Install it Ourselves?!

Not that we are DIYers or even consider ourselves as such, but there are certain things that we have done around the house before and my husband and I have gotten together and decided that we are going to install our new toilets ourselves. If anything, it is for the sake of the experience and the bonding time we will have together as a unit. Since we have never done this before, we have asked others we know that about the process and they have given us a lot of advice that we will take into consideration during the process.


Of course, a bathroom upgrade is completely easy and there are some checks and balances that must be adhered to and respected in order to get it right. After going some thorough research, we have decided for a dual flush option because they are the ones that are likely to save us the most money over the long-term. What we found out is that the process is similar to the installation of low flow toilets. Now, we knew that hiring a professional plumber was the easy way to go, but we decided to go ahead and throw caution to the wind and tackle this project on our own. For those that are also considering installing on their own, here are a few things to take into consideration before taking the plunge and demands of a dual flush toilet option.


Be sure to measure the toilet and the area around it, and that includes the diameter as well as the base of the toilet. Before buying a replacement, have these measurements on hand.


Turn off the water supply to the toilet.

Toilet bowl water hose

Remove water from the toilet and that may include flushing repeatedly. If there is excess water, suction it out using a shop vacuum.

Place plastic over rooms and hallways between the trash and you. Try using a wheelbarrow to take items from the bathroom through the house.

Disconnect the supply hose of the toilet.

Disconnect tank from the bowl, and since there are 2 bolts typically on each side of the toilet, remove those as well.

Man fixing the toilet

Unscrew 2 bolts attached to the floor of the toilet, then remove the toilet.

Place a rag in floor drain to trap gas from the drainpipe and clean away any excess old wax.

Install wax or gasket of new toilet, following the instructions of the manufacturer.

Install offset adapter/collar of a new toilet to closet flange, which connects to drain line.

Install necessary bolts and put toilets in place.

Install rubber gaskets on outlets of new water tanks, then insert screws and the rubber washers.

Connect supply hose and there may be a hose included that requires an installation kit.

Apply the silicone seal on toilet’s base.

Reconnect water line

Install toilet seat.


Once all of these things have been addressed, your new toilet will enliven your bathroom, add value to your home, and prove that you can become a DIYer in the future if you really want to.