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How to Install a Toilet

Toilet Plumbing Plumber Portland Oregon

Get the following plumbers tools ready before you start:

  1. A pair of channel locks

  2. Wax ring with flange

  3. Flange bolts

  4. Toilet

  5. Supply line

  6. Wood shims

  7. Wrenches

Toilets can be purchased at any home improvement store or supply shop. Be sure to read manufacturers' instruction manual before attempting any plumbing installation. Now, first step in installing a toilet is planning. Having a structured approach to your installation or repair is plumbing best practice. If you really want to make it as a professional plumber, then learn how to structure your work. Most toilets are sold with all required materials for installation but verify that you have all supplies ready. And turn off water supply to the toilet before you start. It is highly recommended to hire experienced plumbers for all installations and repair.

Plumbers recommended steps to install a toilet                                                                     Plumber Portland Oregon Plumbers

First prepare the floor for the toilet. Then install the flange. Place your wax ring on the installed flange and center your toilet bowl over the wax ring making sure that the bolts align properly in the holes. Then lower your toilet bowl down on the wax and rock the toilet until it is flat on the floor. If you still have any rocking to the toilet, you may need to shim it. If not, then place your metal washers and nuts on brass bolts and tighten them. Be sure to tight gently and never apply too much pressure as this can break the toilet base. When the toilet is properly secured, then install the supply line and tighten until it feels snug.

Next step is mounting the toilet tank to the bowl. First place the sponge gasket around the end of the flush valve. Then look for a large nut and threads in the tank. You will slide the gasket over this large nut. Prepare your brass bolts by sliding a rubber washer all the way down to the bolt head. Put each bolt in the holes found in the tank. Lift your tank and place it on the bowl making sure that the tank's bolts align properly in holes on the bowl. Use a deep 1/2 in-deep socket and tighten the tank bolts until the tank has little to no movement. As with all plumbing installations, do not over tighten bolts.

The last step is installing the seat. Locate the holes for the seat on the toilet bowl to slide in vinyl bolts. Put vinyl nuts under the bowl and align with bolts. While holding the nuts with your fingers, use a flat-head screw driver to tighten the screw with your driver until seat is secured firmly on the bowl with no side to side movement.

Congratulations. You just assembled and installed your first toilet.

Toilets plumbing installation or repair is not complete without proper testing. So before you walk away, remember to turn back on the main water supply line, then open the stop valve, and allow the tank to fill. Test your installation by flushing many times to be sure everything is working perfectly and there are no leaks.


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Question: No Hot Water in Shower


Why No Hot Water in Shower?

I have an outdoor shower with Moen parts. The shower plumbing was drained last fall in preparation for winter but after turning the water back on a few weeks ago, I do not have hot water coming through the lines. I have a few shut off valves and a drain point in the basement and have ensured that everything is on and that there is pressure at the drain port but between the drain port and the shower head the hot water is not passing through. Is there a chance the line is plugged or that the Moen part is malfunctioning?
The plumbing disappears behind the walls at the drain port on the hot water line so I cannot inspect any further. I have heard that there is a part in the Moen control handle that may be at fault but I cannot confirm on the internet. I do have hot water for a bathroom that branches off of that line. Also noted that there is a little cold water pushing through the line when the control handle is turned all the way to HOT. Any ideas?


I am assuming that you have hot water in every other part of the house except that one shower because the fact that you have hot water in "a bathroom that branches off of that shower line" suggests that the problem is related to that particular shower. And like you rightly guessed, not having hot water in the shower could be caused by any one of the following: faulty valve or plugged line. Now, knowing the type of plumbing line you have will help to further narrow down the cause of lack of hot water in your shower. Question 1: Do you have galvanized pipes? (mostly in old houses) If you answered yes to the above question, then you probably have a plugged line. Question 2: Do you have copper lines?...

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