Which led to the discovery that my water main does NOT shut off all the way. I thought it was just the water in the pipes that needed to be bled off, so I started dismantling the old toilet. 15 minutes later, with the tank already thrown in the trash and the shutoff valve at the tank completely frozen, I realized my error. 10 minutes too late. The tank cracked when I chucked it in the trash. So now it's 8pm and I figure I'll just keep a bucket under the valve until I can do a quick swap of the toilet bases. Except the old toilet has FOUR bolts. And 2 are so rusted they do not want to budge an inch. I use a penetrant and keep dinking away at them (emptying the 5 gallon bucket of overflow water every 45 minutes). And then, magic, the old toilet gives up the ghost and comes off. I rejoice. I scrape all the old wax off the flange and install a new waxless ring on the new toilet.
|Water off, dismantling begins.|
|new wax ring. and new bolts.|
|The old wax ring, and steadily leaking water valve|
I make it home in time to empty the bucket and tighten up the new toilet installation. Then I risk turning the water main back on. The new low-flow toilet fills, it holds water, it flushes beautifully and finally, relief. and I do mean RELIEF.
Who knew toilets were so simple parts wise, but such a pain in the arse to dial in? Next time, I will be better prepared.