For many homeowners, plumbing tasks can be intimidating. From making the right connections to finding the right tools, the task of plugging a toilet flange can seem overwhelming. However, a few simple steps and the right tools can make it much easier. This guide will provide you with a step-by-step process on how to plug a toilet flange the right way. You’ll be able to understand the tools and materials needed, the simple steps to take and the safety precautions to keep in mind. With this guide, you’ll be able to make the connection quickly and correctly. So, don’t be intimidated by the job, get started now and you’ll be done in no time.
Making the rough-in, installing the flange, cleaning the flange, installing the toilet, and finishing up
Mark the Rough-in
First, use a pencil to mark the rough-in onto the flange. This will help you know exactly where to drill the 1 ½-inch-long, 1 ¼-inch-diameter hole that’s needed for the drain pipe. You’ll need to mark the position of the flange in two places: In the center and at least 2 inches from each end. Mark the center using a small dot or a pencil line. You can mark the other two spots using lines with arrows or numbers. Make sure the markings are visible and clear so you can see them after the flange is installed.
Install the Flange
Put the flange over the toilet bowl and mark the position of the floor bolts and the wall studs. Position the flange in the bowl and mark the position of the floor bolts. For this step, it’s important to follow the instructions in the flange kit. If you have a bolt-in flange system, you’ll need to predrill the floor holes and use a mallet to tap the flange in place with the bolts. Make sure the flange is in contact with the floor. If necessary, you can tap the flange with a mallet to ensure it’s flush against the floor. Now, mark the position of the floor bolts on the floor. Remove the flange and use a hammer drill to drill the holes for the floor bolts. For this job, you may want to use a hammer drill bit to prevent the drill bit from slipping.
Clean the Flange
Before you install the toilet, clean the flange with a brush or a rag. This will remove any dirt and prevent it from getting inside the pipe. Be careful not to scratch the flange. If there’s dirt inside the flange, it can cause a clog in the drain once the toilet is in place. Now, install the toilet. To do this, you’ll need a wax ring, a mallet and a wrench. First, put a few drops of dishwashing soap and water on the flange. Put the wax ring on top of the flange and place the toilet bowl on top. Make sure the toilet bowl is sitting level and that the bowl is centered. Then, tap the toilet bowl with a mallet.
Install the Toilet
Now, put a few drops of dishwashing soap and water on the flange. Make sure the flange is in contact with the wax ring. Install the toilet and make sure it’s level. If necessary, shim the legs to make the toilet level. Next, put a few drops of plumber’s putty on the flange and put the toilet seat on top of the flange. Make sure the flange is in contact with the toilet seat. Now, connect the drain pipe to the flange.
The toilet is heavy, so it’s best to have another person help you lift and move it. Always wear gloves and eye protection when working with the flange. Dirt and debris can get inside the flange and make it clog. If you’re not comfortable with the task or don’t have the right tools, it’s best to hire a professional.
At some point, every homeowner will be faced with a plumbing job. Not only are plumbing problems fairly common, but they can also be challenging to fix. However, you don’t have to live with the problem or hire a professional. With the right tools and a few simple steps, you can easily fix the problem yourself. This guide will provide you with a step-by-step process on how to plug a toilet flange the right way. Now, you’ll be able to understand the tools and materials needed, the simple steps to take and the safety precautions to keep in mind. With this guide, you’ll be able to make the connection quickly and correctly.