How to Properly Install a Toilet Yourself
If it is time to replace to toilet in your home you do not have to call a plumber to do so from now on! Replacing the toilet in your bathroom is one of the easiest things to do when it comes to home improvements. Even a beginner can tackle this one. So stop wasting money on expensive plumbers when you can read the following article and have the knowledge you need to do it yourself in a few hours.
Take a measurement of your old toilet, you will need this because of the need to know how wide the hole in your floor is and so you get something comparable to the toilet you had before. All you need is the measurement from side to side and lengthwise. Do this with a measuring tape.
Go to the hardware store and take a look at the toilets and learn about the differences in toilets and how much water each one takes. You might want to stick to the tried or true or you might want to save some money and tread more lightly when it comes to environmental concerns and get a water saving toilet. It is up to you. If you have any questions the people that work there will be more than happy to help!
Call your local water authority or company and ask them if you get a energy saving or water saving toilet if there is a rebate program. Often times larger cities might offer something like this because they do not want to waste water resources.
After doing all of your homework you will be ready to go out and purchase the toilet and supplies. You will want to make a list of the things you do not have on hand and get them now. You will save yourself time and gas money by getting everything now instead of running back and forth to the hardware store.
When you are ready remove the old toilet, they are heavy and this is probably the only thing you might need someone to help you with in the process. You want to do this carefully so you do not strain yourself or drop it through the floor!
Take your toilet flange and install it on the floor where the new toilet is going to sit, secure it properly and according to the directions that came with it and then set the new toilet onto the flange. You will create a seal this way so your toilet does not leak and cause rot in your bathroom floor or it can cause mold in your home that you never even knew about!
When you are putting the bolts in any part of the toilet you never want to over-tighten any of them. Toilets can be fragile and crack if you turn them too much. Often times people think that they have to tighten them extensively but this is simply not true.
You should now go and turn the water back on and let the toilet fill up to capacity, flush and let it go through the process, it should not leak anywhere! Do this a few times to get the hang of it!
The next things you do are super easy, put on the toilet seat, the caps along the bolts, and caulk all of the edges so it is a seamless installation.
This article should have given you the information you need to replace your own toilet! You can also save money and the Earth by doing it yourself.
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