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4. Set new bowl only straight down so it centers on wax ring and both bolts come through holds on each side of bowl. Sit on bowl facing wall until your weight puts bowl flush with floor. Put metal washers and nuts on bolts and tighten until snug. Do not over-tighten as you can crack bowl. Tighten these again after toilet is completely installed and filled with water.
5. Next put 2" rubber gasket on tank where it sets on bowl, put rubber washers on bolts provided under bolt head so they will be on inside of tank. Pick up tank and set on bowl over holes in bowl where bolts go through. Sit on bowl facing wall. Put bolts on from inside of tank into holes in bowl, put on metal washers and nuts and tighten. Hold tank level and tighten so it brings tank down level. Use a large screw driver inside tank and a crescent wrench or end wrench to back up nut under bowl. Tighten with screw driver. Hook water supply to tank, turn on water, check for leaks, and snug up bolts holding bowl to floor. If there is a space between back of tank and wall, put a spacer of sort there to brace tank. A piece of wood or hard rubber works fine.
At least twice a year clean out inside of your toilet tank. When cleaning toilet tank, turn off water, flush toilet once, add small amount of cleaning detergent inside tank to water remaining and use a cloth or brush to clean. Also clean out holes under toilet seat and rim of bowl as well as 3/4" hole in bottom of toilet bowl. Replace rubber tank ball at this time if needed. Maintaining your new toilet will keep plumber away and reduce your plumbing bill.
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