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How to Replace a Toilet Flange

Step-by-Step Guide: Replacing a Toilet Flange Made Easy

Replacing a toilet flange may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and a little bit of know-how, it can be done in just a few simple steps. Here’s how to replace a toilet flange:

Step 1: Turn off the water supply
Before you start working on the toilet, turn off the water supply to the toilet. The shut-off valve is usually located near the base of the toilet.

Step 2: Remove the toilet
To remove the toilet, first, remove the tank lid and flush the toilet to drain as much water as possible. Then, use a wrench to disconnect the water supply line from the bottom of the tank. Next, remove the nuts that hold the toilet to the floor bolts. Once the nuts are removed, gently rock the toilet back and forth to break the seal between the toilet and the flange. Lift the toilet off the flange and set it aside.

Step 3: Remove the old flange
The old flange may be secured to the floor with screws or nails. Remove any fasteners and then lift the old flange off the drainpipe. If the flange is glued or cemented to the pipe, use a hacksaw to cut it off.

Step 4: Install the new flange
Place the new flange over the drainpipe and align it with the bolt holes in the floor. If necessary, use shims to level the flange. Secure the flange to the floor with screws or nails.

Step 5: Install a new wax ring
Place a new wax ring onto the flange, with the tapered end facing up. The wax ring will create a seal between the toilet and the flange.

Step 6: Reinstall the toilet
Carefully lower the toilet onto the flange, making sure the bolts pass through the holes in the base of the toilet. Press down firmly on the toilet to compress the wax ring and create a seal. Reinstall the nuts onto the bolts and tighten them evenly. Finally, reconnect the water supply line to the bottom of the tank.

Step 7: Test the toilet
Turn the water supply back on and flush the toilet a few times to make sure everything is working properly. Check for any leaks around the base of the toilet.

Congratulations, you have successfully replaced a toilet flange!

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