How to Install a toilet

Gather the necessary tools and materials: You’ll need a new toilet, a wax ring, closet bolts, a wrench (adjustable or open-end), a screwdriver, a level, a measuring tape, and a putty knife. Get a Bristol plumber to everything for you if it seems too much.

how to install a toilet
  1. Prepare the area: Ensure the bathroom floor is clean and level. If there was an old toilet, remove it by following the steps to remove a toilet.
  2. Position the wax ring: Place the wax ring onto the flange, ensuring it is centered and seated properly.
  3. Install the closet bolts: Insert the closet bolts into the flange slots, making sure they are parallel and properly aligned.
  4. Place the toilet: Carefully position the toilet bowl over the wax ring and align the closet bolts with the holes in the base of the toilet.
  5. Lower the toilet: Gently lower the toilet bowl onto the wax ring and ensure it is properly aligned with the wall and floor. Press down firmly to compress the wax ring.
  6. Install the washers and nuts: Place the washers over the closet bolts, followed by the nuts. Hand-tighten the nuts, ensuring the toilet remains properly aligned.
  7. Level the toilet: Use a level to check if the toilet is level from front to back and side to side. Adjust the position as needed by tightening or loosening the nuts.
  8. Tighten the nuts: Use a wrench to tighten the nuts, being careful not to overtighten and risk damaging the toilet or flange.
  9. Install the tank: Place the tank onto the bowl, aligning the bolts with the corresponding holes. Insert washers and nuts, tightening them by hand until snug.
  10. Connect the water supply: Attach the water supply line to the bottom of the tank, ensuring it is tight but not overly so. Turn on the shut-off valve to allow water to fill the tank.
  11. Check for leaks: Inspect the connections and base of the toilet for any signs of water leaks. If leaks are detected, tighten the connections as needed.
  12. Install the toilet seat: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install the toilet seat onto the bowl, using a screwdriver or wrench as necessary.
  13. Test the toilet: Flush the toilet several times to ensure proper functioning and check for any leaks.
  14. Caulk around the base (optional): Apply a thin bead of silicone caulk around the base of the toilet to create a neat and waterproof seal, if desired.

A tip: Always check that your toilet drain is connected properly or ask local Bristol plumbers to check it for you.

How to Install a toilet
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