Toiling Away

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Toiling Away

The future we were all promised as children is finally here! While we still have to wait for flying cars and hoverboards, we can now put our days of cleaning skid marks out of the toilet behind us. Rejoice, my friends.



Well, these kiddo’s are learning how a toilet works while wearing poop hats in a toilet museum in Japan. We don’t have anything that fancy going on, but we are just as enthusiastic to share our new findings with you.

If you took a moment to watch the video above you’ll know Lana and I just upgraded to a  VorMax  made by American Standard. It’s got the elongated bowl to more comfortably accommodate your posterior and as I mentioned before, it has VorMax technology which means that every time you flush you are cleaning the unmentionables you’d normally have to scrape off manually. If you are a little behind with this bathroom plan, you can catch up here. We will wait for ya.

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Switching out your old commode for a space age throne won’t take long or even have you break a sweat. And as I promised in the video, here is a list of tools you’ll need to get the job done.

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Gather these tools:

  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Philips Head Screwdriver
  • Razor Blade (To cut through the caulk sealing the old toilet to the floor)
  • Cleaning Spray and Paper Towels
  • Putty Knife or Paint Scraping tool (to remove old wax seal from the floor flange)
  • New wax seal with flange
  • Note: Your situation may call for a new floor flange (mine didn’t) if you aren’t sure ask a professional

And here are some tips to help along the way:

  • Shut off your water valve that runs from your house to the toilet. This may seem self explanatory, but if you should forget you’ll be cleaning up longer than it would have taken you to change the toilet. If you are also going to replace a leaky water supply valve remember to shut the water off to the whole house first.
  • Place the old toilet in a bathtub or shower if you happen to have one in the same room. This will make sure any leakage is contained in an area easy to clean.
  • Replace the bolts that go from the floor flange to the toilet bottom (the ones that hold the toilet to the floor) The old ones will most likely be rusted heavily and it’s just a good idea to replace them while you’re down there.
  • DON’T OVERTIGHTEN THE BOLTS. Hand tighten everything first and then if you need to use the wench to tighten things a bit more use caution. Over tightening can crack the toilet and then you are up a certain creek without a toilet.


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We are smack dab in the middle of this bathroom reno and can’t wait to reveal the new look.

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So far we are super happy with the look of our new toilet and will be back with a full review after we’ve had some time to… utilize it’s function to the fullest extent.

(i’m talking about pooping in case that wasn’t clear)


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  3. Barbara says:

    I love making my own cleaners and other household products using basic ingredients I can find in my pantry and some of my favorite essential products. Pinned! I love all of your ideas. Thank you, Lana!

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