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Guide to Installing a New Toilet

While you come across a leaking faucet or a frozen pipe every now and then, instances needing complete installation of a new toilet are pretty rare for Joe somebody, except for Joe the Plumber of cour...

While you come across a leaking faucet or a frozen pipe every now and then, instances needing complete installation of a new toilet are pretty rare for Joe somebody, except for Joe the Plumber of course. But still, it's good to know in advance what you can do in case you ever have to replace your toilet. It's a time-consuming job and would quite a hefty bill if you hire some expert plumber. So learn a couple great tips with this article and save your money for other important stuff.

For simplicity, this article will discuss only those toilets that come with a separate tank that is installed above the toilet bowl. If you have got any instructions manual from the manufacturer, this would be the time to go through it thoroughly. And it's always better to have an illustrated diagram of the parts with you.

To begin with, turn off the water supply to the tank and flush it twice to make sure that all the water goes down the drain. To be safe, you can use a sponge to dry any water still left inside the bowl or the tank.

Open the nuts and bolts that connect the tank with the bowl and the water supply line. Upon doing that, it will be easy to remove the tank. In case there is an elbow between the tank and the bowl, you will need to remove that first. Then, open the screws that are used to mount the tank to the walls. Do this step with extra care and hold the tank tightly in you hands, so that it doesn't fall when detached from the wall.

Now you have to remove the bowl, which is attached to the floor with some nuts and bolts. These bolts are usually hidden under caps, which you can take off by inserting a screwdriver beneath the caps and pushing them in the upward direction. The screw-driver can be wrapped in protective tape so that it doesn't damage the smooth surface of the toilet-bowl. Following the removal of the cap and nuts, the toilet bowl will be secure in its spot because of a seal with the floor. So rock it back and forth slowly and the seal would eventually break. Now you can take the bowl wherever you want but it would be a small weightlifting exercise.

Once the bowl is removed from its place, the toilet flange will be in the open. Shove some old, abandoned clothes inside so sewer gases would not escape into your house; This also insures that removable parts don't come off the flange. Next, get the new toilet and prepare for the installation; you will just need to put everything back in its place in the reverse order.

Take out the clothes from the flange and apply some plumber's putty to the bottom of the bowl, where it will come into contact with the floor. Now place the bowl such that its outlet would come exactly above the flange. The bolts won't fit in their place if you place the bowl wrongly. Once you have put it correctly into its position, ensure that it is in level with the floor. Next, place the bolts and nuts where they belong and adequately tighten them. Put the caps on the bolts and viola - the new toilet is now in ideal shape. Now mount the tank with the wall, and fit everything else exactly in the reverse order of removal. Now wash your hands, clean up the messFree Web Content, and welcome your brand new toilet!

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