Replacing your old toilet isn’t a particularly gruelling task; it’s as simple as connecting it to an existing branch of the soil pipe. If you want a new toilet in another part of your home, however, it’s best to consult a professional Handy Squad plumber.
Your plumber can connect your new toilet to the main soil pipe, and even install a dual flush toilet mechanism for more efficient water usage.
Close-coupled cisterns are a popular contemporary design easily distinguished by the way they’re positioned – directly on top of the pan.
Because there is a style of toilet for virtually every kind of interior, we encourage you to take note of your new toilet’s condition before removing your old fittings. The worst time to notice a flaw or lack of components is when your bathroom is out of commission, after all. If your toilet needs repairing it’s best to call Handy Squad, as this is not an ideal DIY task. The same applies for toilet blockages.
If you’re just looking to change the seat, this is easily accomplished without affecting the rest of the toilet. Which seat you choose is up to you, but selecting one that matches your toilet is recommended. Alternatively, certain contrasting designs can be rather tasteful – wood-effect seats on plain white pans, for example.
Before you drill any holes in your bathroom walls or floor, we recommend the use of an electronic detector to sniff out any cables and pipes that are hidden from view. The last thing you want is a flooded bathroom when you’re attempting to fit a new toilet.
How to Fit a Close-Coupled Toilet
- First, assemble the flush mechanism and insert it as per the manufacturer’s directions, ensuring the rubber sealing rings are applied where required.
- Position the large rubber gasket inside the pan’s flush entrance.
- Making use of the rubber and large metal washers included, feed the long fixing bolts into the holes in the cistern.
- Push the threaded segment of the flush mechanism through the rubber gasket on the flush entrance of the pan before placing the cistern on top of the pan and securing the connecting bolts through the holes.
- Apply the washers provided to the connecting bolts, and tighten the wing nuts until they’re firmly secure.
- After ensuring there are no cables or pipes underneath the fixing points, position the toilet in place and slot the pan outlet into the flexible connector attached to the soil pipe. If this proves too troublesome, consider using a little silicone grease to slide it on. Next, drill a pilot hole in the floor at each fixing point, utilising a hammer-action drill and a few plugs if the floor is too solid.
- The base of the pan should have several holes that the plastic protective inserts can be pushed into, before the retaining screws are applied to hold the toilet firmly to the floor. Some cisterns may have their fixing holes in the back, which will require it to be attached to the wall via drilling and plugging. Adding rubber washers before you tighten the nuts is crucial – just remember not to tighten the washers too much.
- The supply pipe for the cold-water feed should be connected next, making use of a push-fit tap connector.
- Following the manufacturer’s directions, attach the hinge assembly to the seat.
- The seat can then be attached to the pan by securing it through the holes on the back using the screws included. Then simply position it until it sits correctly.