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How Do I Install a New Toilet?

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

Closing of a professional toilet repair, vertical Attach the water supply line to the toilet.

What Is the Best Way to Install a New Toilet?

Replacing a toilet at home in San Diego is fairly simple. Before you do this, however, make sure that you have all the parts on hand for installation—and double-check that you're using the correct parts! Once your new toilet is in place, you'll need to run some water through it to flush out any debris from manufacturing or shipping (which could affect how well everything flushes). Here is how you install a new toilet.

Install the new wax ring

Use a wax ring kit, which includes a wax ring and the necessary bolts to install it. Put the wax ring on the flange, making sure that it is centered and sitting flat against the bottom of your toilet bowl. You can use a small amount of plumber’s putty if needed to help keep it in place as you set your toilet bowl onto it later on in this process of installing a new toilet (this is also known as “setting”).

Slide your new toilet into place over top of your old one and gently lower it down until all four legs are resting firmly on top of their corresponding base bolts or screws—you should hear three distinct clicks when they hit home! 

Tighten the bolts

Once the bolts are in place, you can tighten them using a wrench or pliers. If you’re using a torque wrench (which is highly recommended), be sure to use it to tighten the bolts.

If there were any minor leaks around the base of your toilet before installation, this should have fixed those problems and stopped them from happening again.

You may notice that there are two types of bolts: one type has a flat edge while the other has an indented edge on one side and an indented groove on its opposite side. These different bolt types ensure that your toilet will drain properly into either hooked-up drains or into P-traps with vents attached to them respectively.

Connect the water supply line

Attach the water supply line to the toilet. Tighten the nut on the bottom of your water supply line, making sure it's not kinked or pinched. Then, look for any leaks that may indicate a problem with your toilet installation.

Test Your Work

After you've completed the installation and tested your work, it's time to verify that everything is working properly. Check for leaks first by placing a bowl under the toilet base. If there are any drips, tighten any loose nuts on the underside of the tank or connect some leak-stopping putty if needed.

Next, flush your toilet and make sure that it performs as expected every time. It should fill completely with water before draining completely as well as drain completely in less than four seconds. If these steps don't seem right to you or if there are any other issues with performance, call a plumber immediately!

Replacing a toilet at home is simple

For the most part, replacing a toilet is a very simple process. However, before you start loosening bolts and unscrewing nuts, it's important to make sure not to over tighten them. Over tightening can cause cracks in the porcelain and lead to leaks over time.

To avoid this problem, use either a wrench or pliers to tighten your bolts after everything else has been put together. Once the seat is installed and all other parts are in place, re-tighten all of them so they're snug but not too tight.

Replacing a toilet is not a difficult project and can be accomplished by anyone with a few simple tools. This guide is designed to help make the process as easy as possible by walking you through each step of the way. By following these instructions and being mindful of what you are doing, you will be able to install a new toilet in no time at all!

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