Down and Dirty Toilet Replacement

Measure distance from toilet flange bolt to wall.

Step #1: Gather Tools and Materials

The first step in removing and replacing a toilet is to make sure you have everything you need to get the job done right!

Before buying a new toilet, measure the distance from the center of the toilet flange bolts to the wall on your existing toilet and make sure the new one will fit without a large gap, or even worse not enough room to spare. The standard distance is 12” from the bolts to the wall, but it can vary depending on the model.

Toilet replacement tools needed:

Tools need to replace toilet.

  • Rubber gloves
  • Tape measure
  • Socket set
  • Wrenches or adjustable wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • Caulking gun
  • Hacksaw
  • Level
  • Old towels or paper towels
  • Bucket and sponge
  • Spray can of penetrating oil

Toilet replacement materials needed:

  • Toilet
  • Toilet seat
  • Closet bolts and nuts (2)
  • Wax ring
  • Supply line (optional)
  • Silicone caulking (optional)


    • J.
      Try carefully tightening the toilet bolts that hold the toilet to the floor up, but don’t overdo it as it could crack the porcelain bowl. If that doesn’t help, put a shim between the floor and toilet.


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