We inherited a 1950’s bathroom, not in a good way. On the project list is to rip it out and install a modern efficent bathroom. I wasn’t planning on doing anything unitl I had installed a second bathroom so we could still ive in the house as I renovate. The house had other ideas . . . If the house had a motto it would be “If it ain’t broken, it will break”. Overnight the flushing mechanism broke. I took one look inside and desided to replace the whole toilet. The replacement toilet can be removed and reinstalled during renovation. Other reasons for removing:
1) I hate the colour
2) The seat is broken and due to age I hadn’t found a replacement
3) It takes 16 seconds of pressing the handle to flush so my teenage boys only half flush or don’t flush at all
4) 3.5 gallon flush!
5) It’s tiny . . . I don’t need to go into details but sitting as a bloke requires careful positioning!
I replaced it with a toilet that is anatomically better designed. It has a 1.25 gallon flush which is instant. I paid extra for a touchless, single press option because it greatly increases the probability of use by my teenage boys. The water saving alone is nearly 10,000 gallons a year or 37,000 litres based on a family of four using it three times a day. (Pretty mind blowing).
So here are the steps I took with photos.
Old tiny toilet with massive water tank
Mostly wax . . . But not all. Yuck.
The plumbing cleaned up nicely. It’s all copper. I used a heat gun to melt off all the old wax.
New wax ring on underside of new toilet
Philips screw driver
Dremel to cut the old bolts - rusted solid
Heat gun to melt wax
Rags from old bed sheets
Mop and bucket Sponge for removing water from old toilet
Purchases: Two toilets - I’ll be replacing the downstairs one next
20 inch hose - 14 or 16 would have been better but the next size down was 12 inch which is too short
Just realised I’m allowed up to ten points for duplicates, so here is the second toilet installation completed yesterday.
When we moved in the toilet was hissing. The house had been empty for three years. There’s a lot of iron in our water and the continuous running of water had left the bowl badly stained and the flush mechanism was in very poor shape. As with the previous toilet, this one has a 3.5 gallon flush which I replaced with 1.25 gallon flush.