If you’ve had time to browse through my website, you will notice that I’ve done my best to make sure you get some good, honest reviews about various toilets there are on the market.
However, once you’ve decided and bought your new toilet, it still needs to be installed. That’s why I decided to add more information for those of you that want to know how you can go about replacing or installing one, without the need to pay for a plumber.
Some people of course would prefer to use a professional, but this job is actually simpler than you might think. One reason for this is there isn’t much in the way of connections to deal with. In fact, there is only two to deal with: the water supply and the sewage. The latter doesn’t even have to be connected, just make sure your toilet fits over it properly or you could end up with a nasty mess all over your bathroom floor.
What you should make sure you do BEFORE you even buy your new toilet is calculate the amount of space you have.
Measure the length from your wall to the center of the water outlet. If it’s 12 inches, you have a standard size. It’s important you do this because some older homes do vary, and the last thing you need is to spend your hard earned cash on a toilet that won’t fit!
What You Will Need
As I’ve said, there isn’t really a great deal to installing or replacing a toilet, but you will need to make sure you have the following:
- A Wrench
- Some heavy duty rubber gloves. It doesn’t matter how clean you keep your toilet, you will be touching parts where bacteria can hide so make sure you protect your hands.
- A bit of muscle – there will be lifting involved.
Points to Consider
Speaking of lifting, you shouldn’t undertake this unless you know you can handle it. If necessary call in a friend who can help. It’s very easy to cause yourself some harm if you don’t lift the parts to your toilet properly. You might also drop the parts, which will not only mean having to buy a new one; you could end up at accident and emergency with a broken foot!
Something else to consider is the water supply. You should know how to switch this off before attempting to install or replace a toilet. The reason for this is kind of obvious – you don’t want a flood on your hands!
Some Expert Advice
To make this job as easy as possible for you, I’ve added the video below which gives you step-by-step instructions on how to complete this DIY job. Just take your time and before you know it, you’ll have a brand new toilet installed in your bathroom!