What to Remember Before Installing a New Toilet
Is your toilet cracked or damaged? Did someone flush something that’s blocking the line? Are you looking to purchase a more modern toilet? There are different reasons for installing a toilet, and also a lot of homeowners would certainly call in a professional plumbing technician like Active Plumbing to get it done. Nonetheless, you can try installing the new one yourself to save a couple of bucks. Installing a toilet can an excellent DIY project, however under government and insurance requirements this work need to be performed by a licensed plumbing professional.
Installing a two-piece toilet is done in three stages: First, you secure the toilet base to the floor, then you attach the tank to the base, and finally, you connect the water to supply the toilet with water. A one-piece toilet is installed in a similar manner but it can be more cumbersome to deal with. Since it’s all in one piece, however, the installation is faster, because you don’t have to install components individually. Before you go install a new toilet, here are some of the most important considerations you need to keep in mind.
Measure the old seat or the toilet bowl and seat fastening bolt mounting centers to make certain that the replacement will be the appropriate fit. The size and spacing of mounting holes for majority of modern toilets are universal, as well as the width of the seat (with minimal variations). The most essential thing to find out is if your seat is “round” or “oblong”. Round seats are approximately 16 inches (40.6 cm) from front-to-back, and oblong ones are generally 18 inches (45.7 cm) from front-to-back.
Choose a Toilet Bowl
Toilet bowls can be found in round and elongated (oval) square shapes. Elongated bowls are generally two inches longer than round bowls and provide extra support. Round bowls are typically cheaper and are preferable for small spaces. As with rough-in standards, be certain that your space will fit an elongated bowl before you buy. The bowl height is typically 14-in to 15-in high measured from floor level, minus the seat. You can find taller bowls that are the height of a standard chair (16-in to 19-in) for better comfort and support.
Go for Quality
You can purchase a “contractor special” unit for less than $75. However, you can expect most of working parts to the quality of the glazing to be low quality. Additionally, don’t expect a powerful flush from an inexpensive toilet. Remember that you’re going to use your toilet every day for years, so choose quality. Expect to spend $100 to $700 for a gravity toilet.
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