Installing Toilet shut off valve

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by theragirl, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. theragirl

    theragirl New Member

    Jul 14, 2008
    Hi there, I am renovating a bathroom in my new(old) house. I need to replace the toilet but it doesn't have a shut off valve. Is this something I can do myself. I am doing all the other reno's myself. Are there any links or written directions for this. I'm told now with compression fittings that I should be able to do myself. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. thanks:rolleyes: Oh and if someone could give me a list of things I would need.
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    It's handy to have a shutoff specifically for the toilet. Whether you can install one easily depends on how it is currently setup...a picture of what is there now would make advising you more reliable.

    Measure from the finished wall (not the baseboard) in back of the wall to the bolts holding the toilet down. Unless you have a weird toilet, that is the rough-in dimmension, and determines the toilets that will fit. "normal" in the USA is 12", but it could be some other value. You don't want to pick a toilet then find it doesn't fit!

    Depending on the status of the toilet flange, supply line, and subflooring (if there were leaks, the floor could be rotten), the install could be easy or hard. Sometimes you can't tell until you get things apart.

    A toilet is fairly heavy, so lifting it into position might tax some people, male OR female. Also, 1-piece are heavier than 2-piece toilets, since on many, you can install the tank after setting the bowl in place (thus, there's less to lift).

    A picture of what you have would make advising better. In the meantime, search for Terry's 'sample toilet installation instructions' to get a generic idea.
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