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Installing a New Toilet: Part Two

July 5, 2012

Are you ready to see some real results from your labor?

Part two is  perhaps the easiest part of putting in your new toilet. It is important to begin by first, replacing the existing toilet and faulty wax seal.

Second, proceed by inserting the long brass closet bolts, be sure they are pointed and threaded-end up. Place them into the prepared flange collar’s slots, and place a brass washer over each one. The wax ring should be pressed softly over the flange, flat side down, then lift your new one up and over the flange as you line up the holes with the closet bolts located in the base on the ring. Do not rock or turn, but instead steadily press down the bowl onto the wax ring.

You should be able to now place nylon washers over each bolt, followed by hand threading the nuts. Tighten each nut, but be cautious of over tightening as it will cause damage to the bowl. You can now trim the closet bolts with a hacksaw, and snap the plastic bolt covers into place.

Next, begin by installing the tank; fit the small rubber tank washers in the assigned tank holes, these are located inside the tank, then place the tank bolts into position.  Now lower your tank onto the bowl, gently guiding the tank bolts into the holes. Once again, place the nylon washer, hand threading the nuts, and then tighten. Consistently check to ensure the tank is level, do not over tighten. Complete this step by connecting the tanks handle to the flapper chain.

To install the supply line and toilet seat, use a tubing bender to curve the supply line, this will fit between the stop valve outlet and the tank supply fitting. While holding the pipe, ensure it is flared end up, between the stop valve and tank supply fitting, mark with a pencil a 1/2″ below the outlet.

Ridgid 35175

Next cut the supply line at the 1/2″ pencil mark, with the tubing cutter. The supply line will now need a plastic nut, compression nut, and compression ring.

Slip the plastic nut, compression nut, and compression ring (in that order) onto the supply line. Add a thin coat of Teflon paste to the valve’s outlet threads, then seal the line in the outlet and fit the compression ring on. Then begin by hand tightening the ring, but finish tightening with an adjustable wrench.

Now that we can see the finish line and things are looking pretty good, lets finish up, position the seat over the bowl and attach. You can now turn back on the main water supply line, open the valve, and let your new tank fill. This will allow you to test your tank by flushing six or seven times while keeping out a close eye for leaks.




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