How To Install Your Toilet
The following are general toilet installation guidelines. Please refer to the manufacturer package provided with purchase for more in depth information regarding your particular toilet.
- Ratchet Wrench and Sockets
- Adjustable Wrench
- Wax Ring and Sleeve
- Plumber's Putty
- Floor Bolts and Mounting Nuts
- Toilet Seat
Install Your Bowl
Step 1: Turn the new toilet bowl upside down and put a new wax ring and sleeve over the drain hole. Press it down firmly to seal the ring. If the ring has a paper cover, remove it.
Step 2: Make sure the toilet flange is clean and the floor bolts point straight up. If you stuffed a rag in the drain hole to plug the sewer gases, take it out. Carefully position the toilet bowl over the flange and fit the holes in the toilet base directly over the floor bolts.
Step 3: Press down on the toilet bowl to compress the wax ring, making a tight seal. Attach the washers and the nuts to the floor bolts and tighten them with an adjustable wrench. (Note: Do not over tighten; you could crack the base.) Attach the trim caps. You may want to caulk the base of the bowl to create a waterproof seal, protecting the floor and providing additional stability.
Install Your Tank
Step 1: On certain tanks, you will be required to install the handle, ballcock, and flush valve. Once you have done so, turn the tank upside down and set the big spud washer over the tailpiece of the flush valve.
Step 2: Turn the tank back over and position it on the toilet bowl, centering the spud washer over the water inlet opening near the back edge of the bowl.
Step 3: Line up the holes on the bottom of the tank with the holes on the top of the bowl. Shift the tank gently until you have lined up the holes; then put a rubber washer on each of the tank bolts and set the bolts through the matching holes with the bolt heads of the inside of the tank.
Step 4: From underneath the bowl, attach the washers and the nuts to the bolts. You'll want to tighten them with a ratchet wrench or basin wrench until snug but remember not to over-tighten.
Step 5: Cut a piece of supply tubing to fit between the shutoff valve and the toilet tank. Attach the line to the valve first, then to the ballcock tailpiece. Tighten the coupling nuts with an adjustable wrench until they are snug. Hold the ballcock while tightening the coupling nut to make the process easier. Turn on the valve to fill the tank with water.
Step 6: Set the bolts into the toilet's mounting holes, screw the mounting nuts onto the seat bolts, and tighten them by hand. (Note: toilet seats are usually not included with the toilet.)
Step 7:Put on the tank cover.