An Easy Guide to Replacing Your Toilet

Do you need to replace your toilet but worried because you don’t know how? In this article, we will give you an easy guide with graphic illustrations to help you remove and install your new toilet with ease.

What You Will Need

    • New toilet
    • Plumber’s wax
    • Screwdriver
    • Hex wrench
    • Adjustable wrench
    • Level
    • Rubber gloves
    • Bucket
    • Plunger

Step One: Turn Off the Water Supply

The first step you must take before you start the process of installing your new toilet is to turn off the water supply. This is to ensure that when your toilet is disconnected there is no water leaking within your bathroom.

Step Two: Disconnect the Water Supply

Once the water has been shut off, the next step is to disconnect the water supply pipe. To do this you will use a wrench to loosen the tube connection.

Step Three: Remove the Old Toilet

Now it’s time to remove your old toilet. To do this, you need to unscrew and remove the nuts that hold the toilet to the floor. Once the nuts are removed you can then lift the old toilet off the floor and set it aside.

Step Four: Clean the Floor

Before installing your new toilet, it is important to make sure the floor is clean. You might need to use a brush or a vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean the floor in order to make it look clean for your new toilet.

Step Five: Seal the Toilet Base

Once the floor has been cleaned and dried, you can now seal the base of the toilet. You can use plumber’s wax or a special toilet seal kit, but be sure to read the instructions carefully so that the base has been properly sealed.

Step Six: Attach the New Toilet Bowl

Now it’s time to attach the new toilet bowl. To do this you will need to place the new bowl on the wax seal, and then use a hex wrench to tighten the bolts. Make sure the toilet is level so that it is secure and stable.

Step Seven: Connect the New Water Supply

The final step in replacing your toilet is to connect the new water supply. Use an adjustable wrench to screw the water lines/hoses onto the base of the toilet, and then re-attach the supply bowl with the nuts.


By following these steps, you should now have a new and improved toilet installed in your bathroom. Congratulations!

Replacing a toilet is no longer something to be feared, and this guide should help to make removing and installing your new toilet as easy as possible. Now you can enjoy a sleek and shiny toilet installation in your bathroom. Replacing a toilet is far easier than it might first seem, with videos and tutorials available everywhere, it’s a great DIY project that even a novice can tackle with ease. Before you get started however, it’s important to properly prepare and plan the job.

1. Gather Supplies:

You’ll need more than just the new toilet, so make sure to double-check what you need and pick up any supplies you may require. Get a wax ring, screws, caulk, a level, rags, a putty knife, a screwdriver, and a plunger – as a rule of thumb, have enough supplies on-hand for the job.

2. Disconnect Water Lines:

Switch off the water supply, then flush the toilet to release all the water in the tank and bowl. Keep a bucket and a sponge handy to catch any remaining water in the tank or bowl and to mop-up any spills. Disconnect the water supply line, water shutoff valve, and the water outlet tube.

3. Remove the Toilet:

Start by loosening the two nuts that connect the toilet to the floor by unscrewing the bolts you’ll find on either side of the bowl. Lift the toilet off the floor and carefully flip it over. Remove the wax ring and the old bolts. Wash up the area around the flange using a cleaner, rags and a scrub brush if needed.

4. Install the New Toilet:

After cleaning and preparing the area, fit the new wax ring over the holes on the flange. Place the fallen flange over the drain hole and press the new toilet bowl over the attachment points. Tighten the two nuts on either side of the toilet. Replace the water supply line, water shutoff valve and water outlet tube.

5. Finish Up:

Turn your water supply back on and flush the new toilet. Check that it’s working properly and that the nut connections are secure. Once you’re happy with it, use a long and continuous bead of caulk to seal up the gap between the toilet and the surrounding tiles.

While it may seem intimidating, replacing a toilet is actually quite easy if you plan and prepare properly. With some basic supplies, the right steps, and a bit of elbow grease, you should be able to have a new and improved toilet up-and-running in no time.