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If you have an old or leaky toilet or are updating or remodeling your bathroom, do not feel overwhelmed when it comes time to replace the toilet. Some people can handle the job alone while others may need assistance due to the weight. Regardless, by following some simple steps, you can easily replace your toilet, thus eliminating the need for a professional plumber and high costs.

To begin, you need to turn the water off at the supply line. Located behind the toilet is a knob that turns this water off. Next, flush the toilet numerous times to ensure all the water is removed from both the bowl and the tank. To eliminate any remaining water, use a sponge to soak it up. Next, the wing nuts need to be removed. These nuts are used to hold the bowl and tank together. Sometimes, these nuts can be corroded due to leakage and time. If this is the case, use WD-40 or some other type of penetrating oil to loosen. Then the water supply lines going from the toilet to the wall need to be disconnected. Once that step is complete, the tank can be removed from the bowl.

Next, the caps located at the base of the toilet need to be removed. Again, these caps may be corroded and can be loosened the same way as the wing nuts. If they are in severe condition, you can try using heavy-duty pliers to grind them off. Using a utility knife, cut away all the caulk located at the base of the bowl, which will help with the removal process.

Now the bowl can be lifted off, visibly displaying the seal. To ensure your toilet does not leak when the new one is installed, make sure you purchase the correct wax seal. Some are designed with extensions for built up floors while others can be joined back-to-back as a way of creating a double height seal. The best recommendation is to take your seal with you to the hardware or home improvement store so an exact match can be made.

Before refitting the bowl down on the seal, make sure the seal is at room temperature or even warmer. Once the seal is in place, the bowl will be lifted back over the nuts and gently placed into position. To create a good seal, the bowl should be rotated back and forth numerous times. Next, line the bowl up with the wall, making sure the bowl is level. The best option is to use a leveler, making sure everything is level, thus helping to make a tight seal.

The nuts for the bottom of the bowl can now be replaced. The caps should be filled with a small amount of plumber's putty and replaced, which will help keep any water out. Now the tank can be placed back on the bowl. Take a minute to inspect the spud washer to ensure there is no damage and if so, replace it. The wing nuts can now be replaced and the water supply lines reconnected. When secure, turn the water on and again flush several times to check for leaks and refill the bowl and tank. The final step is to apply new caulk around the base of the toilet bowl, creating a waterproof seal. This will protect your floor and add more stability to the base of your new toilet.
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