How to Replace a Toilet – Yes, You Can DIY:
1) What Is A Flange? A toilet flange is a metal plate that fits into the bottom of your toilet bowl.
It keeps out water when it rains or when there are leaks in the plumbing system. If you have ever tried to flush with no flushing aid, then you know how frustrating that can be! Water can get inside the pipes and cause problems. So, you need to keep the water out of your home.
2) Where Do I Find One? You will probably want to buy a new flange if you don’t already have one.
There are several places where you can purchase them. Some stores sell them directly, but others may not even carry replacement parts for them. Most hardware stores carry them. And some people just make their own at home.
3) How Much Does It Cost? The cost varies depending on what type of flange you choose to replace.
But, most flanges are between $10-$20, so they aren’t cheap! However, if you do decide to go the DIY route, it shouldn’t take long before you have enough money saved up to afford one.
4) Should I Buy New Parts Or Re-Use My Old Ones? This is something you need to ask yourself.
Most people don’t want to take the risk of using old parts because it can cause worse problems in the future. You also don’t know how long they have been used before. However, if you are on a tight budget, then reusing your old parts may be your only option.
5) Where Can I Get One? There are several places where you can get your replacement parts.
You can go to a big box store to buy them in person, or you can order them online. If you do buy them online, make sure you check the shipping fees. Some websites jack up the price because of how much it costs to ship the item to your house.
6) How Hard Is It To Install? Most people would classify this as a beginner plumbing job.
It really isn’t that hard to do if you have the right tools. However, it does require that you turn off your main water supply before starting this project. It isn’t difficult, but you need to know where your main shut off is located.
7) Do I Need Any Special Skills Or Knowledge? You don’t need any special skills or knowledge to replace your parts.
You just need to know how to turn off your main water supply and how to turn on the disposal once everything is hooked up again. Installing the flange isn’t hard either, as most come with easy to follow instructions.
8) What Else Should I Know? Once the project is complete, you may want to consider installing a new water filter.
This will help prevent any sediment from getting into your pipes and clogging them later on down the road.
The steps to replace a toilet aren’t too difficult. It just requires a little common sense, and you should be fine. Just remember to turn off your water and make sure you don’t drop anything down the toilet (like a ring) as you are working. You don’t want to reach into the bowels of the toilet to retrieve anything!
If your toilet needs its flapper replaced, then this task is a little more involved, but not too complicated. The process is pretty similar to changing a washer on a faucet. The big difference is that you need to drop the tank of the toilet to gain access to everything rather than working from above.
If there is anything really unusual about your toilet, then you might want to consult a professional plumber as they will have the knowledge and experience to handle whatever you are dealing with.
Like with the other projects, turn off the water to the toilet before starting.
How To Replace A Toilet Flapper
The first step in replacing your toilet flapper is to drop the tank of the toilet to gain access to the flapper and chain. It’s usually held in place by two screws on the side. Once you have removed these screws, you can gently lift the tank off and set it aside.
When replacing the flapper, most are pretty easy to access. They may be held in place with a C-clip or simply snapped into place. Just remember, when you are replacing your flapper, you should also be replacing the rubber gasket that goes around it as well. The gasket ensures a tight seal and without it, you run the risk of water leaking from around the edges of the flapper.
Once your new flapper and gasket are in place, you can simply reattach the chain to the handle on top of the tank and then snap the tank back into position. Make sure everything is in place and that the flapper is closed before you turn the water back on. Then just follow the same steps as you did when you were turning off the water, only in reverse.
If you have any problems, repeat the process until everything is working correctly. Then you can confidently sit back and enjoy your new flapper.
How To Replace A Toilet Fill Valve
Replace a fill valve might sound intimidating, but it’s really not that difficult. In fact, a fill valve is one of the easiest components of a toilet to replace. They are also one of the more expensive components, so if you are trying to save money on parts, this isn’t the best way to go about it.
You can easily replace your fill valve without removing the toilet from the floor. The process is very simple and does not require a lot of effort. It just requires some basic tools and about 20 minutes of your time.
All you need to do is shut off the water supply to your toilet, remove the top of the tank, remove the old fill valve, replace it with a new one, and then turn the water back on and check for any leaks.
The most difficult part about this process is getting the top off your tank. Different tanks have different ways of being fastened in place, so you may have to wiggle and pull up a bit or even push down in some cases. Once the top is off, you just have to unscrew the old fill valve from the bottom of the tank and screw in your new one. Then just put the top back on, turn the water back on, and check for any leaks.
If you run into any problems, you can refer back to the instructions for replacing your flapper or ballcocks or seek assistance from a professional.
As you can see, repairing your toilet is not that difficult and does not have to be a headache. While some of these problems can seem intimidating at first, they all have easy solutions and there are plenty of resources online to help you with any questions that you may have.
If you would rather not mess around with any of this stuff and would rather just have someone else do it, you can also seek assistance from a professional who can come to your home and take care of everything for you.
No matter which option you choose, you will now feel better knowing that you can tackle most common toilet problems without having to worry about breaking the bank or needing special tools and skills.
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