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Learn how to fix many bathroom plumbing problems yourself with the step-by-step instructions in this Howcast video series about bathroom repair.
You Will Need
- Rubber tube
- Adjustable wrench
- Putty knife
- New wax ring
- New toilet
- Utility knife (optional)
Get rid of water
Turn off the water supply and flush the toilet to remove most of the water. Use a sponge to soak up any water remaining in the tank and the bowl, or siphon the remaining water out with a rubber tube.
Disconnect supply line
Disconnect the brass compression nut connecting the supply line to the toilet tank with the adjustable wrench.
Remove closet nuts
Remove the caps from the closet bolts located on either side of the base and protruding from the flange. Then remove the nuts from the closet bolts with your wrench.
Remove old wax
Lift off the old toilet and get it out of the way. Then scrape away any residue on the flange from the old wax ring with a putty knife.
Apply a new wax ring
Apply a new wax ring to the flange or the bottom of the toilet -- ensuring a tight seal -- and place the new toilet over the closet bolts protruding from the flange.
Replace fill valve and flapper
Replace the fill valve and flapper if the old ones are damaged.
Reconnect the water supply line. Then turn on the water and flush the toilet several times to check for leaks.
Re-caulk around the toilet
Re-caulk the base of the bowl to create a waterproof seal to protect your floor and to provide additional stability. Your bathroom is officially good as new!