Hi-ho, hi-ho, off to Lowe's I go...
Off comes the toilet flush lever, easy-peasy.
|Lever removed, ready for fancy push-button!|
|Flush valve removed (note the silicone)|
OK, so far so good. Now let's see how to put this baby together! At this point I'm looking at the image in the instructions, and noticing that's not what I'm looking at in my toilet:
Hmm... I call Ryan in to take a look, and we decide we need to replace the flush valve. No biggie, off to Lowe's again to pick up one of these:
Hmm, not sure how I'm going to install that rubber gasket on our one-piece toilet... Oooohhhhh, THAT'S why the silicone was there. SHIT. Now what?
New dual-flush toilet is what.
So I order the new toilet from Lowe's, and we decide to prep for it while we wait for it to arrive at the store.
Spoiler alert: thankfully we were not living at the house at this point, because we end up being without a crapper for a few days...
|Out comes the old toilet|
|Hmm, that doesn't look good...|
We realize we're going to need to replace the toilet flange that's totally rusted out. See those little shims in the upper left that they had been using to level the toilet? Yeah, nicely done.
As it turns out, the subfloor was totally rotted out as well, and there were old plumbing pipes, so while I laboriously cut away all the rotted subfloors, Ryan worked on running new PVC pipe to the toilet. All this for a more efficient toilet, it better be worth it!
|Several hours with the utility knife later...|
Of course I neglected to document the patchwork as we filled everything back in, but a day or two later the toilet was ready for pickup and voila!
|New toilet in place, and beginning to lay the new floor tiles...|
|Isn't she pretty??|
|So much effort just for a more efficient flush...|
Old homes are so unpredictable, I'm learning how naive it is to ever go into any task thinking of it as just a quick job. But it's always an adventure, and educational, gotta love it!