Changing a toilet can be a challenging DIY project, but it doesn’t have to be. There are some steps you need to take to make sure you’re getting the job done right. First, you need to make sure your toilet is clean. You can use an anti-bacterial spray that is available at any home improvement store. Also, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before handling the toilet. Next, you’ll need the right tools for the job, including pliers and an adjustable wrench to remove the toilet seat from the tank.
To replace the bowl, remove the old one and place the new one on a padded surface. Next, place the new bowl over the flange. Make sure you have space between the two flanges so the bowl can be lowered. You can then use your fingers to tighten the bolts until they’re tight.
Remove the old seat and tank from the bowl. You may need a screwdriver or an adjustable wrench to unscrew the bolts that are holding the seat in place. You can also use WD-40 to loosen stubborn bolt nuts. If you’re replacing a toilet with a new tank, you’ll need to replace the old one’s seal.
The toilet bowl is typically caulked to the floor, which is another important step. It can be difficult to remove the bowl from the toilet without damaging the seal. If the wax seal is damaged, you may be able to repair the flange with a repair tab, or if it’s cracked irreparable, you’ll have to buy a new one.
To install the new tank, first remove the old one. Once the old tank is removed, line the bolts connecting the new tank to the bowl. Make sure to gasket the base hole. Then, place the new seat over the tank rim. Make sure to align the hinges of the seat over the tank rim. Secure them using a screwdriver. You may need a wrench to tighten the bolts.
Next, you can reattach the water supply line. You can then caulk the base of the toilet. If you have a leak in the water line, you can replace the toilet’s water line, which will prevent it from leaking again. It’s important to identify the source of the leak as soon as possible.
Depending on the type of toilet you’re replacing, you may need to use special tools. Make sure you have the necessary accessories. In addition to a wrench, you’ll need to remove any old wax from the toilet. The toilet base should be level and the closet bolts should be aligned with the holes. If you need to fix the toilet flange, you can use shims to level the toilet’s bottom and back.
Before you begin, turn off the water supply to the toilet. This is usually located behind the bottom left corner of the bowl. Then, flush the toilet to clear out the water in the tank. If you notice any lingering water, you can use a sponge or old rags to soak up the water.