How to Move a Toilet Over A Few Inches: 8 Easy Steps

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How to Move a Toilet Over A Few Inches

Moving a toilet can be tricky. The worst that could happen is you break your toilet and have to buy a new one. Luckily, there are many ways to move a toilet with minimal damage! In this blog post, we will cover 8 easy steps for how to move a toilet over a few inches, so you don’t have to replace it or get on your hands and knees.

Why People Are Moving Toilet?

  1. People who are moving a toilet are doing so for different reasons, but some of the most common include:
  2. They have purchased new furniture and want to fit it in their bathroom or other rooms
  3. There has been an update done on the home that requires them to move the toilet (i.e., putting in a bigger shower into existing space)
  4. Remodeling project like renovating master bath and adding fixtures such as tempered glass sinks and showers with frameless enclosures; therefore, old toilets need to be relocated.

How to Move a Toilet Over A Few Inches

Steps to move a toilet over a few inches:

Step 1: Prepare your work space

You should put down a tarp to protect the floor.

Step 2: Remove Toilet Seat and Lid

Remove the toilet seat and lid from your toilet by unscrewing them with an adjustable wrench or pliers. Set aside for safekeeping. You will put them back on after you replace your toilet in its new location.

Step 3: Remove the Water Supply Line

Use a pair of adjustable pliers or wrenches to loosen and unscrew your water supply line from under the toilet tank. If you are not experienced with plumbing, ask for help before proceeding.

Step 4: Flush Toilet & Disconnect Waste Pipe

Flush your toilet to empty it completely. Use some string (or shoelace) to tie off one end of the waste pipe on top of the soil stack running out through your floor behind your wall, then disconnect that end at its base in front of your toilet by loosening any slip nuts holding it together using adjustable pliers or wrenches.

You can call an expert if this step is too difficult for you. Then do the same thing on the other end of your waste pipe that is still connected to the toilet.

Step 5: Disconnect Water Supply Line from Toilet Tank

Once you’ve finished emptying out your tank, disconnect its water supply line by loosening any slip nuts holding it together using adjustable pliers or wrenches. You can call an expert if this step is too difficult for you.

Step 6: Remove Toilet Bowl from Mounting Ring & Gently Lower into New Position

Use a flathead screwdriver and hammer gently tap around the mounting ring until it falls away from underneath your bowl where there should be some space between the floor and ring.

Once all visible screws have been removed, lift off the entire bowl while supporting it with one hand underneath and set it on top of the tarp you prepared before.

Step 7: Disconnect Waste Pipe from Toilet Bowl & Reconnect to New Position

Disconnect your waste pipe by loosening any slip nuts holding it together using adjustable pliers or wrenches. You can call an expert if this step is too difficult for you.

If there are no visible screws, tap around the mounting ring with a flathead screwdriver until it falls away from underneath the bowl where there should be some space between floor and ring.

Then lift off the entire bowl while supporting it with one hand underneath and set it on top of the tarp you prepared before moving on to the next steps!

Step 8: Re-Attach Water Supply Line to Toilet Tank

Reconnect your water supply line to under the toilet tank by screwing it back into place using adjustable pliers or wrenches. You can call an expert if this step is too difficult for you.

Then re-attach both ends of the waste pipe by tightening any slip nuts, holding them together with adjustable pliers or wrenches, and finally put your seat and lid back on!

Now that all parts are replaced in their new position, you must refill your toilet’s tank with freshwater before flushing everything down again.

Use some string (or shoelace) to tie off one end of the waste pipe on top of the soil stack running out through your floor behind your wall, then reconnect that end at its base below the bowl by tightening any slip nuts holding them together.

Then do the same thing on the other end of your waste pipe that is still connected to the bowl and tighten any slip nuts before replacing the toilet bowl onto the mounting ring, leveling it with a small level or shim if necessary, re-attaching the mounting ring underneath using screws removed earlier.

Replacing a toilet is not as difficult as many people make it out to be. It might sound like a lot of work at first, but once you get the hang of taking one apart and putting it back together again, everything will seem much easier! Replacing your own toilet can save time and money too! You can also read our blog on pipe wrench and how you can cut tile around the toilet drain.

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