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This article will explain the step by step process involved in removing a old toilet and replacing to with a new one.

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Step 1: Shut off the water supply

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Turn the supply valve clockwise

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Step 2: Flush the toilet to drain the water

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Hold the lever up to flush as much of the water out of the tank as possible

Step 3: Disconnect the water supply from the tank base

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Turn the fitting counter clockwise. When unthreaded, gently pull down on the supply line.

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Step 4: Remove the tie down nuts at the toilet bowl base

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To do this you must first pry up the caps covering the tie down nuts.

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Plastic Caps
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Tie Down Nuts

Step 5: Remove the tank lid

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Place it where it will not get knocked over.

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Tank Lid

Step 6: Lift the bowl to detach it from the floor

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Be sure to keep the bowl level to prevent spilling trapped water.
Scrape any wax off the flange on the floor.
Place a rag inside the flange to prevent sewer gases from escaping into the bathroom

Step 7: Place seal around hole in bottom / outside of tank.

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The flat side faces the toilet
Remove the rag from the flange

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Seal

Step 8: Place tank on base

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Step 9: Insert bolts through tank and base, then tighten

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Be sure not to overtighten these bolts too much or tank with crack.

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Step 10: Ensure flange is tight to floor

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If the flange is not tight on the floor it may be necessary to remove the old wax ring. Tighten or replace the flange screws if necessary

Step 11: Install the flange bolts

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Flange bolts

Step 12: Position the wax ring on the flange

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Step 13: Lower toilet onto flange

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In order to properly seat the toilet onto the flange push down with one hand on each side of bowl.

Step 14: Install washers and nuts

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Slowly hand tighten these nuts on each side of bowl to ensure proper seating of the toilet onto the flange.

Step 15: Install the caps

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Caps

Step 16: Reconnect the water line.

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Step 17: Turn on water supply.

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Rotate the valve counterclockwise

 
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