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BEFORE & AFTER: How to Install a Toilet Yourself – Thrift Diving

The wall stencil in this bathroom can be found here: http://bit.ly/pretty-stencil (affiliate link). Our toilet was too small and short and I wanted to install a toilet that was higher and at a more comfortable height. Removing and installing a toilet is an easy DIY project that a homeowner can do in 1-2 hours (or less) by themselves, depending on the weight of the toilet. Watch this video and learn how to make your toilet installation go smoothly. A big thanks for American Standard for sponsoring the complimentary toilet for this tutorial!

****NOTE: In the video, I caulked the toilet. I have not caulked other toilets, but I decided to caulk this one per instructions in a Handyman article that suggested it. Many have noted NOT to caulk so that leaks can easily be detected. I would agree now, years later, that I would likely not caulk again. Skip the caulk. And there have been no leaks, by the way. πŸ˜‰

//MATERIALS// (affiliate links included)

American Standard Toilet: https://thriftdiving.com/toilet
Bucket with a cup for removing excess water
Waxless toilet seal – https://homedepot.sjv.io/e5qmZ
Wax toilet seal (optional) – https://homedepot.sjv.io/qLAPq
Ratchet and socket wrench (optional)
Hack saw (optional, for removing rusted bolts or cutting down long bolts)


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  2. I will continue to follow your channel I need to learn some of these things . Do you have a video on Removing a sink /vanity? Going to see if Home Depot still offers classes . Does not look as hard as I Thought.

  3. hey am from kenya a plumber but i would love to work within america,, uk and canada am looking for someone whom can help me to work in the countries am a very hardworking and work is very neat am good in english language

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  5. Women can't install toilets!πŸ˜‚

  6. Your old toilet was 16 inches high. That’s what my toilet is now and I find it perfect! I’m 5’7. You must be very tall!

  7. I tighten so much I cracked the top part

  8. The plastic ring is not enough to keep the Johnny bolts from moving

    I use a total of 4 nuts πŸ”© and washers , two on the toilet flange and 2 on the toilet, it will definitely secure the toilet better

  9. I saw a nifty trick someone did to drain the toilet bowl after the flush: take a large bucket of water and dump it into the bowl. The added water, with no refill creates a vacuum that draws much of the water in the bowl with it down the drain. Looked pretty slick, and removes most of the water in the toilet.✌

  10. As a young woman preparing a toilet replacement in a apartment i found the video easy to follow and now i have the jiff what what im doing though I thought the entire house/apartment water supply had to be turned off first. All in all im glad ill be able to visualize it in my head while i do it so, thank you!

  11. The caulk around the bottom of the toilet is a textbook violation of building code. I'm calling 911 now, wait over there and don't move!

  12. Not smart to caulk at the early stage otherwise improper installation causing water leaks cannot be detected.

  13. DO NOT caulk around your toilet. You are asking for expensive trouble later.

  14. The toilet looks nice but overall squatting lower when you’re β€œgoing” isn’t a bad thing. It’s actually been scientifically proven to be better to break your 90 deg bend when you’re doing your business. Food for thoughts for those wanting to change theirs for similar reasons, but without the sponsors to supply the newer toilet.

  15. That's an awesome video! I know it's 3 years old, but gotta tell you. You added the human element that made us realize that sometimes things will go wrong and it's ok, you can fix it. So may videos are "here's how you do it and that's it no problem". But that's not always the way life is. Thank's for posting. Best I've seen!

  16. Cool good job πŸ‘πŸ½

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