Install it Ourselves?!

Not that we are DIYers or even consider ourselves as such, but there are certain things that we have done around the house before and my husband and I have gotten together and decided that we are going to install our new toilets ourselves. If anything, it is for the sake of the experience and the bonding time we will have together as a unit. Since we have never done this before, we have asked others we know that about the process and they have given us a lot of advice that we will take into consideration during the process.


Of course, a bathroom upgrade is completely easy and there are some checks and balances that must be adhered to and respected in order to get it right. After going some thorough research, we have decided for a dual flush option because they are the ones that are likely to save us the most money over the long-term. What we found out is that the process is similar to the installation of low flow toilets. Now, we knew that hiring a professional plumber was the easy way to go, but we decided to go ahead and throw caution to the wind and tackle this project on our own. For those that are also considering installing on their own, here are a few things to take into consideration before taking the plunge and demands of a dual flush toilet option.


Be sure to measure the toilet and the area around it, and that includes the diameter as well as the base of the toilet. Before buying a replacement, have these measurements on hand.


Turn off the water supply to the toilet.

Toilet bowl water hose

Remove water from the toilet and that may include flushing repeatedly. If there is excess water, suction it out using a shop vacuum.

Place plastic over rooms and hallways between the trash and you. Try using a wheelbarrow to take items from the bathroom through the house.

Disconnect the supply hose of the toilet.

Disconnect tank from the bowl, and since there are 2 bolts typically on each side of the toilet, remove those as well.

Man fixing the toilet

Unscrew 2 bolts attached to the floor of the toilet, then remove the toilet.

Place a rag in floor drain to trap gas from the drainpipe and clean away any excess old wax.

Install wax or gasket of new toilet, following the instructions of the manufacturer.

Install offset adapter/collar of a new toilet to closet flange, which connects to drain line.

Install necessary bolts and put toilets in place.

Install rubber gaskets on outlets of new water tanks, then insert screws and the rubber washers.

Connect supply hose and there may be a hose included that requires an installation kit.

Apply the silicone seal on toilet’s base.

Reconnect water line

Install toilet seat.


Once all of these things have been addressed, your new toilet will enliven your bathroom, add value to your home, and prove that you can become a DIYer in the future if you really want to.

Potty Training Follies

For any parents out there that have had problems trying to potty train their child, then they can definitely relate to what I am going through now as I attempt to get my son through this training at the moment. Since I have never had to do it before, I have tried all the books, asked friends, and interviewed colleagues attempting to gather the best information possible to make this transitional period as pain-free for me and my son as possible.

Little boy wearing sunglasses

Potty training for boys and girls is slightly different from what I have been told and this is why I have resorted to specifically asking mother and fathers of little boys the best ways and techniques they employed to get their sons going on their own in no time. I have heard that some parents can get their sons potty trained in as few as seven days and that may seem like a miracle, but it can be done. However, no matter what the timetable is, at the end of the day it takes patience, passion, and a sense of really knowing and understanding the particular needs of your child. The following are some ways to get your son potty trained as quickly as possible.


Buying Supplies

Baby training supplies

You’re going to need some equipment and that extends from the potty chair, to baby wipes, and even a reward chart for good progress. Other things to consider are DVDs and potty books that he can read during the process, a pair of special training underwear and anything else you think you may need to help your son along the way. Most little boys will not care about all of the extras, but if he has or asks for special needs, you may want to get them to keep his interest.


Issues with Nudity


You have to be prepared with your little boy running around the house naked or wearing very little once you get him underway to the world of potty training. Once you have your son placed in special pants and the time comes to go to the potty, you want to make it as easy for him to get them off, so just have him in those only until he learns how to pace himself.




There is nothing wrong with using bribes of food, candies, or even cold hard cash to get your son to go when the time comes. A little treat here or there can really help motivate your son to go to the loo. Find out what he likes and get prepared to get it and lots of it!


Getting Serious


If you want your son to be serious about getting potty trained, then you are going to have to be even more serious or as serious as your child to get through it. We have friends that dedicated one full week of intense training with their son and despite the inconvenience, they made it work and within a few weeks he was on his way and didn’t look back. What you don’t want is for your kid to get sidetracked, lose interest, and then you are forced back to where you began. The best thing is to have another option as back-up so you won’t ever have to know where to go next.

Upgrades to the Loo

We have been making a few renovations in the house and now we have decided to upgrade the hall bedroom with a dual flush toilet now that we have learned how much more effective they are and the amount of money they can save us long-term. We were on the fence before but after consulting with many of our close friends and family members, we have discovered that not only are they saving a tremendous amount of money over the course of a year, but they are also more environmentally friendly. But before we decided to invest in one, we had to narrow down the contenders and thus turned to a few sites to make it happen.


First, we found a site that included a Home Worthy List of toilet seats that offer the most comfortability. Next, I turned to the site and found some worthy bowl cleaners for toilets and was surprised at the price points, but made great notes that would help me in the future. And to find out how this makes it more convenient when taking a poop, there were other sites that made me question my previous choices and then revise them. What we had no idea about was how dual flush toilets have made quite the impact on the market as of late, and are becoming the most popular option for those that are looking to save even more money per flush. You save money on resources, the water used per flush, and your water bills are significantly lower every month. Plus, it is certified by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) at 1.6GPF (gallons per flush) and also boasts the capacity to clear certain amounts of solid waste by each flush. The following are dual flush toilets that are sure to upgrade your loo.


American Standard

American Standard

This is the H20ption that boasts 1.6 gallons per flush for full flushes and 1.0 gallons per flush for partial flushes. The flushes are operated by push buttons that are chrome plated and sit atop the tank, enhanced by a Siphonic flushing system with flushing action that is highly pressurized. With this model, the full flush uses more water at 1.28 gallons per flush and the testing used to bring this one to market has undergone slightly different testing. It is certified by Water Sense, however, but it is not compliant with the ADA. Before it leaves production floors, it is flush tested at 100% and comes with a limited warranty of 5 years, making it a safe choice for you to consider and invest in.


Toto Washlet

Toto Washlet

To start with, what I like about this model is how compact it is, featuring a bidet and skirted toilet, and it can boast being one of a handful of ADA compliant dual flush toilets currently available on the market. How is this dual flushable to stand alone among other models? For one, it comes with a flushing mechanism that is automated and is packed technologically with controlled features, plus they are certified by Water Sense. Its flushing system via 3D Tornado comes with several nozzles that have been constructed to increase flushing capability while using only a minimal amount of water.


Thanks to its ceramic glaze that is so smooth, you won’t have to worry about cleaning this model as much and manual cleaning is minimized. Additional features include automatic closing and opening of the toilet lid, which triggers automatic flush. A heated seat and bidet with washing features can also be adjusted for both temperature and direction. With so many features and a few more, what’s not to love?


Kohler Wellworth

Kohler Wellworth

The Kohler is a dual flush option that features a rounded front and doesn’t need as much space as elongated toilets, making it ideal for small powder rooms and bathrooms. Even with its small size, the efficiency doesn’t seem to be compromised. Boasting a flush system that is Class 5, you can remove a bunch of waste with this model in a single flush and consumes very little water in the process. The company is known for its ability to remove waste with little water, starting at 1.28 GPF, an impressive accomplishment for today’s models.