Need To Replace An Old Toilet? Instructions To Do-It-Yourself

Toilets don't last forever, and even if they do, would you really want that powder blue toilet sitting in your bathroom that long? If you're ready to replace a toilet whether it's due to a breakdown or purely for vanity reasons (to finally be rid of the powder blue potty), the replacement work is fairly simple. See below for instructions to replace an old toilet.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • New toilet
  • Channel locks
  • Screwdriver
  • Crescent wrench
  • New wax wring
  • New flange
  • Rags
  • Gloves
  • Level


  1. Start by turning off the water supply to the toilet, then flush the toilet a few times to allow the water in the tank to empty. You want to remove as much water as possible from the tank so you aren't left with a mess when you take out the toilet.
  2. Once you have as much water removed as possible, take off the water supply hose. Keep some rags handy as you may have some water still inside the hose.
  3. Next, remove the tank from the bowl by removing the bolts holding it in place. The tank (and bowl) may be heavy, grab a friend to help with the lifting if necessary.
  4. Remove the nuts holding the toilet bowl to the floor and lift the toilet bowl straight up off of the bolts. Place a rag inside the wax ring in the floor to prevent any unwanted smells from entering your home. Take the toilet bowl outside of your home.
  5. Now that the toilet is removed you can remove the old wax ring and the flange in the floor. When removing the old flange, a screwdriver may come in handy, as it may be stuck.
  6. Add the new flange using the new bolts that came with your new toilet. Then add the new wax ring. Set the new toilet bowl in place over the wax ring, lined up with the bolts, and press it down into the wax ring. Move it around until it is level.
  7. Add the nuts to the bolts and trim the bolts using bolt cutters, this way the caps can be set in place.
  8. Next, add the water supply line and the tank.
  9. Once finished, turn the water back on and test out your new toilet.
  10. Check for any leaks around the base of the toilet, around the water supply line and the tank itself. If you notice any water leaks, check to be sure all of your bolts are tightened all the way. Flush the toilet a few times to be sure you don't have any leaks.

Replacing a toilet does take some work, but it can be done in just an hour or so. Call a professional, such as from Arnold  &  Sons_Plumbing Sewer &  Drain Services, to install a new toilet for you if you are unsure about doing this type of work yourself.

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