If your toilet has seen better days or is using more water than you’d like, take heart: replacing it is easier than you think. In this video we’ll give you the basics of removing and re-setting your toilet.
Replacement toilet, New flush valve, New fill valve, Wax ring, Adjustable wrench, Channel locking pliers, Screwdriver, Towel, Sponge, Bucket, Penetrating oil, Putty knife, Hold-down bolts
Turn off the water to the toilet, turning the knob to the right.
Remove the tank lid
Remove the refill tube from the overflow pipe and drain water from the tank.
Use a rag to pick up any remaining water.
Disconnect the water supply line.
Disconnect the flapper chain.
Unscrew bolts attached to the tank.
Remove tank from the bowl and place on a towel.
Remove the caps covering the bolts.
Unscrew nuts with an adjustable wrench.
Rock the bowl a bit to loosen the grip on the floor and place on a towel.
Remove wax ring from the toilet and the floor. Clean the floor around the drain hole.
If the bolts look rusty, replace them.
Place a new wax ring on the new toilet and carefully position on top of the drain hole. You only get one shot to place it. Replace wax ring if you miss – it’s worth the time and few dollars. You don’t want what goes down your toilet leaking onto your bathroom floor later.
Gently rock the bowl until it sits level on the floor.
Assemble everything together in the reverse order that you took it apart.
Turn the water back on and test the new toilet for any leaks.