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originally posted by: HomerinNC
a reply to: mwood
Perfect explanation Wood, I've swapped out many a toilet in my day, and that was 100% on spot.
Here's a video:
sometimes you can reset the bolts( depending on the type of anchor) by overtightening them or using a wonder bar pry up on on them providing you with enough grab to keep them from spinning as you release the nuts.
originally posted by: Aliensun
a reply to: droid56
I'll add a couple of details to the excellent instructions that already have been given here.
It well may be that removing the existing bolts are a problem. They can be the biggest, more frustrating problem when the bolts (sometimes iron, sometimes brass) get corroded and they they tend to not be held secure on the floor flange and they simply turn rather than only the nut unscrewing. Often the work area is confined and using a hacksaw is difficult. A Dremel tool with a steel/carbide grinding bit can be god-sent in that situation. I strongly advise you, before you do anything else as you start the job, to see if the nuts come off easily. If not, you've got a problem.
As for the wax ring, there at least three sizes available that I know about and some different styles. I advise to get one that has a plastic sleeve that extends down into the floor mount. It will prevent leaks if there is any problem with the levelness of the floor. Once the commode is placed in position over the bolts--buy new ones also--simply set on the stool, weighting it down, to help compress the wax ring. Snugging the commode down by only tightening the bolts is a chance to break the porcelain flange of the bowl! Anyway, don't attempt to snug down the commode bolts all at the same session. The wax takes a little time to slowly compress and spread. So tighten the bowl in stages over a day or two and check again in a week or so.
As for the old commode, which of course is heavy, I broke mine old one up with a hammer and put a few pieces in the trash over a period of time so as to not give the garbage may a hernia.