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    plumbing question, installing a new toilet

    I have purchased a new toilet for our downstairs guest bedroom. It's a Jacuzzi, highly recommended by the nice man at Lowe's. The box is complete with all parts, including the wax ring. I have never installed a toilet but once watched it being done. The process looks straightforward and, other than being messy, uncomplicated. Am I fooling myself? Any tips, tricks, precautions?
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    Frank, the messy part is removing the old wax ring. The new ring just sits in place where the old one was. It is critical not to over tighten the bolts. I did this on one of them and it broke the cast iron flange. Luckily they make repair kits for this so I didn't have to have a plumber replace the flange. I bought two of the Jacuzzi's for my remodel this past summer. They flush well for a low flow toilet, but I had a helluva time getting the tank to seal. At first I thought it was just the one toilet, but when I installed the second a few weeks later, I had the same problem. They like to leak around the bolts and it took what I think is an extraordinary amount of tork to seal one of the rubber washers. Funny thing is that it was a different side for each toilet. The left bolt was the leaky one on the first tank, the right on the second. I hope you don't have this problem, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

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    Hi Frank ,
    Should not be much of a hill for a stepper, you can do it, wear old clothes and figure out how best to get the old piece out of the house ahead of the time.
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    Thanks for the tips. I'll be sure to watch for the bowl leaky thing. Mess I expect. Getting out of house shouldn't be hard. It's ground level, we have a hillside house, finished walk-out basement. Getting rid of the old toilet will be the problem. Trash won't take it and turning into a flower planter isn't my idea of beauty.
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    Sledge hammer, wear your glasses and gloves!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Getting rid of the old toilet will be the problem. Trash won't take it and turning into a flower planter isn't my idea of beauty.
    two words.

    black powder

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Any tips, ?
    Yes............my son done one for me for fathers day

    I'll loan him to you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale Johnson View Post
    two words.

    black powder
    I have some old Elephant powder, good way to get rid of both.
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    Bring it to the local Mickey D's and leave it in the men's room.
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    Don't over tighten the bolts against the porcelain base. They break easy. Told my neighbor that but he didn't listen! Was watching him and I was reminding him.... CRACK!

    I like to run a bead of plumbers putty around the base of the toilet. Helps to keep it from rocking on an uneven floor, Rocking leads to gasket failure. One of the common things I find when inspecting houses is wet floors around the toilet where the gasket has leaked. Usually the floor is ruined before you know you have a leak.
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