Installing a Toilet

If you're updating a bathroom, you'll need to know how to replace the toilet. Apply a wax seal over the floor toilet flange to prevent sewer gases from entering the room. For extra protection, put a second bead of plumber's putty to seal any imperfections between the floor and the bowl. Place the new bowl firmly and evenly over the seal and bolt it to the floor. Attach the tank. Cut your toilet tube supply to connect the tank to your water supply. Fill and tank and flush away!
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Scribing

When installing counter tops, scribe the the new splash guard to the wall with a compass. This will transfer an exact copy of the wall to the splash plate.
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Toilet Detective

If you suspect your toilet is leaking, but aren't sure where, add some food coloring to the water in the tank. If you see colored water inside the toilet bowl, suspect a defective flapper that needs to be adjusted or replaced. If it shows outside the toilet near the back, suspect a faulty tank-bowl gasket. If you see any water on the floor near the base, check for a faulty wax ring.
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Applying Caulk

Applying caulk can get messy. Here's how to ensure a smooth, clean finished appearance:
- Choose the right caulk for your project. Do you need interior, exterior, mildew-resistant, paintable or tinted caulk?
- Cut the tip of the caulk tube at an angle. Cut the tip so that the bead of caulk will not be wider than 1/4 inch.
- For best results, before starting your project, use a scrap piece of paper to practice so you can get used to the caulk’s application rate.
- Finish off by smoothing the caulk with a slightly wet finger, damp rag, or slightly wet caulking tool; this will ensure the nicest finished appearance.
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Low-Flow Shower

Install a low-flow shower head with a maximum flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute or less. You'll cut your bathroom water use by 30 to 50 percent, and you'll conserve the energy required to heat the "extra" water.
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Water-Saver Toilets

When you replace a toilet, install a low-consumption model or a water saver. Standard toilets use 5 to 7 gallons per flush; "water-savers" use 3 to 4 gallons per flush; and new low-consumption models use 1.6 gallons, or less per flush. Until you replace your toilet, put a plastic bottle filled with water in the tank to cut down on water needed for a flush.
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Low-Flow Aerators

Add low-flow aerators to threaded faucets in sinks. These inexpensive devices reduce flow rates while maintaining enough force for washing and other uses.
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