Handyman Alpharetta – 5 Steps to Fixing a Leaky Toilet
Removing the Toilet
The first step in this process begins by removing the nuts, which hold the toilet down. But before you do, make sure that you have shut off the water supply and unhook the hoses from the toilet itself making sure to drain all the water from the tank.
Often with older toilets, the bolts will spin making it difficult to remove the nuts. If this happens, use a pair of locking pliers to hold the bolt just above the nut. Then, move the nut upward until you have enough room for a hacksaw blade. Using your saw blade cut the bolt off just below the nut. You will be able to replace these bolts with new ones at the end of the process.
Cleaning Up the Drain Hole
After you have removed the toilet, you will expose the drain hole area. You will need to clean this area really well before you can add the new parts. Also, you will need to remove the old wax ring from the toilet horn. A putty knife comes in handy during the cleaning process.
Prepping the Area for New Parts
Now you will need to prep the area for the new parts. To do this, clean off any wax or residue using mineral spirits. Remember to wear gloves during this process to protect your skin. Once you have the area cleaned, you can begin with installing the new parts.
Installing the New Flange Extender Ring and Wax Ring
After you have removed the old flange and cleaned up the drain area, you will need to install the flange supports. Unscrew the old flange so that you can fit the new extender ring in place.
Next, you will need to fit the new extender ring over the top of the original flange making sure the screw holes line up. Then, place a bead of silicone caulking along the inside edge of the new extender ring. After you have finished installing the extender ring, it is time to place the wax ring into the toilet horn, which is located at the bottom of the toilet. Once in place, you are ready to reinstall the toilet.
Bolting Down the Toilet
Now that you have installed the new flange and wax ring, it’s time to bolt the toilet back down. This may require some help, and it is important that you properly line up the toilet with the bolts. After you have gotten the unit in place, carefully tighten the nuts down.
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