How to Replace a Toilet

You don’t need a plumber to replace your toilet. If you happen to be handy, this shouldn’t be a difficult job for you. Just follow the instructions, and you should be fine. Removing your current toilet is where you might fall short. But don’t worry, we are here to help you out.

When you purchase a new toilet, there will be at least one or two indicative instructions to help you assemble your new product. The good news is that constructing a new toilet is easier than removing an old one. This is given that you are careful with the bolts.

Let’s get going!

Remove All Water

Ensure that your water supply has been turned off. To get the water in the bowl removed, flush continuously. Remove remaining water with a plunger. Then use a sponge to remove the water in the toilet bowl. Following this, you should connect the water supply line. With this, you will need a wrench.

Removing Bolts

Remove the bolts from the bottom of the toilet. Then remove the bolts connecting the toilet seat.

Remove the Top Tank

The tank is located over the bowl. Lift it at the base and remove it. Rock it a little it won’t budge. There may be water in the tank still, so put it on a towel or a water-resistant location.

The Toilet Seat Removal

Now it is time to tackle the toilet seat. Rock the seat to break the wax that connects it to the floor. If there are additional bolts, use a wrench or simply cut them off. Water might have rusted them.

Drainage Hole

Once you have removed the toilet and there are no parts left, you will be able to see the drainage hold in the ground. Plug it with a rag or something that covers it up adequately. Remove all bolts and tiny pieces that are connected to the drainage hole, including the wax seal.

Then replace the flange and bolts. This will create a new drainage hole. Replace the wax as well.

Placing the New Toilet

Make sure that the tank is not a part of the toilet bowl at this point. Then it is time to introduce the new toilet. Allow the bolts to go into the holes at the bottom of the toilet. Then seal the wax ring. Just press it downward.

Replace Bolts

At the bottom of the toilet, you will need to replace the bolts that you removed from the old toilet. But this time we use new fresh ones! Use a level to ensure that the toilet is completely level. Then tighten the bolts little by little to ensure that it stays level. Be aware of tightening the bolts too much. This may crack the toilet.

New Tank

Prepare the new tank and add the bolts as well as the washer from the tank. Then add the gasket surrounding the base hole. Following this, you should place the tank above the toilet seat. Add the washers as well as the nuts. Tighten them all, but alternate from side to side. This will prevent damage through tightening.

Install the Valve

Add the flush valve inside the tank. Sometimes it comes pre-assembled, but this is not the case for all toilets. Your toilet should come with instructions. We advise that you follow the valve instructions as it is usually a case by case basis.

Seat Lid

Add the toilet seat and the ring. Secure these two parts with the bolts needed as per the toilet manual.

Water Supply

You’re almost there!

All you have to do now is connect the water supply. Do this using the same line as your old toilet, or simply buy a new one. It doesn’t matter as long as the old one is still intact. Following this, all you have to do is turn the water on. Then wait for a few minutes. Flush, and make sure that there are no leaks. If everything looks and sounds good, congratulations!

How to Install a Toilet Yourself Video Guide


Home DIY projects may seem like daunting tasks. Know that it is only daunting because you are yet to try it out. Replacing a toilet is one of the easiest things you can do to upgrade your house. Not only do you save money by replacing it yourself, but you also get the satisfaction of a job well done every time that you use it

If you feel unsure of anything, don’t hesitate to reach out to a local store that sells plumbing and toilet goods. They are likely to give you some advice. Or at the very least, guide you to the best wax for your plumbing hole.

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