How to Replace an Old Toilet

Before we moved into our house, we had to replace the old toilet. You can always use a hose to bathe, but there are few viable alternatives to the services that a toilet provides. You can’t use a jar for everything!

Step 1 – Purchasing a toilet

The first order of business was to find a new toilet, so we visited Home Depot and perused their toilet varieties. I had asked a few family members about their experiences purchasing new toilets, and the only advice I got was to get a $600 toilet that produces enough suction to vacuum your backside. Since we were on a limited budget, I decided to forgo this advice and strike out on my own.

We ended up purchasing a toilet that had everything included, the bowl, tank and seat all in one. I figured this was the best route for us because it was less expensive than buying everything separately and it was still a name brand. It cost us around $100 dollars for the whole package.

One thing you’ll need to make sure of is that you have enough room in your vehicle to get the toilet home. I luckily have a station wagon was just tall enough for the box.

Step 2 – Removing the Old Toilet

If your toilet is anywhere near the state ours was when we moved in, you’re going to need a strong stomach for the removal process.

Turn off the water to the toilet tank

There should be a flexible tube from the water tank to the wall where water comes into the tank. There should also be a shut-off valve at the wall to turn off the water flow. Turn this valve all the way to the left to turn off the water. If in doubt, or if you don’t have a valve, you can always shut off the water to your house at the main water line.

Get rid of as much water as you can

Using some tupperware as scoops, get as much water out of the toilet and toilet tank as possible. This way, if something goes wrong, you won’t have a huge mess to clean up.

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