Replacing the Toilet
it: Most people don't enjoy being the bathroom. Even fewer
enjoy working in the bathroom, whether to clean or fix something.
And of course, the worst of all is cleaning or replacing the
toilet. But both need to be done from time to time. When you
find it necessary to replace the toilet, stop procrastinating
and follow these few tips. They will help you get the job
done with as few headaches as possible, and help you save
money on the project as well.
Before you get started, and rip out the old toilet, you
need to pick out what new toilet you want. In selecting
a new one, you want first of all to make sure you get one
that is the right size. The standard distance from the wall
to the sewer drain is 12 inches. If this is true of yours,
most standard toilets will work. But you need to make sure
the distance is not some unusual size, such as 10 or 14
inches. If so, this limits your choices a bit. Also, assess
how big your bathroom is. An elongated toilet looks more
contemporary and is more comfortable. But it really only
works if you have a larger bathroom. If your bathroom is
small, you can save space by going with a round toilet.
There are also different available for purchase. For instance,
a two-piece toilet (one where the tank is bolted on the
bowl's top) is friendlier to your billfold. Wall-mounted
units, though, are more expensive, but it's easier to clean
under and around them.
Now that you've got the toilet, switch off the water main's
supply and empty the system by flushing. You may need to
do this several times until the pipe work and the cistern
are empty. Use a sponge to ensure all the water is removed
from the bowl.
Next remove the wing nuts that hold the cistern and bowl
together, they may need loosening with WD40 or similar.
Once this is done, the water line connections to the cistern
tank and the wall need to be disconnected. Once that step
is complete the tank can be removed from the bowl.
There are caps at the base of the toilet that also need
to be removed. These too may be difficult due to corrosion
and may need WD40 and pliers to prize them off. Removing
the surrounding caulk at the base of the bowl with a utility
knife will help too.
Now that the bowl can be lifted off the seal can be seen.
To prevent leakage it is important that the correct wax
seal is used. It is recommended to take the old seal to
the hardware or home improvement store to be sure to purchase
the correct one. Especially since some are designed with
extensions for built up floors and others join back to back.
Creating a tight seal to make sure there are no leaks is
vital. The seal is best a room temperature or slightly warmer.
Once the seal is secured lift the new bowl back over the
nuts and gently into position, rotating the bowl back and
forth with create a good, snug fitting seal with no chance
Next make sure the bowl is level with the wall and sits
evenly. A level may help with this part of the process.
The wing nuts for the bottom need replacing with the caps
given a small smug of plumbers putty to keep them watertight.
Add the tank, taking a few moments to inspect the spud washer.
The wing nuts can now be replaced and the waterlines reconnected.
secure, the water can be turned back on and the toilet flushed
several times to check for leaks and refilled. Apply more
caulk around the base of the your new toilet to create a
seal between it and the floor.