How To Replace or Install a Toilet - HomeDepot

By Gavin | October 12, 2018

The next time you're remodeling or sprucing up the bathroom in your home, consider replacing your old toilet along with the other fixtures seasoning you think, and with today's wide range of color and design choices, there's bound to be one that a fish, a new look now.


Before you go shopping you need to measure

Before you go shopping you need to measure the distance from the walls to the floor bolts, if it measures 12 inches you're in luck, you have a standard toilet, sometimes especially in older homes this varies, know before you go. Once you've made your decision and brought you to toilet home, it's time to remove the existing one.

First things, you need to turn the water off at the supply valve and flush the toilet to empty the tank, now remove any water left in the tank or bowl with the sponge and some rags, and be sure to wear some rubber gloves to protect against bacteria now.

Remove the tank bolts and disconnect the water supply line

Once the toilets dry, remove the tank bolts and disconnect the water supply line, now straddle the bowl and lift the tank off the bowl, and be sure you lift with your legs. These things can be pretty heavy with the tank removed.


It's time to work on the bowl, remove the decorative caps, they cover the floor bolts, and use a socket or adjustable wrench to remove the Nets.

Once the bolts are off, rock the boat back and forth until the wax seal underneath is broken, and lift the bowl off the floor, scrape away any remaining wax with the putty knife and plug up the drain opening with the rag. You don't have sewer gases wafting up into your home.

Replace the existing flange or replace the mounting bolts

Now for the new toilet, you may want to start by replacing the existing flange around the drain opening or at least replace the mounting bolts, then fit a new wax ring around the hole in the base of the toilet. Now for the tricky part, lift the ball and line the toilet up over the anchor bolts.

Once the bolts are fed through the hose rock the bone back and forth to seek the wax ring, and then hand tighten the nuts, and shims were needed to make the bowl level and then tighten the bolts up with an adjustable wrench, tighten the bolts gradually alternating from one boat to the other.

Be sure you don't over tighten and crack in your boat, cover the boats with the supplied caps, and place the tank on the boat, guide the tank bolts into the corresponding holes, tighten the bolts, but don't overtighten, and install the toilet valve assembly.

Reconnect the water supply caulk around the base, and you're all set. The next time you take on a bathroom makeover consider including a new toilet on your shopping list.

Other web page resource

How to Install a Toilet - The Home Depot: how-to-install-a-toilet