How to Replace a Toilet Without Calling a Plumber

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It’s happened to all of us. We go to use the toilet and find that it’s not working properly. Maybe there’s a leak, or maybe it just doesn’t seem to be flushing right. When this happens, most of us don’t know what to do. We can either try to fix it ourselves, or call a plumber and hope that the repair won’t cost too much. In this article, we will teach you how to replace a toilet without calling a plumber!

Tips for Replacing a Toilet at Home

When it’s time to replace your old toilet, the task may seem daunting. It looks like a difficult job and you might be tempted to call in a plumber. However, with the right tools, materials, and tips from the experts at Lowes, replacing your toilet can be a relatively straightforward DIY project.

Gather Your Materials and Tools

Before you begin your plumbing project, make sure you have all the necessary materials and tools on hand. The experts at Lowes recommend having work gloves, a level, a mini hack saw, a putty knife, safety glasses, rags, a sponge, tape measure, a towel and wrenches ready for use. Additionally, you will need to buy or rent the replacement toilet that fits your space as well as closet bolts with washers and nuts; toilet shims; wax ring; garbage bags; water solidifier; and a flange repair kit if needed.

Remove the Old Toilet

The first step to installing a new toilet is removing the old one. Turn off the water supply valve before disconnecting lines from the tank. Wearing work gloves is recommended when handling any of these pieces. Carefully remove the old wax ring and clean out any remaining residue with a putty knife or screwdriver before disposing of it in a garbage bag. If needed—and this is often overlooked—repair the flange by using parts from the flange repair kit that may come in handy during the installation process.

Install New Toilet

Step 1: Install closet bolts onto the floor while ensuring they are level with each other before positioning the new wax ring around the drain hole on the floor of the bathroom.

Step 2: Place the new toilet bowl over the wax ring making sure it is centered evenly around the drain hole before pressing down firmly so the seal is tight against the wax ring below it.

Step 3: Use shims if necessary for stability when attaching the new tank portion of the toilet to the bowl portion using nuts provided with the purchase of the new set-up, securely tightening all parts together without over-tightening them since this can cause damage to both pieces of equipment as well as leakage when used in the future operation of the system.

Step 4: Once the tank has been attached to the bowl fill for test runs, ensuring that there are no leaks present before allowing use in full capacity by members of the household or guests visiting the home throughout the course of the year ahead.

Step 5: Finally install the seat onto the top portion of the bowl piece, making sure fitment is secure before testing again for leaks once more.

With these tips from Lowe’s experts, you should feel more confident tackling this plumbing project yourself! Keep in mind that having a proper setup will ensure leak-free performance in the long run. As always when dealing with electrical components or plumbing systems inside the home, wear safety goggles along with protective gloves to avoid potential health hazards associated with mishandling items during DIY projects found around the house! Good luck!

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