How To Install A Toilet

The old toilet in the house would crack and or get damaged after years of use. In such condition a new toilet has to be placed to replace the old one. Most homeowners call a plumber to install a toilet. But installing a toilet can be a simple DYI job which can save you the money that goes in installing it. Let’s see how to install a toilet-
• You have to begin with preparing the floor and pipe. Remove the old toilet. The dirty old wax ring has to be scraped away. Now carefully inspect the flange, if it is broken. Repair kits are available in big stores. Bring one and follow the instructional manual to repair it.

• If you are going to install a toilet from the scratch, take a look at the hole on the floor that was made during the construction of the house for installation of the toilet. Check if it is of right size to accommodate the closet flange up to its collar. In case it has to be made bigger, trace around the flange's base with a pencil, then cut away the excess flooring with a jigsaw. Be careful as not to cut any joist.
• Now dry fit the soil pipe into the closet bend. Place the flange over the soil pipe. Note the gap that is between the floor and the bottom of the flange's collar. Trim the soil pipe so that the collar of the flange rests on the floor.

• Now apply PVC primer on the inside of the closet bend and on one side of the solid pipe. Twist the soil pipe into the closet bend. Now apply cement to the other end of the soil pipe and inside of flange. Fit the flange onto the soil pipe until the collar is fixed tightly on the floor. The slots of the flange should be positioned to the right and left of the hole. This is to enable the closet bolts that will go into the slots should be parallel to the wall behind the tank. The flange has to be secured to the floor with stainless steel screws. The screws should be long enough to reach the sub floor.

• Now it is time fit the stop valve. Locate the supply line. Cut the line with a tube-cutter, but leave about 1 inch of pipe. This is to attach the stop valve and the escutcheon. Now allow the pipe to drain. Keep a bucket beneath it. Clean the inside and outside of the pipe with pipe cleaner. Apply flux on the pipe and slip the escutcheon over the supply line. The escutcheon would be followed by the supply valve. The valve will sit in a manner so that its outlet points upward. Now take a propane torch and heat the supply line stop valve. After the joint is hot enough run the soldering around it. The supply valve is now fixed.
• It is better to assemble toilet that comes in the shipped pack before you install it. It will not be a difficult to accomplish job as the instruction about the assembly will present in the manual that will come with the toilet. Now put the wax ring on the flange or on underside of the toilet. You can use an extended-height wax ring, if the flange is too low.

• Place the toilet over flange in a way so that the holes align with the closet bolts. Press the toilet in this position and secure it on the flange with washers over the bolts and hand-tighten the nuts on both sides.
• Check if the toilet is sitting stably and not rocking back and forth. If it is rocking, then shim the toilet with stainless steel washers. Position the toilet so that it is at a level and does not rock; push the washers through below the edge so that they are not visible. Tighten the nuts on the closet bolts and attach the bolt caps to conceal the closet bolts.

• Now use a 3/8″ connector to connect it with the supply line. When everything is connected, fill up the tank by opening the supply valve. Make sure there are no leaks. Also adjust the fill valve so that the water level reaches the fill line.

• Now put caulk at the base of the toilet. It will give the toilet a more polished look.
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