Even if it sounds a bit gross, it happens to be true that your toilet takes so much shit on a daily basis. Your uncomplaining friend is not at all fussy and does not require much of your attention. Only when a toilets inner component or its physical structure outside is in peril will it necessitate an outright replacement.
Hiring certified plumbing professionals gives you the assurance that changing your toilet and getting that leak fixed is done in a snap and with little fuss. Having experts do the job for you gives you the peace of mind you need during such stressful moments. But if you feel that you are quite handy enough and can pull off a toilet replacement on your own, be ready to get your hands dirty.
BUY YOUR OWN GASKET PACK
To avoid a messy plumbing leak, make sure the seal between the base of the toilet and the floor is water tight. Things can go from gross to absurd if it is not completely sealed as the water goes from the toilet in the direction of the sewage line. To ensure a total seal, pick up a wax gasket ring that comes with a flange made of rubber in the middle that fits up into the pipe. Special gasket packs like these are available in various local hardware stores and will save you tons of trouble with the help of a plumbing expert.
ESTABLISH THE CLOSET FLANGE
The toilet sits on a piece of hardware called a closet flange. The closet flange sits on a white pipe, called a soil pipe, which comes out of the floor. To make sure the closet flange fits snugly, you may have to cut the floor or soil pipe with a hand saw. Then apply PVC primer and PVC cement to the soil pipe and closet flange where they meet. To align the slots, you may have to twist the flange. Subsequently, secure the flange to the sub-floor with stainless steel screws.
SECURE THE BOLTS
Lengthy brass bolts usually accompany your new toilet. The bolts slide into the flange with a brass washer. To make it as easy as possible to install the toilet, align the bolts as close as possible to the corresponding holes.
SLIDE ON THE WAX RING
The next step in replacing your toilet is to glide the wax ring, included in your gasket pack, on top of the closet flange. There are some instructional manuals that will advise you to place the wax ring straight on your toilet. But the consensus of most plumbing professionals is to place the ring on the closet flange to make it easier to set the unit.
SET THE TOILET BOWL
Given that the toilet bowl is bulky, you might require some outside help in setting it. You also do not want the unit to fall and risk cracking it before the installation. In addition, it is a very difficult task to align the underneath bolts while setting the toilet.
To set the bowl, lift it up while aligning the bolts. Push the toilet bowl straight down into the wax ring while twisting it so that it goes on straight. Make sure the toilet base rests evenly on the floor of the bathroom. If the base is rocky or not even, maneuver it a little to ensure a snug fit. Then, slip a washer and a nut over each bolt and tighten the toilet. To ensure the base goes on evenly, turn each bolt around ¼ at a time. After securing the toilet in place, use a saw to cut off the excess bolt. Finally, place the cover over top.
PUT YOUR NEW TOILET TANK IN PLACE
Make some preparations first before placing the tank onto the toilet. The installation of the rubberized spud washer needs your attention first. It fits the big hole that passes from your tank all the way to its bowl. Upon completing that, install the rubber washers on the inside and outside of the tank. A replacement is a necessity if one of these components are lost. Now is the perfect time to install the various components of the flapper. By now, you can safely assume that the washers and its bolts are secured, and you can go ahead in lowering the toilets tank onto its bowl. Since a tank is quite fragile and can easily crack, youd want to ask for help in doing this.
STEADILY SECURE THE TANK
Tighten the washers by hand once the tank is in place. Then use a screwdriver to tighten while holding each bolt with your fingers. As you tighten the bolts, make sure the tank is still straight. And do not over tighten as you could crack the unit.
LOCK THE FLAPPER IN PLACE
Finally, the last step is installing and testing the flapper. It is pretty easy to do. Just connect the handle chain to the flapper and turn on the water. There might be minor adjustments, but it is mostly about readjusting the flapper to ensure that you can attain the right water level. Lastly, observe for any leaks and stay wary of it during its initial use.
In general, for most home there are only two essential needs: a working toilet and a television. If you followed each of the 8 steps, you will be able to enjoy watching movies and using the toilet during commercial breaks