Removing a Toilet

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Empty toilet tank before removing. Learn tips for removing a toilet in these free bathroom repair videos from a hardware expert.

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Now, before we pull a toilet, we've emptied the tank for the water. That was easy, but we need to empty the bowl of the water. So what we'll do is we'll pour a bucket of water; half a bucket of water in the toilet, and we'll pull it kind of fast, and the nice thing about this is it emptied the bowl for us, so there's very little water left in there. So, when we pull it we won't be getting it all over ourselves, okay? Now, we're going to have to remove the bolts. To remove the toilet we need to undo the bolts. We already undid the supply line and turned off the water, so we're okay there. We need to get the cap off. There we go. Expose the bolt; looks like it's a half inch. There we go, a little burr from the plumber that cut the bolt off, and installed this. Hopefully that comes off nice, and neat; which it did. That's my kind of plumber. Remove the washers; we do the other side. We'll see how well this toilet was grouted, or caulked to the floor. That may, or may not be an issue for us. We'll wiggle a little left, and we'll wiggle a little right, and it's going to come off just fine. Okay, we yank the toilet; we expose the plastic closet flange, because this is a newer building. We see the bolts are still intact, and the flange. Life is good. We check the wax ring to see if there's been any leakage on the wax ring. Okay, now everything looks fine. We're going to go get a stick; we're going to scrape off some of the wax ring, put a new ring, and then we're going to reinstall the toilet.

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