THE HANDYMAN ZONE
"Hammer it Out in the Zone"

• HOME IMPROVEMENT ZONE • APPLIANCE ZONE • CAR ZONE •

HOME

 

HOMEHOW-TO PAGESBOOK STORELittle Giant LaddersFREE STUFF10% off purchase of off ALL major appliances $299 LINK TO US

HUNGRY? TRY PlusRecipes.com

Custom Search

 

Share |

             

 

 

 Turn 21 today!

 

 Buy Starbucks Here!

 

 

 

 Find Your American Dream

Hey, you're in the home improvement zone--YOUR HANDYMAN ZONE!

Plumbing Category: Toilets

Improvement Project:

How to reseat a toilet.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Appropriate wax ring (with a sleeve) replacement

  • Appropriate toilet floor flange replacement

  • Appropriate flush valve replacement

  • Power drill with the appropriate drill bit (to drill through any stubborn screws)

  • Carpenter's level

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Screwdriver

  • Locking pliers / Channellock® pliers by Channellock, Inc.

  • Caulking gun

  • White caulking tube (that is waterproof)

  • Putty knife / joint knife

  • Teflon tape / plumber's tape

  • Food dye

  • Penetrating oil (for loosening)

  • Cloths/rags

  • Scrap cardboard (to lay toilet upside down)

  • Tarp (to lay toilet upside down)

  • Wood shims

Guide:

Over the course of the use of your toilet, you may encounter a leak coming from the base of it, which will require you to reseat it with a new wax ring.

Reseating a toilet can be done in a few steps, and here's how:

  1. Empty out the water from and discontinue the water supply to the toilet that is about to be serviced:  Shut off the water that leads to your toilet by turning the shutoff valve completely clockwise, the valve of which is usually found on the wall below the toilet tank.

Then flush the toilet once more time to get rid of most of the water that remains in the toilet.

After this, lift up and remove the lid of the toilet tank and then use a cloth/rag to soak up the water that remains in the tank.

Using locking pliers, Channellock pliers, or an adjustable wrench, as may be applicable, unloosen the nut that secures the water supply line to the toilet in order to disengage this line from the toilet, itself.

  1. Next, remove the tank from the rest of the toilet:  Using locking pliers, Channellock pliers, or an adjustable wrench, as may be applicable, unloosen the bolts that secure the tank to the toilet, and then lift the tank from the top of the toilet and set it down gently to the side.

  2. Remove the toilet seat by removing the screws that secure it to the toilet:  Take off the seat screw caps, as applicable, that reveal the screws that you can unscrew with locking pliers, Channellock pliers, or an adjustable wrench.  If you have a  hard time removing the toilet seat screws, you may try to loosen the screws by applying a few drops of penetrating oil on them, per the penetrating oil manufacturer's instructions.  If that does not work, you'll need to use your power drill, with the appropriately-sized drill bit, to drill through such stubborn screws.

  1. Having unscrewed it and removed it from the toilet, set the seat gently to the side, and now focus on moving the toilet body (bowl and all that remain) from its place:  Take off the floor bolt caps, as applicable, that reveal the screw nuts that you now must unscrew with locking pliers, Channellock pliers, or an adjustable wrench.

Having unscrewed the screw nuts, now carefully rock the toilet left to right , back and forth, in order to break the seal between the base of the toilet and the floor, and then actually lift the toilet off of the bolts.  Set the removed toilet upside onto a tarp, scrap cardboard or rags/cloths to protect the toilet from being damaged.

  1. Use a rag/cloth to temporarily stick in the toilet drain opening exposed by the removal of the toilet in order to keep the sewer smell down to a minimum while working.

  2. Check to see if the toilet floor flange is cracked or otherwise damaged; if so, replace the flange now; follow the flange manufacturer's instructions.

  3. With the toilet turned upside, allowing the toilet wax ring to be seen, remove this wax ring with a joint knife or putty knife.

