While you might not be exited to replace or install a new toilet and you’re not even sure you can do it on your own, we are here to tell you that removing and installing a new toilet is actually easier than installing a bathroom faucet. Not only that but taking on the task yourself will save you a lot of money in the process, and the successfully completed job will give you enormous satisfaction and a feeling of achievement as well.

So if you are excited to get things started, let’s go over the main steps you’ll need to follow to get the job done like a pro.

First off, let’s take a look at some of the tools and supplies you’ll need to have before you begin the installation process:

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Utility knife

  • Scraper 

  • Rags

  • Plastic bags

  • Gloves

  • Bucket

Once you get all your supplies, you’re ready to start installing the new toilet. Let’s take a look at some of the dos and don’ts of replacing a toilet so you can finish the job faster and with much less effort.

DO clean the fixture and the floor with an antibacterial solution

Make sure to clean the toilet and the surrounding area before you begin the whole process. Use gloves during the entire process and put on clothing that you won’t mind getting dirty.

DON’T forget to remove all the water from the tank

Before you disconnect the water supply line, you need to shut it off and flush the toilet to remove as much of the water from the tank as possible. 

Use a sponge and a bucket to empty out the whole tank. Repeat the same process for the toilet bowl as well. That way, you can avoid making a mess on the floor and can continue working through the rest of the steps.

DO prepare a spot to set down the toilet once you remove it

Although you’ll be able to get all the water out of the tank and the bowl using a sponge, the toilet’s internal P-trap will still contain some water, which can leak onto the floor when you move it. To avoid this, you can place a flat dolly or a large utility pan so you can safely take it out of the house without making a mess. You can also lay down a few old rags or towels on the floor and set it over them to prevent a mess.

DON’T use your back when lifting the toilet

Once you shut off the water supply line and empty the remaining water, you can go ahead and disconnect the water supply manually or using an adjustable wrench. 

Now comes the fun part – taking out the old toilet.

Start by removing the plastic caps on the two bolts, remove the washers, the nuts and the bolts that hold the toilet in place and lift the toilet using your legs, not your back. 

Be careful not to leave the tank lid on while you’re moving the toilet, so it doesn’t slip and break, chipping your floor in the process as well.

DO be careful when installing the new toilet

Clean the area using a scraper and an antibacterial solution. Remove the old wax ring, add the new one and carefully position the new toilet in place following the same steps you did before but in reverse.