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How to Remove a Toilet

Occasionally you may need to remove your toilet, perhaps to replace it or to install a new floor in your bathroom. It's not a difficult task, and you can save yourself some money by doing it yourself instead of paying a plumber to do it for you.

Shut off the water supply behind the toilet. You should be able to turn the handle, but it might be difficult if it nobody has turned it in quite some time.

Flush the toilet as many times as needed to get all of the water out of the bowl and the tank. Wipe out the tank and bowl with a sponge or rag to get out the rest of the water. Otherwise, it will drip quite a bit when you lift up the toilet.

Remove the nuts and bolts that connect the tank to the bowl. Again, this may be difficult if the toilet is an old one. Disconnect the lines that supply water to the tank. Carefully lift the tank off the toilet bowl and set it aside out of your way.

Take off the caps from the nuts that connect the base of the toilet to the floor. Unscrew the nuts.

Cut through the caulk seal between the base of the bowl and the floor with a utility knife. Try to not scratch or cut the floor. Simply lift the toilet straight up to finish removing it.

Things You Will Need

  • Rag or sponge
  • Screwdrivers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pliers
  • Utility knife

Tip

  • If any of the nuts have corroded, you may need some oil that will penetrate between the nuts and bolt to loosen them up.

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