Simple, Yet Tricky Home Repairs

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by Ann Martin

Once you have been in a home for over five years, you really do start to see some wear and tear. Especially if you bought a new construction home, those first few honeymoon years, your house was looking great and spotless. Then time and life started taking over and well, the wear and tear started to become more apparent. At least for us, we tried to avoid seeing it, but ultimately it can't be avoided!

So last weekend, we had enough! We wanted to start small, so we just took a quick look around our home and agreed that one eye soar was our toilet seats! I know, you're all probably laughing right now, but really, every time I clean the bathroom, especially my toilets, I could not help but to notice how worn the seats were. How they got that way in eight years, I have no idea - probably from excessive use (we now have a family and have held countless gatherings) and actually from abrasive bathroom cleaners. There were stains, the enamel was chipped, and the toilet seats were just plain ugly! We then decided to take a little excursion to the local home store.

Our store unfortunately did not have a huge selection of toilet seats, but maybe that was a good thing. We knew that we had a round bowl and therefore, needed a round toilet seat to replace our old one. No, problem! Well, there were plastic seats, wooden seats and seats with so many options! We never knew that selecting a toilet seat could be so challenging. We opted for the standard wooden white rounded toilet seat and bought three of them, one for each bathroom. We got home and removed our old one and started to assemble the new toilet seat. It was a tight space under the bowl to tighten the bolts, there literally was just enough space to turn the wrench. Finally, after lining up the seat and tightening the bolts, our toilet seat was finally on. Once we started admiring our handy work, we noticed that the seat was a bit shorter than the bowl itself and frankly it looked a bit funny. How could our new seat not fit properly? We just didn't get it.

We took a look at the box of our new toilet seat and there were so many dimensions listed - we just had no idea that we had to measure anything! Weren't all toilets the same? Apparently not. Typically round toilet seats measure 16.5 inches, but we found out by going back to the home store, even though the toilet seats say 16.5 inches, we measured and found out that some of them were typically a ¼ of an inch longer or shorter and even up to a ½ inch off. The lesson we learned, measure your original toilet bowl seat, or better yet, measure from where the bolts are to the end of your toilet bowl in order to get the best fitting toilet seat for your bowl. Some repairs you just can not foresee any problems, but others well . . .you just find out on your own.

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