How to Lift a Toilet

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Things You'll Need

  • Wet vacuum

  • Open end wrench set

  • Pliers

Lifting a toilet is not hard to do, but it is important to know how to lift it to avoid possible damage. The only possible part of the toilet that you could damage would be the tank. You should also consider the weight of the toilet. Toilets are not that heavy, but you must be able to lift a least 60 pounds of dead weight in a bent over position. This may require an assistant.


Step 1

Shut off the water valve and drain the water out of the toilet before you lift it. The water valve is located on the wall behind the toilet. Turn the valve clockwise to shut the water off and then flush the toilet. Flushing the toilet will remove the majority of the water out of the tank and the bowl. You can then use a wet vacuum to suck out the rest of the remaining water.


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Step 2

Use your pliers to loosen the nut holding the water line to the shut off valve. Turn the nut counter clockwise to remove it from the valve. It is best to have an old towel handy to soak up any drips from the water line and valve.

Step 3

Loosen and remove each nut on the retaining bolts. These bolts are located on the base of the toilet, one on each side. Find the appropriate size open-end wrench to fit onto each nut; turn the wrench counterclockwise or to your left to remove the nuts.


Step 4

Grab hold of the toilet in the space between the seat and the tank. This is the easiest area to be able to get a good grip on the toilet without causing damage. If you pick up your toilet by the tank you could crack the ceramic.

Step 5

Lift your toilet straight up to get the base clear of the retaining bolts. Then set your toilet on the floor or wherever you plan to take it.


Place an old towel on the floor before setting your toilet down. This will prevent wax and grime from getting on your floor.

It is easier if two people lift up the toilet. To do this have each person take hold of the base behind the seat and each person take hold of the rim of the bowl and then lift straight up.

It is easier to get hold of the rim if the seat is raised.

You can wear rubber gloves for personal hygiene concerns.


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