How to Install a New Toilet in 5 Easy Steps.

Written by Bridget Mwape

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4. Set new bowl only straight down so it centers on wax ring and both bolts come through holds on each side of bowl. Sit on bowl facing wall until your weight puts bowl flush withrepparttar floor. Put metal washers and nuts on bolts and tighten until snug. Do not over-tighten as you can crackrepparttar 138329 bowl. Tighten these again after toilet is completely installed and filled with water.

5. Next put 2" rubber gasket on tank where it sets onrepparttar 138330 bowl, put rubber washers on bolts provided underrepparttar 138331 bolt head so they will be onrepparttar 138332 inside ofrepparttar 138333 tank. Pick up tank and set on bowl over holes in bowl where bolts go through. Sit on bowl facing wall. Put bolts on fromrepparttar 138334 inside ofrepparttar 138335 tank into holes in bowl, put on metal washers and nuts and tighten. Hold tank level and tighten so it brings tank down level. Use a large screw driver inside tank and a crescent wrench or end wrench to back up nut under bowl. Tighten with screw driver. Hook water supply to tank, turn on water, check for leaks, and snug uprepparttar 138336 bolts holding bowl to floor. If there is a space betweenrepparttar 138337 back ofrepparttar 138338 tank andrepparttar 138339 wall, put a spacer of sort there to brace tank. A piece of wood or hard rubber works fine.


At least twice a year clean outrepparttar 138340 inside of your toilet tank. When cleaningrepparttar 138341 toilet tank, turn offrepparttar 138342 water, flush toilet once, add small amount of cleaning detergent inside tank to water remaining and use a cloth or brush to clean. Also clean out holes under toilet seat and rim ofrepparttar 138343 bowl as well asrepparttar 138344 3/4" hole inrepparttar 138345 bottom of toilet bowl. Replace rubber tank ball at this time if needed. Maintaining your new toilet will keeprepparttar 138346 plumber away and reduce your plumbing bill.

Copyright 2005. Bridget Mwape writes for DIY Tips UK: which features how-to articles and products to help you with your DIY and home improvement projects. This article may be reprinted as long as all the above links are active and clickable.


Written by Mercedes Hayes

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HAND-PEELED OR MILLED: (or anything in between). Hand-crafted log homes are just that:repparttar logs are cut and peeled by hand with a draw-knife, which creates a uneven surface alongrepparttar 137860 log. For an even more rustic look, some ofrepparttar 137861 bark is left intact. Ifrepparttar 137862 log is milled,repparttar 137863 machine takes offrepparttar 137864 layer of bark, leaving a fairly smooth surface torepparttar 137865 log. This can be sanded to a fine finish, if you have enough time or money. Sometimes,repparttar 137866 manufacturer might take that milled log and run a draw-knife across it to make it look peeled. The type of finish is totally up torepparttar 137867 buyer.

CHINKING vs. CAULKING: Chinking is historically done to a hand-crafted log home in order to keeprepparttar 137868 wind from howling in betweenrepparttar 137869 logs. It looks like a broad white band between log courses. When cut by hand, logs can be scribed so that an upper log is shaped to matchrepparttar 137870 contours ofrepparttar 137871 log beneath it. However, not all logs are scribed; some just rest atoprepparttar 137872 log below, creating large gaps inrepparttar 137873 uneven surface. Either way, handcrafted log homes tend to be chinked, which was historically a mix of clay, sand, lime, mud, thatch, you name it, but is now an acrylic compound which expands and contracts withrepparttar 137874 wood. Some homes still require chinking, and others use chinking for aesthetic purposes.

Many milled log homes are actually caulked with an acrylic product designed for log homes. This comes out of a caulking gun, and creates a neat, finished look as well as protectingrepparttar 137875 seams from infiltration. We tend to caulk milled homes or do nothing at all between log courses, becauserepparttar 137876 joinery system is so tight that this step is not mandatory.

Every log home is unique, and each has its own personality. It's amazing how many different construction systems are available to create homes out of logs, and every style has its own characteristics. But overall, no matter what your log home looks like,repparttar 137877 cozy warmth of logs cannot be duplicated in any other kind of house.

Mercedes Hayes is a Hiawatha Log Home dealer and also a Realtor in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She designed her own log home which was featured in the 2004 Floor Plan Guide of Log Home Living magazine. You can learn more about log homes by visiting

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