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  1. Tips for Buying a Toilet

    How to buy the best toilet for your home, including expert advice on features like flushing mechanisms, sizes, shapes, water saving efficiency, noise, comfort and cleanability.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. Fix a Running Toilet

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    If you've tried a new flapper to fix your running toilet and it still runs don’t give up hope. Here's a fix that's sure to work.

  2. How to Improve Toilet Performance

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    Fight back against toilets that don't flush. Learn the pros and cons of “gravity flush,” “pressure assist” and “vacuum assist” toilets so you know what to look for when you go shopping for a new toilet .

  3. Parts of a Toilet

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    Toilets have moving parts, and moving parts wear out or break. If your toilet won't stop running, try repairing or replacing these key parts of the toilet .

  4. How to Caulk a Toilet to a Floor

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    A master plumber shares his secrets for setting toilets on tile floors. The key is getting a good caulk seal between the toilet and the floor, which prevents rocking and protects against leaks.

  5. How to Fix a Clogged Toilet

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    Clogged toilet ? No problem. With a little practice, even a home repair rookie can get most clogged toilets back up and running in minutes, without flooding the bathroom and making the situation worse. In this article we'll show you how to avert a morning household disaster by clearing a clogged toilet fast.

  6. How to Repair a Leaking Toilet

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    Fix the 4 most common causes of leaks under the toilet . With the right parts it's easier (and cheaper) than you think.

  7. Replacing a Rotted Floor Under the Toilet

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    Minor wood rot around a toilet flange doesn’t always mean you have to replace the subfloor. Solve the problem with a metal flange support instead.

  8. Toilet Seat Replacement

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    How to replace a toilet seat when the bolts won’t come off. Tricks and techniques to get the job done quickly and easily.

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Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Talking Toilets With Chip Wade (or, How to Choose a Toilet )

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    FromBobVila.com

    "With subtle style differences and various makes and models available, a toilet is a pretty simple machine designed t...

  2. Bob Vila Radio: Low-Flush Toilets

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    FromBobVila.com

    Did you know that you could save 20% on your water bill just by replacing your toilet ? Most conventional toilets hog ...

  3. Low-Flush Toilets - Bob's Blogs

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    FromBobVila.com

    Most homes still have one or more older models that waste a phenomenal amount of water compared to today’s new low-flush toilets .

  4. Dual-Flush Toilets - Bob Vila Radio - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Dual-flush toilets cut down on water use, saving you money while conserving a precious natural resource.

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How Does a Toilet Work

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    Toilet , how does it work? Tim Carter of AsktheBuilder.com explains the basics of how toilets bring water in and waste out. A new toilet uses 1.6 gallons of water which produces energy to flush waste away.

  2. Learn how to Clean Toilets

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    Learn how to clean toilets in this video with Cathy Green of UpperCrust Maids.

  3. How to Install a Toilet

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    Join Everyday DIY's host, Jeff Wilson, for a video guide through the process of installing a toilet .

  4. How to Remove a Toilet

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    If you’ve never pulled a toilet , don’t worry it’s very simple. You can remove it yourself in about 15 minutes. The Family Handyman editor, Les Zell, shows you how to remove a toilet and tells you what you need to check before you install a new toilet .

