If your toilet tank is wobbling, there may be problems with the tank bolts. New toilets come with about four to eight bolts that secure the tank to the bowl. Over time, these bolts can become loose, allowing the tank to move from its proper place.

With time, you may also need to replace your old, rusty toilet bolts with new ones. Or if your tank is cracked from the bolts being too strong, the bolts may need removal to repair.

Nobody wants a toilet that is leaking, but if you don’t know what to do, it can become a real problem. This guide helps you figure out how to replace tank bolts on your toilet. Keep reading to learn more.

Gathering Necessary Supplies

Gathering the necessary supplies before replacing your toilet tank bolts is an important step in the process. Begin by collecting a pair of basin wrenches, a Phillips head screwdriver, a putty knife, and some replacement bolts and gasket screws that are the correct size for your toilet. These are all essential tools for the job.

Once you have your supplies, it’s time to shut off the water at the shutoff valve and flush the toilet to make sure all the water is out of the tank. Now you’re ready to remove the tank’s old bolts with your basin wrenches, and then use the putty knife to scrape away any old putty from around the mounting holes.

With the old material cleared away, use the screwdriver to firmly hold the new bolts in place and then use the basin wrenches to secure them in place. 

Calling a Plumber

Replacing your bolts is a relatively simple task that can help to ensure your toilet is running smoothly and efficiently. If you’re not confident with this task, then it’s best to call a plumber.

If you want to know where to find one, then discover more plumbers here. They’ll take care of the job, ensuring the bolts are fitted correctly, and everything is working as it should. 

Examining the Condition of Your Toilet Bolts

It is important to inspect them for signs of corrosion or rust and to make sure they are firmly attached to the tank and the toilet bowl.  If they appear to be broken or worn, they should be replaced. f necessary, use a wire brush or lubricant to remove any surface rust or buildup. 

Determine the tightness of the nuts and bolts, and if they are too loose or tight, begin the process of replacing them. Make sure to check your local hardware store for compatible pieces, and be sure to pick up washers and tank seals while you’re there.

Prepare the Bolt Exterior for Removal

If you need to remove it for replacement, you should first prepare the bolt exterior for removal. Inspect the bolt for any corrosion and gently spray it with a lubricant, such as WD-40. 

Allow the lubricant to sit for several minutes. Next, use needle-nose pliers to remove any washers or back nuts that might be attached to the bolt. If the bolt is corroded, use a hammer and chisel to gently remove the corroded material.

Once the bolt is prepped, use a socket wrench to remove the bolt from the tank. Use caution to ensure the wrench fits properly and is not too loose. If necessary, clean the threads on the tank and the bolt shaft with an abrasive brush. This will help ensure a smooth installation when the replacement parts arrive. 

Draining the Toilet Tank

Draining the toilet tank before replacing the toilet bolts is essential for the success of the job. Start by turning off the water supply to the toilet tank, then flush the toilet to empty the tank. After the tank is empty, decide which type of bolts need to be replaced, as some are adjustable and others are not.

Unscrew the nuts from the inside of the tank and remove the old bolts and washers while making sure not to damage the porcelain surface of the tank. Next, measure the distance between the tank bolt holes in order to purchase the correct type of bolts. 

Installing the New Bolts

Installing the new toilet bolts is an essential part of replacing a toilet tank. Start by removing the old one and screws that hold the tank to the bowl. Be sure to have a bucket on hand to catch any water that remains in the tank. 

Once the old bolts are removed, use a wrench to remove the tank’s mounting nuts.  These might be too tightly stuck for your fingers.  Secure the new bolts on the tank by using a screwdriver to thread them onto the bolt. 

Place the bolt washers on the bolts and insert them into the hold in the bowl and make sure the bolts are snug and not loose. Make sure the bolts are snug and not loose.

Use pliers to secure the tank by mounting nuts onto the tank and tightening them until the tank is firmly secured and the bolts are adjusted properly. Finally, reinstall the tank lid, and the installation is complete.

Finishing Up and Testing 

After you have installed the new bolts, take care to tighten them evenly as you would any other bolt.

Wipe away any debris or dirt that might have accumulated during installation.  Make sure they are properly tightened, and gently pull them on.

Lift the tank up to its full height and insert the washer over the end of the bolt, followed by the rubber spacers. You should also make sure the weight of the tank is evenly distributed. 

Finally, turn on and flush the toilet to test the bolts, looking for anything that looks out of place. If everything is good, you have completed the installation of your new toilet bolts.

Replace Your Tank Bolts Now

Replacing your toilet tank bolts will make your toilet run smoother and flush more strongly, prolonging its life and saving you money. Don’t forget to stock up on any extra supplies you might need.

 Reward yourself with a job well done – you deserve it! Buy spare parts today to ensure a backup for any future repairs.

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