Bathroom Remodeling – Changing the Toilet
Remodeling your bathroom is an easy task, even for inexperienced DIY-fans. Doing everything by yourself is a good way of saving money.
What you need are only a couple of tools. Bathroom remodeling is easier than it sounds. You’ll need: thick gloves, some rags, pliers, a wrench, a screwdriver, a knife, a scraper, pry bar, and a caulking gun. Sometimes you’ll need even less. What you’ll need depends on your toilet type.
Besides the tools, you’ll also need bolts, rings (of wax) and a water supply line. Don’t use old parts for the previous toilet; make sure everything you install is new. Older parts may be deteriorated, even if you don’t see it and new parts cost only a couple of dollars.
Some toilets get delivered with everything that you need to mount it (of course, excluding the tools). So, there is no need to rush to buy anything.
Here’s a step-by-step process you can follow:
First step, the supply water has to be turned off. Also flush the toilet, so you won’t have any leaking from the old tank reservoir of the old toilet. Many people forget this step.
Second step is simply preparation. Does the new toilet have any chips? Or is it damaged somehow? In this case, check your transport insurance, since it might cover it. Never ever install a damaged toilet. The crack will only get worse, and at the end you’ll get a huge leak from it. Remove the old toilet and clean thoroughly the floor below it. Also clean the bottom of the new toilet.
Third: Time to disconnect the old toilet, removing the tank, and removing its bolts. Cut the old caulking, that’s why you need the putty knife or any other knife. Remove it and place it carefully upon some rags.
Fourth, installing the new toilet. Now it goes in the inverse way that with the old one. Connect the drain, proceed to sealing it with caulking, screw the bolts, seal them with wax re-connect the water supply. Test it to see that everything is working and that no water is leaking.
It won’t take you much more than a couple of hours. The most inexperienced home-owner can do it right, alone and without too much headaches. It is easier than it seems. Just check that no water is leaking, dripping or otherwise escaping the toilet.