Let’s get started!
Once you have these measurements, visit your local Lowe’s and choose a toilet that fits both the size and style of your bathroom. If you need a little inspiration choosing the most important seat in your house, check out our Toilet Buying Guide.
Once you bring your new toilet home, it’s time to remove the existing one.
Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think!
Prepping Your Toilet
Removing the Closet Bolts
Removing Your Toilet
If You Have a Two-Piece Toilet
Closet Bolt Installation
Setting the Toilet
Set the new toilet on the flange and closet bolts. When you have it in place, squish the wax ring until the toilet settles to the floor.
Note: DO NOT force the toilet down by tightening the nuts on the toilet bolts. You could crack the porcelain base of your toilet. Instead, sit on the toilet but face the wall, (yes, really), and try to centre your weight over the wax ring. Drive the toilet straight down with minimal twisting or shifting from side to side. The goal here is to keep the wax ring intact to prevent any leaking.
Securing Your Toilet
Place the washers on each closet bolt and then tighten each nut in an alternating pattern. This applies pressure evenly across the base. Again, be careful not to over tighten. Put a level across the bowl to ensure it is parallel to the floor. Then, if necessary, cut the bolts to accommodate the installation of the caps. If the caps don’t snap in place, fill them with plumbers putty to secure them to the bolts.
Connect the water supply line to the rear of the toilet and turn on the water valve.
Note: There are several options for the supply line, however, the main two are brass supply lines with compression fittings and braided stainless steel supply lines. Since the brass lines need to be cut to length, most DIYers go with the flexible stainless steel mesh option instead. Hand-tighten the line, then add a quarter turn with pliers. Check for leaks and tighten a bit more if needed.
Lay Out and Mark the Location of the Deck