Whether you’re remodeling your bathroom, upgrading your toilet or having to replace it due to irreparable problems, getting your new toilet put in correctly is the most important part of installing your new toilet. If your toilet is not installed correctly, severe problems can develop that can wind up costing you more time, money, even damage to your home.
Can you install your own toilet?
Toilets are not extremely difficult to install when it comes to DIY home projects. However, due to the weight of the toilet, it may take an extra pair of hands to help lift and set the toile. Allow a half day to a full day of work depending on your experience with toilet installation. Rushing the job may only cost you mistakes in the end.
What you will need to replace a toilet
There are several tools and materials you’ll need in order to replace your toilet. Before you begin, make sure you have the following:
- Slip-joint pliers
- Adjustable wrench
- Open-ended wrench
- Needle-nosed pliers
- Toilet – one or two piece
- Toilet seat
- Toilet supply tube
- Wax seal
Steps in toilet installation
Studying a diagram of a toilet beforehand to familiarize yourself with all the different parts of the toilet – where they go and how they fit together is where to start. If you have no idea of how a toilet fits together and how it meets with the floor, then you will be at a loss during the process and may miss steps.
Shut off the water supply then flush the toilet to make sure as much water drains from the bowl. Unscrew the nuts and bolts around the base of the old toilet and gently rock it back forth to loosen it from the floor. Stuff a rag into the soil pipe to prevent sewer gas leakage or tools falling into it. The hole should be big enough to accommodate the toilet’s flange all the way up to the collar. If it isn’t, trace a circle on the floor to match the size of the flange and cut out the excess flooring with a jigsaw. Dry fit the soil pipe into the toilet bend and make sure there are no gaps. Make adjustments as needed until it fits snug.
Replace the old bolts around the flange with new ones, pointing up and remove the rag from the soil pipe before cleaning around the flange – scraping any stuck-on particles away from the old O-ring wax seal. Now, replace the old O-ring wax seal and make sure it fits snug around the flange.
If the tank of the toilet advisors needs to be put together, place the toilet and screw it in tight, without overtightening them as you may crack the porcelain. Lift the toilet and slip it over the bolts, lining up the appropriate holes. Make sure the toilet is set straight and doesn’t wobble. It should be completely flush with the floor. Tighten to bolts when you feel it is secure.
Now you can replace the toilet supply tube and turn the water supply back on. Watch the toilet refill to make sure you don’t see any leaks anywhere around the toilet, on the floor or out of the supply line. Once you feel confident there are no leaks you can connect the toilet seat.