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Blog Posts

  1. How to Install a Toilet

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    FromAna-White.com

    BOO!!! Happy Halloween!!!  So tell me, what is the scariest DIY project for you?  How about installing a new toilet ? Does that send shivers down your spine and give you goosebumps? I'll admit that installing a new toilet can seem daunting because what if you don't do a good job? What if it leaks? That's my real fear - having to deal with a leaky toilet !! Yuck! Or worse, a rotted floor or flooded basement. At our local Home Depot, there were dozens of toilets to choose from.   We wanted a high quality toilet within a reasonable price that would last a long time and work well.  But which one? Amanda, an associate at Home Depot, saw me looking and came over and asked if I needed any help. She helped me pick out a toilet .  (If you don't have a local Amanda, you can find more information on toilet selection here ). That's the one!!! We choose the Kohler Highline Elongated toilet .  It is simple but stylish, comfortable, and high performance all while conserving water.   And then Amanda even found me a flat bed cart and loaded the toilet up! Because we installed a heated floor on top of our main subfloor, this changed the distance between the toilet floor plumbing and the finished floor height. Having a tiled over floor could cause a similar issue, resulting in a larger space between the toilet floor drain and where the toilet sits. So Amanda helped me pick out an extended wax ring that will fill in this gap. The instructions also recommend a few other tools. Amanda helped me pick out an adjustable wrench set, And a screwdriver set. (side note - look for these tools in up coming Momplex posts. The Ram has been stealing them from me!) Amanda even helped me load the toilet up! While out shopping, I also picked myself up a new orange handbag! And then the Ram hauled it up the stairs in the Momplex for me to install. I love learning new things, so I was pretty excited to open up this box, And start pulling toilet parts out! The parts themselves are pretty light, and easy to handle. That's the tank there! The toilet we selected comes as a complete package, with the seat and a standard wax ring. But with our raised floor, we will use the extended wax ring.   Also, because this is new construction, I picked up a toilet supply line.  If you were replacing a toilet , you could probably use the existing toilet supply line. So let's start with that wax ring ... Let me take a seat on my new orange handbag .... and get to work! I took it out of the package and placed it on the base of the toilet , wax side to the toilet . Then, because this is new construction, I had to break the center part of the drain out with a hammer (follow instructions on the drain) And then just break the pieces off and discard. Then I set the long t-bolts facing upward in the slots on the drain.   Then it was just a matter of placing the toilet over the drain so the bolts fit up through the holes in the toilet .   And then squishing the bowl down so the wax ring fills up the space between the drain and the underside of the bowl. And then placing all the hardware on the bolts and tightening down with the nut.  Make sure you also add the white cap washer at this step so that you can put the decorative white caps on later. The bolts were a little long, so I cut the tops off with a hack-zall ... And we are ready for the cap! That's it - the bowl is secured to the floor! And then tank is just bolted to the bowl.  Super easy! And then the tank lid of course just sits on top of the tank. The toilet itself comes with a new seat and all the hardware to install it. As I was putting the seat on, I kept thinking ... that's pretty much it, right?  What else can we add to this toilet ?  It HAS to be harder than this, right??? Well, there's just one more step, hooking up the water line, And then turn the water on ... And, oh my goodness, it works!!!!   And no leaks!!! I did it!  I went from Let's Do This to I DID this!!! We have a working toilet now!! And a big thank you to the Home Depot for challenging me to get the toilet installed and helping us out with supplies and materials!  Thanks Orange! read more

  2. How To Install an American Standard Cadet 3 Toilet - No Tools Required

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    FromCharles and Hudson

    One DIY project we've never tackled is installing a toilet . It's a common job but one we've somehow avoided. Not anymore! We live in a 2 bedroom/1 bath bungalow and our old toilet is the only one in the house. We've been wanting to upgrade our toilet for some time now as the plastic pieces around ...

  3. How to Install a New Toilet With No Tools

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    FromRon Hazelton's Blog

    Toilet replacement featuring American Standard's no tools needed toilet Continue reading

  4. How to Install a New Toilet With No Tools

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    FromRon Hazelton's Blog

    Toilet replacement featuring American Standard's no tools needed toilet Continue reading

  5. No-Tools Toilet Installation

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    FromDIY Advice Blog

    I'm a little wary when manufacturers say that there are no tools needed to install one of their products. So when given the opportunity to install a new toilet for my master bathroom, I decided to give the American Standard Cadet 3 FloWise Right Height...( read more )

  6. Replacing A Toilet with No-Tools

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    Fromwww.remodelingguy.net

    Not all home improvement projects are created equal. Some are more glamorous than others. New granite countertops and hardwood floors are examples of these jobs. These are the ones you post pictures of on Facebook. Then there are those projects which are more, shall we say, utilitarian. They’re the ...

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