Down and Dirty Toilet Replacement
Step #3: Disconnect Toilet
The next step is to disconnect the water supply line and remove the bolts holding the toilet to the floor.
How to disconnect a toilet:
- Lubricate Toilet Flange Bolts: The toilet flange bolts, which hold the toilet to the floor, often become corroded and frozen over time. Use a flathead screwdriver to remove the caps on the toilet flange bolts. Spray the flange nuts and bolts with penetrating oil and allow the oil to soak in.
- Disconnect Water Supply Line: Use an open end or adjustable wrench to unscrew the supply line fitting from the tank by turning the supply line coupling nut counterclockwise. Have a pan or small bucket handy to catch any water in the supply line. If you plan to replace the supply line, use a wrench to disconnect the supply line from the shutoff valve as well.
- Remove Toilet Flange Bolts: After the penetrating oil has been given time to work, remove the toilet flange nuts by turning them counterclockwise with a ratcheting socket or closed end wrench.