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Old 08-13-2012, 01:50 PM   #1
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Had to call a plumber as my washing machine caused water to run out from under the wall near the faucets. The baseboard was already mildewed when I bought the house so this has been ongoing.

The plumber said the water was running down from the cold water faucet. He tightened the big nut just under the faucet and for now its ok. $500 to replace that insert that holds the washer faucets for hot and cold lines and the drain.

Then he looked at the toilet that leaks under the tank. $325 to rebuild the toilet (replace the 3 rubber gaskets).

I've decided to just buy a new toilet and replace this 30 yr old one that's some brand I never heard of.

Kohler is what I want. Are there any options I should look for when looking at Kohlers under $250? I see on HD site that some come with a wax ring. Is that better or is there a chance the wax ring will be old and cracked from sitting in a warehouse?

thanks.

No internet at my house yet, so it'll be awhile before I can check back.

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Why replace the toilet? For about $20.00, less then an hour and a few simple hand tools you could rebuild the whole thing yourself.
Toilets do not wear out, only the parts fail.

Anytime a toilet is removed you always replace the wax ring and closet bolts, there under $5.00 so do not that effect your decision on a toilet.

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Get some quotes for repairing the faucet. It could be a $500 job- or not.
As for the toilet, why Kohler? In my opinion, they're just an average toilet. Several brands/models out there that are as good if not better.
But, I believe replacing a 30 year old toilet is best. Especially if your concerned about water conservation.
When it comes to buying from a box store, they package with the DIY'er in mind so they put the bowl wax and bolts in the box so you won't forget them and make a second trip to the store (don't forget a new supply line)
The wax has a long shelf life, so no concerns there.
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Another reason for letting a plumber put a new toilet in is that I have tried and tried and can not turn off the rusted shut off valve and want that fixed so in case of emergency I can use it.

Supply line, yes I forgot about that. Kohler is the only one I've heard of that was good, except for American Standard.

Also I can't even begin to turn the rusty bolts holding the tank on. And, this is some kind of extra tall toilet and just seems weird.

I'm 5'6 but there are many shelves so high in this house I can't reach them. I think a really tall person lived here before.

I intend to get other estimates on the washer repair, but everyone charges to give an estimate (which I understand) so I have to wait.
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I've never heard of anyone in any trade charging to give an estimate.
Open up the phone box I'll bet right there in there ad it will say free estimates.

A pair of vise grips and a hack saw will get the bolts out.
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Why replace the toilet? For about $20.00, less then an hour and a few simple hand tools you could rebuild the whole thing yourself.
Toilets do not wear out, only the parts fail.

Anytime a toilet is removed you always replace the wax ring and closet bolts, there under $5.00 so do not that effect your decision on a toilet.
I actually have seen several worn out toilets. American Standard Plebe toilets with spider cracking throughout the entire bowl on the inside.


At any rate, I agree with you... they're easy enough to rebuild, so just rebuild it yourself.
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Stay away from any fixtures from home depot.

install washing machine box 225 plus box (copper or CPVC)
customer supplied toilet installed 175 plus misc. parts.

toilets do go bad.

Estimates should be free. warranty on all labor 3/6/12 months depending on Job and conditions.

shop around.
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javile, why do you recommend staying away from HD fixtures? Just curious. I suppose Lowes would be in the same category?

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