How to Replace a Toilet

This 6 minute video walks you through how to replacing your toilet yourself. It’s not as hard as you think and  GNH can help you get started by making sure you have all the supplies you need!

First, turn off the water supply and flush the toilet to remove all of the water. To remove any remaining water, you can soak it up with a sponge or siphon it out with a rubber tube or turkey baster.

Next, disconnect the supply line to the toilet tank with an adjustable wrench.

Remove the caps from the bolts on either side of the toilet base and remove them with a wrench. Lift out the old toilet and get it out of the way. Scrape away residue from the old wax ring with a putty knife. You can use a utility knife if needed to cut away caulk to make the toilet easier to remove.

Apply new wax ring and place new toilet over the bolts and tighten. Reconnect water supply line and turn on water supply. Flush toilet to check for leaks. Lastly, apply caulk to the base of bowl to protect floor and provide additional stability.

Remember, if you have any questions about installations, just call our specialists at GNH Lumber.

What is needed for the job
  • Sponge
  • Caulk
  • New Wax Ring
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Putty Knife
  • Utility Knife