How To Install Your New Toilet
As always, whilst we do highly recommend leaving the installation to a qualified professional, if you’re competent at DIY then fitting your own toilet can save you quite a bit of money.
This guide will walk you through on replacing a close coupled toilet. If you’re planning on having a back to wall or wall hung toilet then it’s advisable to speak with a plumber as this can be quite a big job to do.
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Replacing a toilet can involve some heavy lifting and can result in a very wet floor if you do not do it correctly so ensure you know exactly what you’re doing before dismantling your toilet.
Bear in mind that this guide is for installing a close coupled toilet without the need for any extra/different pipework.
Removing Your Existing Toilet
Remove the lid of your cistern.
Turn off your mains water supply and flush the toilet. To ensure the water supply is, in fact, off, the cistern should not begin to fill up again.
You will notice there is an inch or two of water left over. It’s best to soak all this up using a towel now otherwise you’ll end up with water everywhere and it won’t be fun…
Do the same for the bowl - you might want to wear long rubber gloves for this part… It’s not a pretty job.
Disconnect the water supply on the toilet itself – it’s usually very easy to see and do with an adjustable wrench. (Have a bucket ready as the piping may still have water in them)
The vast majority of cisterns have a way to hold themselves to the wall (usually a couple of screws). Unscrew the cistern and go underneath the cistern where you will find 2 wing nuts. Unscrew them and you’ll be able to simply lift the cistern off the bowl.
Detach the soil pipe from the back of the bowl and plug the pipe with a bag or paper (to block the smell).
The bowl is usually held in place by 2 screws through the floor. If they’re not going into the floor directly then look behind the bowl and you will see 2 ‘L’ shaped clamps. Unscrew the bowl from them and then unscrew the clamps from the floor. The bowl should lift away with ease.
Fitting The New Toilet
Once you have removed the old toilet it’s a good idea to clean the floor – it probably hasn’t been cleaned in years!
Place the new toilet bowl down exactly where you need it to be and if you’re lucky enough, you will only need to screw the bowl straight into the floor.
It's now a good time to reconnect the soil pipe.
With some luck, you won’t need to use clamps again and you can simply drill the screws into the floor to bolt the bowl down. If you need to use clamps then you will need to do a bit of measuring to make sure they’re in the right place.
Now it is time to fit the cistern.
Lay the supplied rubber washer around the hole for the flush and place the cistern on the bowl.
Screw the cistern and bowl together using two wing bolts – there will be two holes on either side of the bigger hold for the flush.
Screw the cistern to the wall using the supplied screws and pack it out with silicon to ensure it does not move.
Reconnect the cold water supply pipe – always check that it will fit before fitting the toilet. If it does not and the new toilet requires extra piping then it’s best to call a plumber for this job.
Some toilets have different flushing mechanisms so it’s best to find out which your toilet has been supplied with and find out how to install it correctly – instructions are usually provided.
And you’re done!
DIY can be a good way to save on the installation costs however, you should always hire a qualified professional to install your products. The above instructions are a guide to the steps involved in fitting and should not be used to attempt full installation without the necessary help or training.