert the bolts through the mounting holes and secure them with washers and nuts. Tighten them evenly to ensure a secure fit.
6. Connect the Water Supply
- Reconnect the water supply line to the bottom of the tank, ensuring it is securely tightened.
- Turn on the water supply valve and check for any leaks around the connections. Tighten if necessary.
7. Test the New Toilet
- Slowly turn on the water supply valve and allow the tank to fill.
- Flush the toilet and check for proper flushing and refill.
- Inspect the base and connections for any leaks. Tighten or adjust as needed.
8. Clean Up
- Remove the protective covering and clean the surrounding area.
- Dispose of the old toilet responsibly, following local regulations.
If you’re uncomfortable with any step of the process or encounter unexpected complications, it’s recommended to seek the assistance of a professional plumber. They have the expertise to ensure a proper installation and address any challenges that may arise along the way.
Contact Home Choice Plumbing at 561-531-2366 for expert assistance with your plumbing concerns.