DIY for Toilet

This DIY Contains:

• Installing A Toilet

• Rebuilding Your Toilet Tank

• Replacing Your Supply Line

Here at Plumbing Solutions, we take pride in providing great plumbing services at affordable prices. We also enjoy educating others with the knowledge to do simple tasks themselves.

This how-to page offers DIY solutions to the most common toilet problems. With this information, simple toilet maintenance will be something you'll be able to handle like a professional!

Installing A ToiletStep 1: Prepare Your Work Area

Be sure to have your toilet bowl, toilet tank, and toilet seat unpackaged and prepared for installation. Be careful not to lose any bolts or parts when doing this. Make sure the area around the toilet flange is clear of debris and the flange itself is in good shape. If your area is prepped, go ahead in slide your toilet bolts into the slots on either side of the flange. Make sure they are even with each other so that the toilet will sit straight. Then, place the wax onto the flange over the drain, like in the image to the right.

What You Will Need:• Toilet Bowl

• Toilet Tank

• Toilet Seat

• 1 Wax Ring

• 1 Set of Closet Bolts

• 1 Toilet Supply Line

• 1 Wrench Set

Step 2: Setting The Bowl

With your area now prepped for your toilet bowl, It's time to set it. Take the toilet bowl and carefully set it onto the flange so that the toilet bolts you put in place earlier go through the holes on either side of the toilet bowl. When the bowl is straight, push down with your weight, sealing the toilet with the flange with the wax ring.

*Careful not to pull up on the toilet after. It will break the wax seal and create leaks under the toilet.

With the bowl down over the bolts and the wax ring sealed, place the cap washers, washers, and nuts onto the toilet bolts. Tighten each side a few turns at a time to prevent cracking the bowl. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THE BOWL. IT WILL CRACK. You will know it is tight enough when the bowl has no movement in it. Pop on the toilet bolt caps and the bowl is set.

Step 3: Attaching The Tank

Your bowl is good and solid and now it's time to set the tank. The tank comes with a black rubber gasket. Sometimes the gasket is already on, sometimes it's not. If it is not, slip the black rubber gasket onto the bottom of the tank over the big opening. Set the tank onto the bowl, with the black gasket settling into the hole on the back of the bowl. Slide the provided tank bolts and rubber washers down into the tank, through the holes, coming out the bottom, through the bowl. Slide on the metal washers and nuts. Tight each side a little at a time to prevent the tank from leaning to one side or cracking. Once there is no movement in the tank, it is tight enough. Put on the tank lid, and your toilet tank is installed.

Step 4: Mounting the Toilet Seat and Connecting the Water Supply

Set the toilet seat onto the toilet. Put the provided seat bolts through the holes in the seat and through the holes on the bowl. Apply the nuts and tighten until it's snug.

Attach the supply line to the water inlet on the left side, on the bottom of the toilet tank. Tighten the other end of the supply line to the water supply stop. Do not over tighten. Cut the water back on at the stop and check for leaks around the stop, the supply line connections, the tank to bowl connections, and the bowl to floor seal.

Rebuilding Your Toilet Tank To shut off your water, use the stop located behind the toilet on the left side. Turn the handle to the right until it stops. The water is now off to just your toilet. Hold down the handle of the toilet until the tank is empty. There will still be a little water left in the tank. This can be sponged out.

What You Will Need?
1 new Flush Valve1 New Fill ValveChannel Lock Pliers

Flathead Screwdriver

Crescent Wrench

Step 2: Removing the Tank

Loosen the toilet tank bolts located in the bottom of the toilet tank. Holding the top with a flat head screwdriver, loosen the nut on the bottom of the tank-to-bowl connection. Once these are removed, unscrew the water supply line. Remember that the tank threads are upside down, so make sure to turn it the right way to loosen the supply line.

Step 3: Taking the Toilet Tank Apart

With the tank disconnected from the toilet, it will be quick and easy to remove all the old parts and install the new. First, unhook the flapper chain from the handle and remove the fill tube from the overflow tube. (These parts are identified in the diagram to the left.) Then, unscrew the nut from the fill valve on the bottom of the tank. Once the nut is off, the fill valve should come out. Now, unscrew the nut from the flush valve on the bottom of the tank. This will release the flush valve and the toilet will be completely dismantled.

Step 4: Installing New Toilet Parts

With the tank disconnected from the toilet, it will be quick and easy to remove all the old parts and install the new. First, unhook the flapper chain from the handle and remove the fill tube from the overflow tube. (These parts are identified in the diagram to the left.) Then, unscrew the nut from the fill valve on the bottom of the tank. Once the nut is off, the fill valve should come out. Now, unscrew the nut from the flush valve on the bottom of the tank. This will release the flush valve and the toilet will be completely dismantled.

Step 5: Reattaching the Toilet Tank and Supply line

Set the toilet tank on to the bowl so that the black gasket sits in the hole on the back of the bowl. Slide the toilet tank bolts and rubber washers into the tank through the tank holes. Screw back on the washers and nuts from the bottom of the tank to bowl connection. Tighten each side a little at a time to prevent cracking and unevenness. The tank is tight enough when there is no movement. Hook up the water supply to the fill valve inlet on the bottom of the tank. Do not over tighten. Once the supply line is connected, cut the water back on and let the toilet fill up. Check for leaks around the tank-to-bowl connection and the fill valve inlet.

Replacing Your Toilet Supply LineStep 1: Removing The Old Supply Line

Shut off the water at the shutoff. Turn the handle to the right to shut off the water. Now that the water is off, unscrew the supply line from the stop. Careful not to jerk on the stop. It's under pressure and can blow off if you are rough with it. Next, unscrew the supply line from the toilet tank. Remember that the threads are upside down on the toilet tank. Be sure to that you are turning it the right way. Once the supply is removed, you're ready for your new supply line.

Step 2: Installing Your New Supply LineConnect your new supply line to the toilet inlet valve where the old one was hooked up. Careful not to cross-thread the threads. Remember the direction of the threads since they are upside down. Tighten until its snug. Do not over tighten. Next connect the supply to the stop. Tighten until it becomes tough. Be careful with the stop. Once both connections are made, turn the water back on and check for leaks around the connections. Tighten if necessary.