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Are you getting rid of your old toilet fixture, but not sure where to start? The process needn't be difficult. All you have to do is follow our how-to guide to removing an old toilet:
1. Before you start removing an old toilet, turn off the water supply, usually located on the supply valve below the left side of the tank.
2. Flush your old toilet fixture and remove any remaining water from the bowl and tank with a small plastic container.
3. Disconnect the old toilet fixture from the supply line. If you plan on installing a new supply line, you can remove it from the supply valve.
4. Remove the top of the tank and set it aside in a safe place where it won't fall and where you won't trip over it.
5. Where the bowl meets the tank, you will find a pair of bolts. Remove the tank from the bowl by unscrewing these bolts with a wrench and lifting the bowl off the gasket. You can use oil if the bolts have rust.
6. Remove the bolt caps and closet bolts from the base of the toilet fixture.
7. Release the bowl from its wax gasket by rocking it back and forth. You can use a large trash bag to contain the bowl and loose wax particles.
8. Plug the drain hole with a rag to keep gas from entering the room. Be careful to ensure the rag does not slip into the drain line.
9. Using a putty knife, scrape the remaining wax off the floor surface. Once the surface is clean and level, you can install a new toilet fixture.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|