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pomelo 08-21-2009 04:32 PM

Need to remove toilet temporarily
I need to remove my toilet temporarily. I have been watching videos and noticed a lot of people remove the tank from the bowl. Is this necessary? I know it isn't if you are just going to throw it away, but I'm going to just use a new wax ring and just reseat it. Will I have problems seating it and leveling it if I do not remove the tank?

Plumber101 08-21-2009 08:46 PM


But that depends on how level your floor is.

DUDE! 08-22-2009 12:18 PM

I wouldn't want to undo any more connections then you have to. Yes, its more bulky to place whole toilet back in place, much easier if someone helps guide the floor bolts in with you. I just don't like making the bowl to tank connection, to easy to over tighten the nuts, but maybe thats just me.

Alan 08-22-2009 01:12 PM

The tank to bowl connections are not that hard to make. The problem IMO is that the gaskets are probably to the point where if you take them off, they will need to be replaced.

The toilet is a little bulkier with the tank still installed, albeit not unmanageable by any means. Just use a rag or a sponge to get all of the water out and you should have no problems.

majakdragon 08-22-2009 04:39 PM

Not a problem, just more bulk when resetting it. I always set the complete unit, even on a new install. I hate tightening the tank bolts from under and in back of the tank. Most instructions for setting a toilet say to put the wax seal on the bottom of the bowl. I set it on the flange and locate (eyeball) the bolts through the holes in the bowl. Less chance of ruining the seal as you lower it.

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