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How To Remove Your Old Toilet

The following are general toilet removal guidelines.

Tools Needed:

  • Wrenches
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Putty Knife

Step 1: Turn off the shutoff valve on the water supply line. Flush the toilet to empty the tank and the bowl, then sponge them both dry. Disconnect both ends of the water supply tube at the shutoff valve and at the toilet tank.

Step 2: Using a ratchet wrench or a basin wrench, remove the nuts from the mounting bolts that hold the tank onto the bowl. There will be two or three of them -- one on each side of the tank, and perhaps one in the middle. Carefully lift the tank off the bowl and set it aside.

Step 3: If you still have trim caps on the floor bolts, pry them off and then remove the nuts from the floor bolts with an adjustable wrench. If the nuts won't budge, try spraying them with penetrating oil or you may have to cut the bolts with a hacksaw or split the nuts with a nut splitter.

Step 4: Underneath the toilet is a wax ring that seals the bottom of the bowl to the toilet flange -- that is the end of the drain pipe. To break the seal, gently rock the toilet back and forth. When it is free, lift off the bowl and set it aside.

Step 5: Using a putty knife, scrape away the old wax from the toilet flange and the bottom of the toilet. Clean the flange and horn with a stiff wire brush. Right about now you will probably be smelling sewer gas. To keep it from entering your home, stuff a rag into the hole. Cover the flange and rag with an inverted bucket until you are ready to install your new toilet.

Revised: Tuesday July 21 2020

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