Toiling with a New Toilet
Posted Apr 08th 2014 | By:
Sometimes the toilet presently in your house needs to be sent on its way and replaced. Whether its destiny is to become a flower planter in the yard or it is better off relegated to the trash heap, toilets that are past their prime will eventually need to be replaced. As better designs come along as well as models that conserve water, upgrading makes sense. If you are going to replace your toilet, there is a process you need to follow to make this potentially messy job a little less so.
To begin a toilet replacement, start by turning off the water flow to the toilet. This can be done by turning the valve behind the toilet into the off position. Once this is done, flush the toilet, being sure to hold the handle down until the tank is as empty as possible. Any remaining water can be removed with a towel or sponge by soaking it up and ringing it out. With the water removed, you can disconnect the water supply line from the tank with a wrench, setting the tank topper off to the side in the process so it does not fall and break, giving you another mess to cleanup.
Your focus should now shift to the flange bolts on each side of the bowl. These are located at floor level and should be unscrewed with washers removed in the process. A little wiggling may be necessary at this point to loosen the wax gasket sealing the toilet to the drain flange. Once the bond between the two has been loosened, lift the toilet free. You will then need to remove the old wax, cleaning away any that remains before placing tape or a rag over the flange to prevent sewer gasses from making their way into the home.
It is now time to start the process of installing your new toilet, but first you must insert a new wax ring and secure it by pressing it in place. Once this is done, turn your attention to the flange bolts; if they are rusted or corroded, they should be replaced with new ones. You will next need to remove the tape or rag from the drain before seating the new toilet bowl atop it. With the new bowl in position, push down firmly to ensure a good connection is made between the toilet and the flange. At this point you need to secure the bowl in place through the use of washers and nuts on the flange bolts. Be sure that everything is thoroughly tightened; rocking the bowl gently from side to side will give you a good idea if more tightening is necessary, but use caution to avoid over tightening as this could lead to cracks in the bowl.
With the bowl now secure, it is time to attach the tank. In the process be sure to use all of the provided bolts and rubber gaskets as well as the supply line. With all components in place, turn the water flow to the toilet on once again and fill the tank, giving it a chance to fill. Inspect all connections and give it a test flush. If no water is present where it shouldn't be, then your new throne is good to for you to go!
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