Gone Outdoors

How to Install a Glacier Bay Toilet

by Nathan McGinty

Glacier Bay is a line of toilets sold by The Home Depot. They come in a number of different styles and models to fit in with your bathroom decor. Toilets are installed over a closet flange, which is the opening in the bathroom floor that connects the toilet to your home's sewer system. A water supply valve mounted on the wall behind the toilet provides the toilet with a water supply for flushing.

Turn off the water supply for the toilet. The water supply valve is located on the wall behind the flange opening. Rotate the supply clockwise to shut off the water.

Clean off the flange area where you will install the Glacier Bay toilet. Use a putty knife to scrape away any caulk or construction material on the floor. Insert the flange bolts with the threads facing up. Press the wax ring into place around the flange.

Lift up the toilet bowl and align it over the flange. The outlet in the base of the toilet should line up with the flange opening on the floor. In addition, the two flange bolts should be lined up with the holes in the bottom of the bowl. When aligned, slowly lower the toilet bowl into place.

Slip the metal and plastic washers over each of the flange bolts. Thread on the nuts. Tighten these hand tight. Tighten each side one turn at a time with an adjustable wrench until the toilet bowl is secure.

Place the toilet tank on top of the bowl. The cone gasket at the bottom of the tank should line up with the inlet at the back of the bowl. Slip the tank bolts through the bottom of the tank. Secure with the tank nuts at the bottom.

Wrap the threads on the water supply inlet at the wall and the inlet on the bottom of the tank with plumber's tape. Connect the metal end of the water supply hose to the water supply valve and tighten. Connect the plastic end of the hose to the tank inlet and tighten.

Turn on the water supply valve by turning the knob counter-clockwise. Allow the tank to fill. Flush the toilet and check for leaks. Tighten any bolts if necessary.

Saw off the flange bolt above the nut at the base of the bowl with the hacksaw. Place the plastic caps on top. Insert the caulk into the caulk gun. Trim off the end to the 1/4-inch mark. Caulk around the base of the toilet.

Items you will need
  • Putty knife
  • Flange bolts, nuts, washer and cap
  • Wax ring
  • Toilet bowl
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Toilet tank
  • Tank bolts
  • Plumber's tape
  • Water supply hose
  • Silicone caulk
  • Caulk gun

Tip

  • Use caution when tightening bolts on porcelain. If they are too tight, the porcelain can crack.

About the Author

Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.

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