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Toilet Install – A How To Manual

Toilet Install – What’s Involved?

Many homeowners think they can do the job themselves when it comes to needing a new toilet. We admire that kind of ‘can-do’ attitude. So let’s go ahead and give you the information you need to do your toilet install. If, after watching our video, you think you would rather hire a professional, please call Mitch Clemmons Plumbing. We are experienced, reliable and our prices are very fair.

So you can see that the basic steps for a toilet install include the following:

  1. Remove the toilet from the box using the inner lip of the toilet bowl and the back end hole.
  2. Place the toilet on a piece of cardboard on the floor.
  3. When taking out the tank, use a piece of cardboard to protect it.
  4. Inside the tank, you’ll find the instructions for connecting it to the bowl.
  5. When connecting the bolts to the bottom of the tank that will connect it to the toilet, make sure to use the rubber washers that are included. Otherwise, there will be a leak.
  6. Place the rubber part against the hole in the bottom of the tank and make sure it sits firmly.
  7. Carefully place the tank on top of the toilet, lining up the bolts, and then screw the washers and nuts into place.
  8. Use a foam or wax ring seat it on the hole in the floor.
  9. The ring may trimmed to remove the excess or waste can get trapped in there.
  10. Seat the toilet on the base and wiggle until steady. 
  11. Using the parts included bolt the toilet to the floor.
  12. Use a hacksaw to trim the bolts.
  13. Break off the bolts with a channel lock after making sure they are secure.
  14. Place the caps over the bolts
  15. Use DAP quick seal Ultra for bathrooms, caulk around the bottom base of the toilet. Then use a damp sponge to clean up the excess caulk.
  16. Then install the toilet seat using the included parts.
  17. Put the lid on the tank and oila! 

So there you have it! All you need to do a toilet install. However, there are a couple of things you want to remember.

  • First, toilets are heavy, and awkward and can be a real pain for your back if not handled carefully.
  • Also, if you have leak you have to figure out if it’s from the tank or from the base of the toilet.
  • Sometimes just a new tank, gasket, and/or bolts can solve your problem.
  • And remember, you must be very careful not to overtighten the bolts or the porcelain may crack.    

Good luck on your endeavor. If you decide you don’t want to mess with this job please call Mitch Clemmons Plumbing. We’re always here to help you with any of your plumbing needs.

(562) 246-9778

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