With the economy as it currently is, I always have to find ways to save money when it comes to my shop, and that includes calling on friends to assist me in times of need. Right now, I have had to call on a dear friend to help me install a new toilet in the shop because I simply cannot afford the exorbitant costs that can come with paying a professional company to come in and do the job. Since I don’t know how to install one, I thought it would be to my advantage to ask a friend and also watch to get more insight into the process so that in the future it may be possible for me to even do it myself from start to finish.
For some people that are more technical, it may seem fairly easy, but since I am not one of those people, I know that I need a bit of help just so I won’t mess it up. When you have the skills to pull things off of this nature, of course they are easy to do, but I am the type of person that learns by doing, and the easiest way to learn is to literally stand side by side someone else and learn from them. There are many places online where you can to go learn the intricacies of replacing a toilet, and I have found a few of them, but at the end of the day, I still prefer the more direct approach. The site http://www.planitdiy.com/how-to/plumbing/how-to-replace-a-toilet/
is an awesome one for those that are more adventurous than I happen to be in this area. There are some rules below that can help your experience that much easier.
Measuring Before You Buy
For those that are in the market to buy and install a toilet, you definitely should start from the ground up and measure everything so you won’t have to deal with any abrupt surprises. For the vast amount of toilets, you should measure from directly on the wall to the hold-down bolts on the toilet. The majority of homes carry those that are either 10-inch or 14-inch models. If yours are not either of these two, you will probably have to spend a bit more money before installation. You should also know that it is important to measure any doors that are located near your toilet and how far the bowl protrudes from your walls. Replacing a standard toilet with more elongated models may compromise the installation process, so it is important to read up on the exact specifications before starting any renovations.
You will definitely want to check labels to ensure you are getting the correct nuts and bolts. The brass bolts wont rust and are far easier to cut if you need to do so in the future. Buy screws that are made of stainless steel if you think you may need to re-anchor those toilet flanges as they are not going to corrode and break off like steel versions.