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Toilet Replacement and Installation Procedure
Just like any other home appliance, a toilet can turn problematic and call for either repair or replacement. Apart from breaking down, you might want to replace your toilet because it is an older model and less efficient in terms of water conservation. It could also be the urge to remodel your space to include a modern toilet that drives you to want to change it.
With all considerations in place, you might find out that repairing your cracked or leaking toilet may be more expensive compared to doing a toilet replacement. With this in mind, here is what you need to know when replacing your toilet:
It is crucial to measure the size of the toilet and its waste pipe because they vary depending on the model. Most waste pipes are located between 10-14 inches from the wall. It is also important to measure how elongated the toilet bowl is to avoid instances where when installed, the toilet blocks the door from opening.
Corrosion Resistant Bolts:
To avoid having a rusty-looking toilet, ensure you use solid brass bold and nuts. Stainless steel screws can also be used to re-anchor a toilet flange because they do not corrode.
Hold Down Bolts
Sometimes it is not easy to unscrew bolts that hold down a toilet after many years of use. In such instances, using a hacksaw blade to cut the brass nuts and bolts becomes a necessity.
To replace a toilet, you will need tools and materials that include:
– A hacksaw blade to cut off old nuts and bolts
-a sponge and bucket to drain the water
-Putty knife and a 2-foot level
-A new toilet, shims, wax ring, and silicone caulk
1. Cut off Water Supply and Drain your Toilet
To begin with, you must ensure that the toilet you want to replace is not connected to a water supply. Close the valve supplying water and then empty its tank and flush the toilet. Open the lid of the tank and use your sponge to mop out all the water from both the tank and the toilet bowl.
2. Un-mount the Toilet
After wiping the toilet bowl and tank dry, proceed to disconnect the water supply tubes from the toilet tank using the pliers. You then need to remove the nuts and bolts used to screw the toilet onto the floor using a wrench but it they are rusted, use the hacksaw blade to cut them off.
3. Lift the Toilet off
For the next step, it would be important to have a person who can help you to hold the toilet bowl and tank as you pull it off from the bolts you cut in the previous step. Place your toilet on old newspapers to avoid staining your floor.
4. Flange Inspection
Close inspection of your toilet flange will reveal whether its damaged and need replacement and repair.
5. Fit the New Toilet
Start by testing whether the base of the new toilet fits by setting it on the flange to ensure the bolts are aligned. If it fits perfectly apply the wax ring carefully so as not to damage it.
Finally, set your new toilet, screw it back and connect the water supply. You can use the silicone caulk to seal the toilet base but this is optional.