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The Toilet Debacle

One of our toilets clogged up for several years now. I used to have to plunge it every once in a while, then every week, then several days. So I decided to replace it once and for all.

The job was quite simple. All I had to do what place a toilet over the damn hole. Yet I took me a whole day with three tries and several trips to Home Depot and Lowe’s. The first time went almost smoothly, except the color was wrong. My wife wanted the biscuit color, not white. I didn’t care much, but I don’t want to hear her complain for many years to come.

Home Depot only stocks white so I had to go to Lowe’s to get the biscuit color. The second attempt failed because the wax was broken and the water leaked. I had to unassembled everything and tried again with a waxless seal gasket.

The third attempt was getting better but the toilet was not secured tight. I had to open it up again to tighten up the flange.

I must admit I am terrible at this. Given how much time and energy I had spent, it was worthwhile just to pay $150 for the installation. Then again, I have learned how to do it through my failures. The next time will not be as bad.

After my second failure, which I followed the instructions from the toilet’s manual, I looked up on YouTube. This clip is simple and helpful.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Kohler Highline Classic Biscuit: $285
  • Oatey PVC Flange: $12
  • Sani Seal Waxless Toilet Gasket: $12