Installing your own toilet might seem like it is a major renovation, but in fact it is one of the easiest home improvements to do on your own. Do not waste money by hiring a plumber to do this when you can do it yourself for a huge fraction of the cost.
The first thing that you need to do before getting started is to measure the toilet that you are looking to replace. You want to make sure that when you go to buy a new one you get one that is similar in size to that one. You do not want to buy one that is too small or too large to fit properly.
You should do a little research before you purchase a new toilet. There are many different kinds out there, and you should make yourself aware of them before you start investing any money. The newer toilets are made to be more energy efficient because they use less water and the bowls run for a shorter time. Shop around and choose the one that suits you and your needs.
Now that you are aware of what toilets are available, and whether or not you will be eligible for a rebate, it is time to go out and buy a toilet. The best place to go is to a large home improvement store because you will have a much larger selection. You should try doing a little comparison shopping to make sure that you are getting the best deal.
You have to be careful when you remove the old toilet because you do not want to damage anything. Take your time with it to make sure that you are doing things the right way. Most of the time the toilet will lift right off after the bolts are removed.
The next thing that you want to do is to install the flange as well as the new toilet. This is not very hard at all and can be done in just a few minutes.
Once you have installed your new toilet you want to flush it a few times to make sure that it is not leaking. If you notice any water coming from the sides of it you need to turn the water off, remove the toilet and try re-installing it.
Once that is done all you have left to do is to install the toilet seat, place the caps on it and add some caulk to the edges to make sure it is all sealed.
Quick Tip: If your toilet is not completely level once you install it, use one or two pennies as “shims” under the base to level it.
You can save a lot of money by installing your new toilet, but you have to have the proper tools and take the time to do it properly. On a DIY difficulty scale of 1 to 10 this job rates a 4 (this rating is based on someone who is an experienced with do it yourself projects and is not afraid to get their hands dirty).