Last month, the guys gave you some tips on how to tell if it was time to get a new toilet. Our bet is that many of you may have kicked the old throne when you read through the results. Sorry about your toe. The good news is, replacing a toilet is not all that hard, and the guys at G&C Plumbing and Heating even offer options on how you can accomplish installation.
Here are their secrets:
“It’s best to have a buddy handy when you are ready to replace a toilet,” said Grand Master Plumber, Greg Sheck who works with his son Brandon during such a task. “Lifting a toilet is cumbersome and it’s easier to obtain a level set on the floor when there are two of you.” Greg also recommends having the following on hand, in addition to the new toilet:
Wax Ring, Adjustable Wrench, Channel Locking Pliers, Screwdriver, Towels, Sponge, Bucket, Penetrating Oil, Putty Knife, and Hold-Down Bolts.
So, once you’ve grabbed a buddy and picked out your new John…
Here is option one on how to replace an old toilet:
- Turn off the water to the toilet.
- Remove the tank lid.
- Remove the refill tube from the overflow pipe and drain water from the tank.
- Use a rag to pick up any remaining water.
- Disconnect the water supply line.
- Disconnect the flapper chain.
- Unscrew bolts attached to the tank.
- Remove tank from the bowl and place on a towel.
- Remove the caps sitting on the bolts.
- Unscrew nuts with an adjustable wrench.
- Rock the bowl a bit to loosen the grip on the floor and place on a towel.
- Remove wax ring from the toilet and the floor.
- Clean the floor around the drain hole.
- If the bolts look rusty, replace them.
- Place a new wax ring on the new toilet and carefully position on top of the drain hole. You only get one shot to place it.
- Replace wax ring when you miss.
- Replace it again.
- Take a break and thank your buddy for being a true friend.
- Place the new toilet over the hole and gently rock the bowl until it sits level on the floor.
- Screw nuts back on with adjustable wrench.
- Place caps on bolts.
- Place tank on the bowl.
- Screw bolts to attach the tank.
- Connect the flapper chain.
- Connect the water supply line.
- Attach the refill tube to the overflow pipe.
- Turn the water back on.
- Test the new toilet for any leaks.
- Find a way to dispose of your old toilet.
- Figure out how to pay your buddy back.
Not bad, right? Just 30 simple steps…
Here is option two:
- Call Greg and Brandon