  4. In place of the old, removed wax ring, install the wax ring replacement (make sure the wax ring is not cold, but at least at warm room temperature for good adherence):  Press into place the wax ring replacement over the toilet base horn/waste outlet, where the old wax ring used to be, per the wax ring manufacturer's instructions; as may applicable and per the wax ring manufacturer's instructions, apply plumber's putty around the wax ring.

  5. Then, with a caulking gun, cocked with a caulking tube of waterproof white caulking, apply a bead of such caulking around the whole perimeter base of the toilet while it remains upside down.

  6. Upon applying the caulking and removing any rag/cloth you previously placed in the

     

    toilet drain to suppress the sewer smell, you are ready to set the toilet back into place:  Turn the toilet back to its upright position and place it over the toilet floor flange so that the toilet floor flange bolts line into place with the bolt holes of the toilet as it is lowered to the floor, over the flange.  In properly reseating this toilet, you should feel that the toilet seems to be pushing into the newly installed wax ring, positively indicating you are creating a tight seal between the toilet wax ring and the toilet floor flange.

  7. Next, with a carpenter's level, check to make sure that the reseating of the toilet is relatively level.  If the toilet is a bit off, add some wood shims wherever necessary underneath the base of the toilet until the reseating of the toilet becomes level.

  8. Screw the floor bolt nuts into place; tighten them with locking pliers, Channellock pliers, or an adjustable wrench.  Then put the floor bolt caps over these nuts, as may be appplicable.

  9. Re-install the tank:  Lift the tank up and place it over the toilet to where it previously was located, and then use locking pliers, Channellock pliers, or an adjustable wrench, as may be applicable, to tighten the bolts that secure the tank to the toilet.

  10. Once you re-install the tank, prepare to reconnect the water supply line to the toilet: Apply about 5 clockwise rounds/revolutions of Teflon tape/plumber's tape on the threads of the water supply line that is to be reconnected with the toilet.

  11. Upon applying the Teflon tape/plumber's tape, go ahead and use locking pliers, Channellock pliers, or an adjustable wrench, as may be applicable, to actually reconnect the water supply line to the toilet by clockwise screwing on and tightening the nut that secures the water supply line to the toilet.

  12. With the water supply line tightly secured to the toilet, turn on the water that leads to your toilet by turning the shutoff valve completely counterclockwise

  13. Then easily check to see if the toilet is leaking upon your having just completed about 99% of the toilet's reseating process:  Pour an adequate amount of food dye into the toilet tank and then flush the toilet a few times.  If you notice that the food dye leaks into the toilet bowl, the toilet's flush valve may be leaking and, thus, is in need of replacement; follow the flush valve manufacturer's instructions in installing a flush valve replacement.  If, however, the food dye is leaking outside the toilet, the toilet tank probably has not been re-installed correctly that needs to be remedied.

  14. If there is no leak, you can go ahead and re-install the seat onto the toilet:  Use locking pliers, Channellock pliers, or an adjustable wrench to screw back the screws that secure the seat to the toilet, and then place the seat screw caps over these screws, as may be applicable.

  15. With the caulking gun, again cocked with a caulking tube of waterproof white caulking, apply such caulking neatly around the whole perimeter base of the toilet that sits securely on the floor.

That's what it takes to reseat a toilet.

Ed the Handyman

            &

Your Handyman Zone Team

 

Find Local Plumbing Services. Get Up to 4 Quotes Now. It's Quick, Free, and Easy!

 

                                                         

Share |

 

 

 

 

HOMEHOW-TO PAGESBOOK STOREFREE ESTIMATES

 

ABOUT ED THE HANDYMANCONTESTSCONTACT USLINK TO USFREE STUFF

 

 

Use of/Visit to this site constitutes the User's Understanding of and Consent to Disclaimers, Terms & Ad Disclosures | Privacy Policy

All links found on this site should be considered as Ad links.  See Ad Disclosures for more details.

 Protected by Copyscape Online Plagiarism Checking Tool

Monitored for Copyright Compliance