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Changing the toilet is not as difficult as it may seem. The hardest part is the one in which you need to have enough force to lift the weight of the toilet and then place it. The dimensions can also delay its placement, as it usually is a very limited space. With some strength, several tools and the proper instructions and explanations you may be able to assembly and install it. If it seems overwhelming calling a professional plumber to do the installation is advised.

Follow these steps for the best chances of success…

1) Empty the tank and shut the water off. If there is some water in the bottom, it must be removed with a sponge.

2) Remove the connecting pipe from the access to the inside of the tank, where it will loosen the corresponding nut to release it.

3) To remove the tank of the toilet, loosen the bolts from inside the tank with a screwdriver while holding the nut on the outside of the tank with pliers. Leave the tank aside and wipe any remaining water in the toilet with a sponge.

4) Remove the bolts located in the toilet base. These pins can be difficult to remove. If there is plumber’s putty, it should be scraped from them, or you may need to apply some penetrating oil to loosen the bolts if they are rusty. If these methods do not work well, use a hacksaw and cut the bolts.

5) Next move the toilet forward and backward to break the seal between the cup, the soil and the pipe. Carefully remove the toilet and set it aside. To reduce odor, using rubber gloves and a protection for the face,seal the large drain hole with cloth tape to avoid allowing the sewer gases being releasedUnscrew and remove the rim around the drain pipe and the scraper, then remove any old plumber’s putty in the soil so that the new toilet can later be sealed with the new putty.

6) Turn the new putting cup upside down on a towel or soft cloth to prevent damage. Place plumber’s putty around the base to make a tight seal and prevent odors from the drainpipe.

7) Place the rubber extensible seal in the bottom exit hole on the floor and press until it fills the right place.

8) Place plumber’s putty around the base of the bolts before putting it in place. Screw the new base and new bolts on the floor.

9) Remove the rags that had been placed in the drain hole. Then turn to the toilet and lower position so that the pins are aligned in the base, so the corresponding toilet can fit. You may need help from another person for this phase.

10) Level the toilet bowl. You can place shims to make it level.

11) Slide a washer for each bolt and tighten the nuts to secure. Press very slowly and alterning because otherwise the bowl may break.

12) Install the tank on the toilet. Put the tank aligned with the holes and place it slowly to avoid tearing or damaging the toilet. Replace and tighten the screws together, number and position of them may vary depending on the model and type of tank used.

13) Put plumbers tape around the threads before restoring the water supply connector pipe to the tank. Open the water from the tap and let the tank be filledFlush and empty the tank of the toilet several times and check for leaks. Finally verify that the toilet seat is secure enough and recheck if it is tight. If it works properly, theplacement of a toilet will be successfully completed.

If the problem is a leaky toilet

On the other hand, your toilet may need to be repaired due to leaks. In this regard, statistics show that many homes pay more in the water bill as a result of a leak in the toilet. It has being shown that an unsuccessful toilet can waste up to 6000 gallons of water a month.

Here are the basic steps to repair a toilet:

1. Close the water supply valve beneath the toilet. Flush the toilet so that you can work on the tank.

2. Locate the bolts holding the tank to the base of the toilet; they are under the tank and most toilets have four screws.

3. Remove the tank lid and place a flathead screwdriver into the tank and then screw it to top, this will prevent the bolt from turning when tightening the nut on the bottom.

4. Place an adjustable wrench and tighten the nuts so that the key is firmly around the bolt. If the key is too loose around the nuts they could be damaged.

5. Turn the key clockwise to tighten the screw. Rotate clockwise until you can no longer tighten the screw easily.

6. Tighten the bolts remaining in the bottom of the tank similarly.

7. Clean the bottom of the tank with a towel until it is completely dry. Next, open the water supply valve to fill the tank and check for leaks. If the tank is still leaking, confirm that all screws have been tightened properly.

If the problem is a running toilet

Compared with some of the headaches that go along with plumbing problems, a toilet tank valve is a minor issue. Yet a steady trickle of water is a waste of both water and money, and eventually it will get on your nerves. When you flush the toilet, the flapper lifts, letting water flow into the bowl. As the tank empties, the flapper sinks to block the opening, which allows the tank to refill. If water seems to trickle through a toilet long after it has been flushed, probably the problem is a worn rubber flapper valve at the bottom of the tank. By jiggling the handle, you might be able to get the trickle to stop, but eventually this trick stops working.

Good news is that changing an old flapper for a new one is a quick and not expensive job. Begin by closing the supply line to the tank. Remove the rubber flapper from the assembly. Some snap off and require no tools; others are held in place with a machine screw. Although generic flappers are available, take the flapper with you to be sure you get the right one. Simply replace the old flapper with a new one, just be very careful not to break off the barbed plastic pin.