How to Install a Toilet

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Happy Halloween!!! 

So tell me, what is the scariest DIY project for you? 

How about installing a new toilet? Does that send shivers down your spine and give you goosebumps?

I'll admit that installing a new toilet can seem daunting because what if you don't do a good job? What if it leaks?

That's my real fear - having to deal with a leaky toilet!! Yuck! Or worse, a rotted floor or flooded basement.

It's not like you can just throw another coat of paint on it and fix things up!  You have to do it right the first time.

The Home Depot challenged me for their Let's Do This! campaign to take on the oh-so-scary toilet - 8 months preggers and all - and I had to say yes!

Not just because I like taking on new DIY projects and challenges (which I do!) but because we have a toilet that needs to be installed, right now.

And guess what? It really wasn't hard at all! 


My primary place of work over the last couple of years has been bathroom-less up until now.  

We finally got water running now at the Momplex, so we just need a toilet.

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At our local Home Depot, there were dozens of toilets to choose from.  

We wanted a high quality toilet within a reasonable price that would last a long time and work well.  But which one?

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Amanda, an associate at Home Depot, saw me looking and came over and asked if I needed any help.

She helped me pick out a toilet.  (If you don't have a local Amanda, you can find more information on toilet selection here).

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That's the one!!!
<p><br /></p><p>We choose the <a href=" target="_blank">Kohler Highline Elongated</a> toilet. &nbsp;It is simple but stylish, comfortable, and high performance all while conserving water. &nbsp;</p>

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And then Amanda even found me a flat bed cart and loaded the toilet up!

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Because we installed a heated floor on top of our main subfloor, this changed the distance between the toilet floor plumbing and the finished floor height. Having a tiled over floor could cause a similar issue, resulting in a larger space between the toilet floor drain and where the toilet sits.<p></p><p>So Amanda helped me pick out an <a href="" target="_blank">extended wax ring </a>that will fill in this gap.</p><p></p><p><img src="" alt="" /></p><p></p><p>The instructions also recommend a few other tools.</p>
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Amanda helped me pick out an <a href="" target="_blank">adjustable wrench set,</a>
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And a <a href="" target="_blank">screwdriver set.</a><p><br /></p><p>(side note - look for these tools in up coming Momplex posts. The Ram has been stealing them from me!)</p>
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Amanda even helped me load the toilet up! While out shopping, I also picked myself up a new orange handbag!
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And then the Ram hauled it up the stairs in the Momplex for me to install.
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I love learning new things, so I was pretty excited to open up this box,
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And start pulling toilet parts out! The parts themselves are pretty light, and easy to handle. That's the tank there!
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The toilet we selected comes as a complete package, with the seat and a standard wax ring. <p></p><p><img src="" alt="" /></p><p></p><p>But with our raised floor, we will use the extended wax ring. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Also, because this is new construction, I picked up a toilet supply line. &nbsp;If you were replacing a toilet, you could probably use the existing toilet supply line.</p><p></p><p></p>
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So let's start with that wax ring ...
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Let me take a seat on my new orange handbag .... and get to work!
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I took it out of the package and placed it on the base of the toilet, wax side to the toilet.

Then, because this is new construction, I had to break the center part of the drain out with a hammer (follow instructions on the drain)

And then just break the pieces off and discard.

Then I set the long t-bolts facing upward in the slots on the drain.  

Then it was just a matter of placing the toilet over the drain so the bolts fit up through the holes in the toilet.  

And then squishing the bowl down so the wax ring fills up the space between the drain and the underside of the bowl.

And then placing all the hardware on the bolts and tightening down with the nut.  Make sure you also add the white cap washer at this step so that you can put the decorative white caps on later.

The bolts were a little long, so I cut the tops off with a hack-zall ...

And we are ready for the cap!

That's it - the bowl is secured to the floor!

And then tank is just bolted to the bowl.  Super easy!

And then the tank lid of course just sits on top of the tank.

The toilet itself comes with a new seat and all the hardware to install it.

As I was putting the seat on, I kept thinking ... that's pretty much it, right?  What else can we add to this toilet?  It HAS to be harder than this, right???

Well, there's just one more step, hooking up the water line,

And then turn the water on ...

And, oh my goodness, it works!!!!  

And no leaks!!!

I did it!  I went from Let's Do This to I DID this!!!

We have a working toilet now!!

And a big thank you to the Home Depot for challenging me to get the toilet installed and helping us out with supplies and materials!  Thanks Orange!