Over time, toilets deteriorate. They can get wobbly, leaky, clogged or sometimes fail to flush. All these problems aren’t really unusual because just like other fixtures you have at home, toilets are also prone to damage and wearing out. It’s great to know that there are some toilet issues that can be fixed but for all those that cannot be repaired, replacement is the last resort. For most homeowners, replacing the john requires the assistance of professionals. However, if you are a DIY enthusiast and have the skills, you can also do the replacement on your own. For today, I’d love to share with you two DIY guides that will help you install a new, functional ceramic throne. The first thing that you have to do is get rid of the old toilet. Here’s a detailed guide you can follow.
Disconnecting an old toilet to prepare for the installation of a new one is nothing regal. The steps to install a toilet are the reverse of removing one, so you get a practice run before connecting the new one. Clear the floor and lay an old blanket or newspaper nearby so that you can rest the parts of the toilet on the paper as you disassemble it. You’ll also need a bucket, a large sponge, rags, rubber gloves, a wrench, and a scraper.
Don’t worry about touching the water! The water in the tank is clean, and the water in the bowl is flushed out before you begin.
If you read the article I just shared above, it simply describes the removal process in about 7 steps. You should start by shutting off the water supply; removing the hanger bolts that connect the toilet to the wall; removing the caps at the base of the toilet; removing the hold-down nuts and bolts and then finally detaching the bowl. Pretty complicated but very doable. Now once you’ve removed the old bowl and cleared the area, you may already install the new unit. Here’s another DIY guide for you!
Removing and replacing a toilet is not a task to be undertaken without good reason, but it is certainly not beyond your capabilities. When you can’t unclog the toilet by less drastic means, removing it is the answer. Maybe you want a more modern toilet, maybe the bowl or the tank is cracked, or maybe the fixture leaks around its base. All of these situations call for removing and reinstalling the old toilet or installing a new fixture.
Although there’s nothing difficult about removing and replacing a toilet, local plumbing code may prohibit anyone but a licensed plumber from doing the job. Check the code for your community to make sure it is okay for you to undertake the task. To replace a toilet:
I hope my blog post answered your question, “How do you replace a toilet?” If you are still in the process of choosing a new ceramic throne, also read about tips for buying a toilet. And should you need professional assistance for its installation, don’t forget to call Plumbers 911 at 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade County FL), 954-468-0512 (Broward County FL), 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach County FL), 800-731-1139 (Central Valley CA) or 877-745-3257 (Washington DC)!
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