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02/22/05

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Installing a Toilet


You'll install a new toilet in two steps – first, the bowl, then the tank. The most difficult part of the installation will be putting the bowl in place. It's heavy, and you'll have to place it so the floor bolts are directly lined up with the holes in the toilet base. Once that part is done, the toughest part of the installation is complete. When working with heavy porcelain items such as toilets, avoid banging them into anything. Porcelain is tough – up to a point. If it cracks, it can't be used.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

SKILL SCALE
Medium

TIME REQUIRED
You can install a toilet in about two hours.

TOOLS
Ratchet wrench and sockets
Adjustable wrenches
Screwdriver

MATERIALS
Wax ring and sleeve
Plumber's putty
Floor bolts and mounting nuts
Toilet
Toilet seat

ToiletTurn the new toilet bowl upside-down and put a new wax ring and sleeve over the drain horn. Press it down firmly to seat the ring. If the ring has a paper cover, remove it.

 

 

 

 

ToiletMake sure the toilet flange is clean and the floor bolts point straight up. If you stuffed a rag in the drain hole to plug sewer gases, take it out. Then carefully position the toilet over the flange and fit the holes in the toilet base directly over the floor bolts.

 

 

 

ToiletPress down on the toilet bowl to compress the wax ring, making a tight seal. Attach the washers and the nuts to the floor bolts and tighten them with an adjustable wrench. (Note: Don't over-tighten; you could crack the base!) Attach the trim caps.

 

 

 

ToiletYou're halfway there! Now for the tank. On some tanks, you'll have to install the handle, ballcock, and flush valve. Then turn the tank upside down and set the big spud washer over the tailpiece of the flush valve.

 

 

 

ToiletTurn the tank back over and position it on the toilet bowl, centering the spud washer over the water inlet opening near the back edge of the bowl.

 

 

 

 

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