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How to Remove, Replace or Install a Toilet Bowl - By Twin Home Experts

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How to Remove, Replace or Install a Toilet Bowl - By Twin Home Experts

How to Remove, Replace or Install a Toilet Bowl - By Twin Home Experts

How to reset or install a toilet bowl?

Installing toilets can be very simple or sometimes challenging , it depends on several factors such as:

Model of toilet? Example toto will be the most challenging due to the extra flange that you have to mount over the existing closet ring , which is the ring you see level with the floor that the toilet fastens too .

Space you have? If your dealing with tight bathroom this does make it difficult to maneuver your body around to tighten and fit the toilet in.

Flooring ? If your mounting your toilet on carpet , be prepared to shim and secure the toilet down to the wood surface , you may have to cut the carpet to fit the new circumference of the new toilet.

This will take you step by step on how to reset your existing toilet :

Tools / items you will need:

  • Flashlight
  • Small shop wet vaccuum:
  • This is used to extract the water from inside the tank and bowl
  • Small pair of channel locks
  • Putty knife.
  • Razor knife
  • Rags
  • Large bag

Now your ready to remove the toilet:

First step : SHUT WATER OFF

you can do this 2 ways , shut water off at the angle shut off valve that typically is located at the bottom left side of the toilet , turn the handle clockwise until the handle stops , once this is completed , then remove the lid from the toilet tank and flush the toilet.

If water is not filling the tank back up , then your ready for the next step , if the water keeps filling up the tank , then the valve needs replacing . So in this case you would need to shut the main water supply off at the house to continue the work.

Step 2 : DISCONNECT SUPPLY LINE

The supply water line that runs off the shut off valve is connected to the fill valve at the bottom left of the toilet , take your small channel locks, place them on the plastic / brass nut and counter clockwise loosen the nut , once you loosen you can unscrew using your hand .

Note : take a rag and place under this before you disconnect , this will help absorb residual water that falls to the floor.

Step 3 : EXTRACT WATER FROM TANK/BOWL

Using your wet vacuum extract the water from the tank and the bowl , well your at it , this is a good time to clean the inside of your tank .

Step 4 : REMOVE CAULKING / GROUT AROUND THE BOTTOM OF THE TOILET

Using your putty knife or razor knife cut through the grout or caulking around the bottom base of the toilet , once the seal is broken , then wobble the toilet to the left and right slowly.

Step 5 : REMOVE THE TOILET

Take your large bag and open it up leaving it on the floor next to the toilet , then raise the toilet and place it into the large bag . This keeps your floor clean from the old wax . Raise the toilet once in the bag and inspect under the toilet outlet to remove and clean any left over debris.

STEP 6 : REMOVE OLD WAX SEAL

Using a small bag , place your hand into the bag , then reach down and grab the wax seal and remove completely , then turn the bag inside out , removing your hand from the bag , now you have a clean hand 🙂

Step 7 : INSTALL NEW BOLTS

You can avoid this step if your bolts are still in good shape and more importantly securely fastened onto the toilet Flange .

If you need new bolts , then best practice is to take your long bolt and drop a metal washer over the bolt , then take your nut and screw onto the bolt , then do the same step on the second bolt that comes with the wax seal , once you pre fab the 2 bolts then place it into the groove of the toilet flange and the metal washer should be on the surface of the metal flange , then go ahead and hand tighten by screwing the nut down onto the washer , do the same on the other side of the flange , line them up evenly , so the toilet will slide directly over them .

Once you line them up , now tighten them down using your small channel locks , clockwise until you can’t move the bolts.

Step 8 : WAX SEAL

Place the wax seal into the flange , we like using 4 inch wax seal , this provides a bigger opening so poop/ paper can flow I bit more freely.

Step 9 : SET TOILET

Install toilet by walking it in sumo wrestler style , walk it in and keeping a eye on the bolt and toilet base hole slowly drop it down , then look to the other side and line the hole up with the bolt , once they are lined up , then you should feel the toilet bowl compressing to the wax . Then take a step back and line the toilet up straight.

step 10 : FASTEN TOILET DOWN

Take your plastic bolt cover washer , and it should read :”this side up “, this is the side that needs to be facing towards the ceiling , slide that over each of the bolts , then take your metal washer and place that over the plastic washer , then take your bolts and fasten down , by hand tightening both side evenly , then using your small channel locks , clockwise turn each side evenly 2 to 3 turns until tight and the toilet doesn’t move . Note : You made need toilet shims to stop rocking .
Snap the plastic bolt caps over each of the bolt assembly to cover.

Step 11 : CONNECT WATER SUPPLY LINE

using your hand take the supply line and place it back onto the fill valve thread pipe by turning it counter clockwise , once you hand tighten then use your channel locks and gently give it a 1/2 turn.

Step 12 : TURN WATER ON

turn water on slowly , filling up the bowl and flushing several times to test for leaks , also check the water supply connection to verify no drips.

Step 13 : CAULK AROUND THE TOILET

clean the floor around the base of the toilet , and add a bead of caulking around the toilet base . This keeps dirt from building up under the toilet , helps with odor and it looks cleaner.

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