Gather Your Tools
Before starting the installation process, it’s important to ensure that you have all the necessary tools. You will need a wrench, a screwdriver, a level, a putty knife, a new wax ring, and of course, the toilet itself.
Turn Off Water Supply
Before you begin, turn off the water supply to the toilet. This can usually be done by turning the valve located behind the toilet.
Remove the Old Toilet
The first step in installing a toilet is to remove the old one. Start by disconnecting the water supply line and unscrewing the bolts that hold the toilet to the floor. Use a putty knife to scrape off the old wax ring.
Prepare the Area
Once the old toilet is removed, clean the area thoroughly and inspect the flange. If it is damaged, it will need to be replaced before installing a toilet again.
Install the Wax Ring
Now it’s time to install the new wax ring. Place it on the flange and make sure it is centered.
Set the Toilet
Next, carefully set the toilet onto the wax ring. Make sure it is level and press down firmly to create a seal.
Secure the Toilet
Using the bolts provided, secure the toilet to the flange. Tighten them evenly to prevent the toilet from rocking.
Connect the Water Supply
Reconnect the water supply line and turn the water back on. Check for leaks.
Install the Tank
If your toilet has a separate tank, it’s time to install it. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to attach it to the bowl and secure it to the wall.
Attach the Seat
Finally, attach the toilet seat according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
How long does it take to install a toilet?
The average time to install a toilet is about 1-2 hours.
Do I need a plumber to install a toilet?
No, you can install a toilet yourself with the right tools and instructions.
Can I reuse the old wax ring?
It is not recommended to reuse the old wax ring. Always use a new one.
How do I know if my flange is damaged?
Look for cracks or signs of wear. If the flange is damaged, it will need to be replaced before installing a new toilet.
Now that you know how to install a toilet, you can confidently tackle this home improvement project on your own. Just remember to gather your tools, turn off the water supply, remove the old toilet, prepare the area, install the wax ring, set the toilet, secure it, connect the water supply, install the tank, and attach the seat. Happy installing!