As a home improvement expert, I'm here to help you with replacing your toilet. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:
Gather necessary tools and materials:
Towels or rags
New toilet (including bowl, tank, seat, and wax ring)
Toilet mounting bolts
Teflon tape (optional)
Turn off the water supply: Locate the shutoff valve behind or beside the toilet, and turn it clockwise to shut off the water. Flush the toilet to drain the water from the bowl and tank. Use a plunger to force any remaining water down the drain. Soak up the remaining water with a towel or sponge and bucket.
Disconnect the water supply line: Using an adjustable wrench, disconnect the water supply line from the fill valve at the bottom of the tank.
Remove the old toilet:
a. Remove the toilet seat: Unscrew the bolts holding the seat to the bowl and lift it off.
b. Detach the tank from the bowl: Unscrew the nuts connecting the tank to the bowl, then lift the tank off the bowl.
c. Remove the bowl: Unscrew the nuts holding the bowl to the floor. Gently rock the bowl back and forth to break the seal and lift it off the flange. Place the bowl on a towel or rag to prevent scratching the floor.
Clean the flange: Remove the old wax ring and any debris from the flange. Inspect the flange for any damage; if it's cracked or broken, you may need to replace it.
Install the new wax ring: Place the new wax ring onto the flange, with the rounded side facing up.
Position the new toilet bowl: Carefully lower the new toilet bowl onto the wax ring and mounting bolts, ensuring the mounting bolts pass through the holes in the base. Apply even pressure to compress the wax ring and create a watertight seal. Hand-tighten the nuts onto the mounting bolts.
Attach the tank: Place the tank onto the bowl, aligning the mounting holes. Insert the bolts and tighten the nuts evenly to avoid cracking the porcelain.
Reconnect the water supply line: Connect the water supply line to the fill valve on the bottom of the tank. You can use Teflon tape on the threads for a better seal, but it's not always necessary.
Turn on the water supply: Slowly turn the shutoff valve counterclockwise to restore the water supply. Check for any leaks around the base and at the water supply connection.
Install the toilet seat: Follow the manufacturer's instructions to attach the seat to the toilet bowl.
Perform a final check: Flush the toilet several times to ensure proper function and to check for any leaks.
Congratulations! You've successfully replaced your toilet. If you encounter any issues or need further assistance, don't hesitate to ask.