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Do It Yourself - How to replace a toilet.


These Do It Yourself videos are provided as a service from NY Home Contractors. The information in this DIY site is intended to simplify jobs around the house and home. The tools, techniques, and local building codes change; therefore, NY Home Contractors and its owners assume no liability for omissions, errors or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow current codes and regulations that may apply, if in doubt consult with a licensed professional.

How to Replace a Toilet. Step by Step Preparation

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The following video will review how to replace a toilet and tank. 1. Turn off the water supply for the toilet. There should be a supply valve located below the left side of the tank and extending from the base of the wall or floor. 2. Flush the toilet and remove any remaining water from the tank and bowl using a small cup and a sponge. 3. If you plan on reusing the supply line, disconnect it from the bowl. If you plan on replacing the supply line, go ahead and remove it from the supply valve and simply leave it attached to the bowl. 4. Remove the tank top and set it flat on the floor well out of the way, preferably outside or in another room. 5. Remove the tank from the bowl. It will be attached by a pair of bolts near the center of the bowl where it meets the tank. These bolts pass from inside the tank through the mounting flange at the back of the bowl. Simply remove the nuts and lift the bowl off the gasket. If the bolts are rusty and the nuts are difficult to remove, soak the bolt assemblies for a few minutes with penetrating oil. 6. Remove the bolt caps from the base of the toilet and take out the closet bolts. 7. Rock the bowl to free it from its wax gasket. 8. Clean the flange after removing the old toilet. 9. Plug the drain hole to keep the gases from escaping into the room. 10.The mounting surface must be clean and level before installing the new toilet.

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