Replacing the John

Last month, the guys gave you some tips on how to tell if it was time to get a new toilet. Our bet is that many of you may have kicked the old throne when you read through the results. Sorry about your toe. The good news is, replacing a toilet is not all that hard, and the guys at G&C Plumbing and Heating even offer options on how you can accomplish installation.

Here are their secrets:

“It’s best to have a buddy handy when you are ready to replace a toilet,” said Grand Master Plumber, Greg Sheck who works with his son Brandon during such a task. “Lifting a toilet is cumbersome and it’s easier to obtain a level set on the floor when there are two of you.” Greg also recommends having the following on hand, in addition to the new toilet:

Wax Ring, Adjustable Wrench, Channel Locking Pliers, Screwdriver, Towels, Sponge, Bucket, Penetrating Oil, Putty Knife, and Hold-Down Bolts.

So, once you’ve grabbed a buddy and picked out your new John…

  1. Here is option one on how to replace an old toilet:

  2. Turn off the water to the toilet.

  3. Remove the tank lid.

  4. Remove the refill tube from the overflow pipe and drain water from the tank.

  5. Use a rag to pick up any remaining water.

  6. Disconnect the water supply line.

  7. Disconnect the flapper chain.

  8. Unscrew bolts attached to the tank.

  9. Remove tank from the bowl and place on a towel.

  10. Remove the caps sitting on the bolts.

  11. Unscrew nuts with an adjustable wrench.

  12. Rock the bowl a bit to loosen the grip on the floor and place on a towel.

  13. Remove wax ring from the toilet and the floor.

  14. Clean the floor around the drain hole.

  15. If the bolts look rusty, replace them.

  16. Place a new wax ring on the new toilet and carefully position on top of the drain hole. You only get one shot to place it.

  17. Replace wax ring when you miss.

  18. Replace it again.

  19. Take a break and thank your buddy for being a true friend.

  20. Place the new toilet over the hole and gently rock the bowl until it sits level on the floor.

  21. Screw nuts back on with adjustable wrench.

  22. Place caps on bolts.

  23. Place tank on the bowl.

  24. Screw bolts to attach the tank.

  25. Connect the flapper chain.

  26. Connect the water supply line.

  27. Attach the refill tube to the overflow pipe.

  28. Turn the water back on.

  29. Test the new toilet for any leaks.

  30. Find a way to dispose of your old toilet.

  31. Figure out how to pay your buddy back.

  32. Not bad, right? Just 30 simple steps…

Here is option two:

  1. Call Greg and Brandon


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