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How to remove and install a toilet

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Remove an Existing Toilet

  1. Shut off the water supply.
  2. Flush the toilet to drain the water.
  3. Disconnect the water supply from the tank base. Turn the fitting counter clockwise. When unthreaded, gently pull down on the supply line.
  4. Remove the tie down nuts at the toilet bowl base. To do this you must first pry up the caps covering the tie down nuts.
  5. Remove the tank lid, and place it where it will not get knocked over.
  6. Lift the bowl to detach it from the floor, and be sure to keep it level to prevent spilling trapped water.

Resources for removing a toilet

  • Nylon or Brass fitting
  • Wrench
  • Plastic Caps
  • Screwdriver
  • Tie Down Nuts

Install Replacement Toilet

  1. Place seal around hole in bottom / outside of tank.
  2. Place tank on base.
  3. Insert bolts through tank and base, then tighten. Be sure not to over tighten these bolts too much or tank with crack.
  4. Ensure flange is tight to floor. If the flange is not tight on the floor it may be necessary to remove the old wax ring. Tighten or replace the flange screws if necessary
  5. Install flange bolts.
  6. Position wax ring on flange.
  7. Lower toilet onto flange. In order to properly seat the toilet onto the flange push down with one hand on each side of bowl.
  8. Install washers and nuts. Slowly hand tighten these nuts on each side of bowl to ensure proper seating of the toilet onto the flange.
  9. Install the caps.
  10. Reconnect the water line.
  11. Turn on water supply.
  12. Check for leaks. If there are from the tank go back to step 3. if there are any leaks from the base, go back to step 4. If there are any leaks from the water source go back to step 10.

Resources for installing a replacement toilet

  • Seal
  • Wrench
  • Flange bolts
  • Caps