DIY Plumbing Projects

DIY Plumbing Projects
Every now and then, you might get the urge to complete a few plumbing projects either out of necessity or simply for an aesthetic upgrade. Many plumbing projects are do-it-yourself tasks that don't require a professional plumber. Here are two of them: how to replace a toilet seat and how to install a new bathroom faucet.

Replace a Toilet Seat

Perhaps your existing toilet seat is cracked, or maybe you want to replace the toilet seat to create a new aesthetic. Whatever your reasoning, here's how to install a new toilet seat.

  1. Pick the right replacement:Most modern toilet bowls have standard mounting holes and widths. Make sure you get either a round or oblong seat, based on the type of toilet you have.
  2. Remove the old toilet seat: Pry off the plastic covers at the back of the seat with a flathead screwdriver and unscrew the plastic or metal bolts underneath. You may need pliers to hold the nuts in place while you unscrew the bolts. Lift the old seat off the toilet and discard it.
  3. Clean the toilet: The area behind the bolts is probably dirty because it's impossible to reach it under normal circumstances. Clean the area with standard toilet bowl cleaner or other cleaners designed to remove rust or mold. Dry the area thoroughly.
  4. Attach the new seat: Screw the new bolts into the toilet's mounting holes. Attach new nuts if applicable. Snap the plastic covers firmly over the new bolt heads. Now you have a new toilet seat!

Install a New Bathroom Faucet

A drippy or squeaky faucet may be worth repairing. Follow these steps to replace a bathroom faucet.

  1. Turn off the water: Turn the shut off valve under the sink to cut off the water supply. Open the faucet to relieve pressure.
  2. Remove the old faucet: Unscrew the water supply lines by hand or with a basin wrench. Disconnect the lift rod and remove the nuts from below the faucet.
  3. Remove the drain: Unscrew the P-trap's slip nut and place a bucket under the trap to catch water. Unscrew the drain flange from the tailpiece. Clean around the sink's drain and faucet holes to remove residue and any remaining silicone sealant.
  4. Install the new faucet: Install the gasket on the underside of the faucet. You may need sealant or plumber's putty. Attach the faucet to the mounting holes and tighten the nuts. If necessary, assemble the handles following the manufacturer's instructions.
  5. Install the new drain: Screw the nut tightly onto the new drain body. Slide or screw the gasket over the nut. Apply silicone or plumber's putty under the flange and position it in the sink hole. Screw the drain body into place, ensuring the pivot hole is facing the back. From below, tighten the nut and gasket. Then install the drain rod by unscrewing the pivot nut, inserting the horizontal rod through the stopper's hole, replacing the nut and screwing the lift rod to the strap.
  6. Complete the final steps: Reconnect the water supply lines to the new faucet's shanks and turn the shut off valve to restore water flow. Remove the aerator and turn on the hot and cold water to full blast for one minute to flush out sediment. Check that all connections are tight. Screw the aerator back on, and your faucet is ready for use!

If you have questions or run into problems while completing these plumbing projects, give Mr. Rooter® a call.

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