Installing the Throne

With the economy as it currently is, I always have to find ways to save money when it comes to my shop, and that includes calling on friends to assist me in times of need. Right now, I have had to call on a dear friend to help me install a new toilet in the shop because I simply cannot afford the exorbitant costs that can come with paying a professional company to come in and do the job. Since I don’t know how to install one, I thought it would be to my advantage to ask a friend and also watch to get more insight into the process so that in the future it may be possible for me to even do it myself from start to finish.


For some people that are more technical, it may seem fairly easy, but since I am not one of those people, I know that I need a bit of help just so I won’t mess it up. When you have the skills to pull things off of this nature, of course they are easy to do, but I am the type of person that learns by doing, and the easiest way to learn is to literally stand side by side someone else and learn from them. There are many places online where you can to go learn the intricacies of replacing a toilet, and I have found a few of them, but at the end of the day, I still prefer the more direct approach. The site

is an awesome one for those that are more adventurous than I happen to be in this area. There are some rules below that can help your experience that much easier.


Measuring Before You Buy



For those that are in the market to buy and install a toilet, you definitely should start from the ground up and measure everything so you won’t have to deal with any abrupt surprises. For the vast amount of toilets, you should measure from directly on the wall to the hold-down bolts on the toilet. The majority of homes carry those that are either 10-inch or 14-inch models. If yours are not either of these two, you will probably have to spend a bit more money before installation. You should also know that it is important to measure any doors that are located near your toilet and how far the bowl protrudes from your walls. Replacing a standard toilet with more elongated models may compromise the installation process, so it is important to read up on the exact specifications before starting any renovations.


Brass Bolts

brass bolts

You will definitely want to check labels to ensure you are getting the correct nuts and bolts. The brass bolts wont rust and are far easier to cut if you need to do so in the future. Buy screws that are made of stainless steel if you think you may need to re-anchor those toilet flanges as they are not going to corrode and break off like steel versions.

It Must Be Done

Just like everything else in my house it seems, the time has come to replace another appliance in my shop and this time, it is my toilet. Of course, I want my customers and potential customers to use a toilet that is up to par and that makes it easy for me to maintain during busy store hours. The one that I currently have installed has been there for years, so it is not like I did not see this coming. I have always said that once the time came I would replace it with one of the best available on the market and the decision to take the plunge now means I have been doing a ton of research in order to find those that fit my preferences and budget.


It has been years since I had to go out and check on the prices of toilets, and once I began, I realized that there are toilets out there that do so much more than those from previous years. First, I went to the site which gave me a comprehensive list of toilets that have been vetted by previous users and experts. There are so many places to look for toilets these days and there are even some that are recommended for your wilderness adventure as well, which I find surprising.


Even when it comes to those latest one-piece toilets, I took my time researching those as well, many of which have been featured here. These are the toilets that are becoming so popular that I would be a fool to at least not consider them as they save a ton of money on water bills each month since they don’t waste water per flush. What was interesting to note is that the EPA has approved these models because they use even fewer gallons per flush than others and this is one of the main reasons why I have taken my time to meticulously make a short list of the best around. The following are those that I am more inclined to invest in and I believe offer the best options for both homeowners and small businesses.


American Standard H2option

American Standard H2option

The system here is dual-flush and utilizes 1.6GPF for a full flush and only 1.0GPF for a partial one, operated via two push buttons that are chrome plated atop the tank. Experts note that flushing actions on this model are improved by the system through Siphonic flushing that is highly efficient and pressurized. The testing for this is based on an average of 2 partial flushes and also one full one. Although not ADA compliant, it is certified by Water Sense and comes equipped with a limited warranty of 5 years. For those that are looking for a toilet that provides stability and reliability, this is definitely one that gets the job done and is an affordable option.


Toto Washlet

Toto Washlet

This toilet is one-piece, compact and comes with a bidet as well, making it one of the few dual flush toilets that comply with all of the requirements mandated by the ADA. There are other dual flush toilets meeting the bowl and height specifications for the ADA compliance, but it does not meet levered flush requirements. But it bypasses this with a flushing mechanism that is automatic. Technology abounds on this model, boasting excellent construction and other features that are electronically controlled – it is also certified by Water Sense. This Toto toilet also comes with 3D Tornado, a flush system that comes with nozzles that increase flushing capability to use the minimum amount of water possible.


Combined with a ceramic glaze that is extremely smooth, the toilet stays cleaner longer and that means you won’t have to spend as much time manually cleaning it. The lid opens and closes automatically when triggered by an automatic flush, featuring a heated sea and an adjustable bidet for both temperature and direction. These functions, as well as the warm drying, are able to be adjusted with a control pad that is remote and wireless. It is definitely one of the most technologically advanced toilets on the market presently and users have assured an efficient model.


Kohler Wellworth

Kohler Wellworth

Featuring a beautiful rounded front, the Kohler Wellworth is a dual-flush option that utilizes less space in bathrooms compared to other models, but it also must be noted that this does not mean the efficiency is reduced. Boasting a flush system that is rated a Class 5, it removes large amounts of waste with only one flush and still manages to meet specifications for the EPA through its Water Sense technology. I highly recommend it.


Bring on the Flowers

You never have to remind me of why flowers are such a beautiful sight to behold and smell. But sometimes, there is nothing like a reminder or two to get you in the mood for a fresh bouquet. I have even had the pleasure to receive beautiful bouquets through certain stores that deliver them via a monthly service. I personally feel that everyone should have a fresh bouquet delivered to them every now and then.


Currently, I have been using a special site that delivers gorgeous roses directly to my door every first week of the month. Before I decided to pick up the service, I got a few free samples before finally deciding to take the plunge. Not only does this save me time and money, but it is also easier on the environment, something we should all be more mindful of these days. I have been completely surprised at how carefully packed the roses are that are always delivered to my door each month. They always have the colors that I want and sometimes, even the ones that I never even knew existed. It is almost as if they can foresee the colors that I want! It is very surreal! When they are in my home and on display for those few weeks, there is not a single person that comes by that doesn’t leave me positive comments on them and that is another reason why I continue to buy them monthly. The following are some of the advantages to having fresh flowers in our house each month.


Flower improve your overall mood.


I am not sure if there are any studies that can verify this claim, but I personally feel like having flowers on hand elevates my mood and makes me happy. When you are gifted with them, you feel special. It is a simple gesture, but it truly makes a difference.


Flowers spruce your décor up.


If you want to change the look of a room in a quick and easy way, flowers can do the trick in an instant. They simply make everything look fresher and brighter. Plus, you only pay a fraction of the cost and they are a great conversation piece.


Flowers make the entire house smell better.

jasmine flowers

Flowers don’t just look amazing, but they smell great as well. Depending on the type of flowers your prefer, they provide a hint of aroma that can be smelled around the entire house, and some can be even more potent. It all depends on what you like!


Flowers spark creativity.


What is it about flowers that tend to make us more creative Whatever it is, what I do know is that whether they are for my home or my office, a few freshly cut flowers can really get my creative juices flowing.


Flowers relax you.


If you want to calm down, do it with flowers. Just walking in the door and seeing fresh roses on a daily basis can do wonders for our mindset and get you in a more relaxed state after a long day of work. If you have not tried it, I suggest you do so and find out for yourself!