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Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.

I Am My Father's Daughter

How To Install A New Toilet

Beatrice Reid

Toilets are an essential part of a home, so when yours starts leaking or if it's just time to get rid of that baby blue toilet and update it with something a little more modern, you can call out a plumber or try to tackle the job yourself. Replacing a toilet doesn't take too much plumbing know-how and can be done in just about an hour or so. See below for instructions on how to remove an old toilet and install a new one.

Tools For The Job:

  • Crescent wrench
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rags or cloths
  • Bucket
  • New toilet
  • Wax ring
  • Level


  1. To start, turn off the water to your toilet. You should see the shutoff valve just behind your toilet or to one side. 
  2. Once the water is turned off, flush the toilet a few times to get the water out of the tank. When you have most of the water out of the tank, you can begin disassembling the toilet. Take apart the water line going to the tank, catching any leftover water with the bucket and rags. Using a crescent wrench and screwdriver, remove the bolts and nuts holding the tank to the base/seat. 
  3. Take the tank off carefully and remove it from your house (you can keep the entire toilet together to remove it, but it's easier to carry in two separate pieces). Next, remove the base from the floor by removing the floor bolts/nuts with the crescent wrench. Pull up on the toilet to shake it loose from the wax ring and flange, then remove it as well. Place a rag in the hole in the floor to keep smells from coming up and into your home.
  4. Once the old toilet is removed, you can replace it with the new one. Remove the old wax ring, and replace it with a brand new wax ring (install the new bolts before replacing the wax ring). When installing the wax ring, be sure it is level.
  5. Next, set the new toilet on top of the wax ring, lining up the bolts with the holes on the base. Move the toilet base around to be sure it is sitting level. Once you have it level, put the nuts in place to hold the base in place. Use a grinder or bolt cutter to cut down the bolts (that are always too long), then cover them with the plastic bolt covers that came with your toilet.
  6. Install the tank next by attaching the bolts/nuts to the base. Then install a new water line to the toilet tank. 
  7. Turn the water back on and check for any leaks. Flush the toilet a few times to be sure it is working properly.

Whether replacing an old leaky toilet or updating an old toilet with a more modern one, you can do the replacement work yourself or hire a plumber for help. For more information, contact local professionals like Salinas & Sons Rooter Service.