Ready to replace your leaky toilet or maybe just trade up specifically out of the rose colored toilet that was there when you moved in? Great! ToolUp.com has some tips to help get the job done, if you have the tools and the back to do it, you can skip the plumber and get rid of your mauve colored toilet that was so prolifically popular in the seventies. Heres how;
Time Requirements: The typical novice do it yourself can put in his first toilet in 4 to seven total hours.
Preparation: Prep your floor first, by stuffing a rag into the soil pipe, this blocks sewer gas as well as prevents anything from falling inside of the pipe itself.
Second, the hole in the floor needs to be measured to fit a closet flange up to it’s collar, if you find that you need to enlarge the hole, measure and use a jigsaw to cut away the flooring. Once you’ve completed this step, dry fit the pipe into the closet bend and place the flange over the soil pipe.
Lastly measure to ensure everything fits without gaps between the flange’s collar and the flooring.
Now your ready to begin and can take out the rag from the soil pipe and use your handsaw to trim, and remove burrs with your utility knife. Next check to ensure the flange’s collar is resting on the floor and begin installation of the soil pipe and closet flange.
Wipe your pvc primer inside of the closet bend, as well as on the outside of your soil pipe, then apply PVC cement to the same spots and twist the two pipes together. Now, apply the prime and cement to the other end of the soil pipe and inside the closet flange, then twist and press the flange and soil pipe together, pressing firmly to ensure the collar is sitting on the floor.
Next turn the collar until its slots are positioned to the right and left of the hole, be aware that they must line up parallel to the wall behind the tank. You can now secure the collar to the floor with screws made long enough to bite into the subfloor, this obviously holds your toilet in place when you sit on it, so get the right length of stainless steel screws.
To solder the stop valve you absolutely MUST shut off the bathrooms water supply valve. To drain the pipe, first place a bucket below the supply line and sever it with a tubing cutter, leaving an inch of available pipe to attach the stop valve and escutcheon.
You can now take off the valves handle and stem, once you have wiped the pipe dry with a rag, use a wire brush pipe cleaner to clean the inside and outside of the pipe. Then apply flux to both of the areas and put the escutcheon over the supply line, and stop the valve. The valve’s outlet, if correctly placed will be pointing upward.
Next,apply some heat to the supply line in order to stop the valve joint with your propane torch. Be careful to insure that the joint is only hot enough to melt the solder, you can then go ahead and remove the applied heat and run solder around the joint. You will know you have it completed when a drop of solder shows at the bottom, meaning the joint is filled.
To be continued in “Installing a New Toilet Part Two”.