Can I install a toilet myself? That’s the big question. Most of us have heard, “You can do anything you put your mind to.” That usually came from a mom or dad, maybe even an educator. While there may be some truth to that, I think the saying should go like this, “You can do anything you put your mind to but in some cases, you may want to hire someone who’s already great at doing it.” I’m a do-it-yourselfer but now that I’m in my late 50’s I know my limitations. I’ve messed up enough projects over my lifetime to know what I’m going to be successful at, so I choose my battles carefully.
I’ve also learned that watching a Youtube video will not make me a plumber. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate myself a 5.5 do-it-yourself (DIYer), just good enough to be dangerous. Installing a toilet is a perfect project to consider doing myself. I’ll let you in on a little secret, I installed my own dual flush toilet and it came out perfectly.
The Average DIYer Can Install A Toilet
The fact is, most toilets should be replaced before they start to leak or crack. The latest toilet technology can save thousands of gallons of water a year paying for itself over a short period of time. Let me give you a little advice about your toilet – don’t wait until it’s broken to fix it, especially if it uses more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. If it does use more than 1.6 gallons a flush, then your toilet is close to 30 years old. The Federal government signed a law that any toilet installed after 1992 must use 1.6 gallons a flush or less. With that said, the average DIYer can install their own toilet in a couple of hours or less. And while you’re at it, consider changing your shut off valve and supply line. They’re probably as old as the toilet or even the house.
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So Can I Install My Own Toilet? Without A Doubt – YES!
Like any DIYer job, staying organized is paramount. There is a saying in the construction trade, “Measure twice, cut once.” In other words, double check your steps and avoid frustration.
List Of Tools And Materials Needed To Get Started:
- Work gloves
- Putty knife
- Set of screwdrivers
- Adjustable wrench
- Sponge and old rags
- Tape measure
Materials Needed For Your Installation Will look Something Like This:
- New toilet
- Wax ring
- New bolts
- New toilet seat and lid
When Buying A Toilet, Make Sure It Comes With Everything
Here are some things to keep in mind when purchasing your new toilet that might help in the installation process. I purchased a two-piece dual flush toilet. Most of it was already assembled and it already included the wax ring, bolts, seat, and lid. It costs less than $200 and it came with simple instructions. So, can I install a toilet myself? Absolutely! Honestly, it was a simple project but if for any reason you feel defeated before you start, don’t be afraid to call your Big B’s Plumbing professional.