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Do-It-Yourself Toilet Replacement

November 12, 2013

Do-It-Yourself Toilet Replacement

If your toilet is old enough that it has cracked or chipped and is not flushing properly, it’s time to replace it. Changing a toilet on your own may require some effort, but it can be done and is much better than having to hire someone to do it for you. Though it will take time, with the aid of proper tools and helpful instructions, it does not have to be difficult.

Here are the steps you will need to follow when replacing your toilet:

  1. Get rid of all the water by turning off the water at the supply valve and flushing the toilet. To help clear the water, hold down the flusher as long as possible. Use a bucket and a cloth or sponge to remove the remaining water or use a plunger.
  2. On the bottom of the tank, probably on the left side, remove the nut that attaches the water line to the ball cock valve. After this, detach the two bolts that lock the toilet to the floor.
  3. Remove the tank by placing your hand on either side of the base of the toilet and lifting it up. It is okay to rock it side-to-side to help it come loose. If the fixture is too heavy, ask for someone’s assistance. After detaching it, put it on a water resistant surface just in case any residual water remains.
  4. Scrape away the old wax ring. Inspect the flange to see if it is cracked or damaged.  If it is fine, place the floor bolts into the floor flange and put the wax ring on the flange.
  5. Position the toilet next to the flange and then lift it carefully over the bolts. Hand-tighten the nuts on both sides. Check to verify that the toilet is level. Do not tighten the nuts too much, as the pressure may cause cracks in the toilet.
  6. Connect the water supply. Try flushing a few times once the water is on to make sure that there are no leaks.
  7. Caulk the base of the toilet.

Chris George
Oklahoma City Realtor

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