Replacing Toilets And Other Upkeep

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  1. Dwight Ward

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    Dig an eight foot deep and 3 foot wide hole in the backyard, nowhere near any well. Build a little shed over it with a crescent moon cut out of the door. and a 3 foot wide bench with its own hole over the big hole. Stock with newspapers and a Sears catalog. Total cost $300 plus your effort. I like low tech.
     
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    I ain't diggin' no hole eight feet deep.
     
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    I doubt you need an eight foot deep hole unless you have a large family or a lot of visitors...which you probably won't have shortly after you send them out to the yard to do business.
     
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    Your grammar is awful. It's "I isn't diggin' no hole eight feet deep."
     
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    :D
     
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    2 feet of crap and a ready-made grave.
     
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  7. Don Alaska

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    Ain't was originally a contraction for "am not" but was misused so much that grammarians decided to outlaw it.
     
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  8. Dwight Ward

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    In this case the rules of English grammar lead to a minor grammar disaster.. 'Are not' reduces to 'aren't' and 'is not' to 'isn't'. But how do you pronounce 'amn't'? It just doesn't work. 'Ain't' or 'aint' seem like a workable fix to me, but the substitute contraction has somehow been branded as vulgar. I ain't going to let it worry me..
     
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    Concerning the installation of toilets, if there is a chance of having to pull the toilet again due to leaks coming from the mount, stop using wax rings.
    Fluid Master has a product called “Better Than Wax” which doesn’t have to be replaced, is cleaner, seals better and as an added plus, perfectly aligns the seating bolts for easier installation.

    Now, as a side, if one ever rents to new immigrant S. Americans in this country, they have to be educated about toilet usage.
    One of the things that Latino’s bring with them is the habit of putting Nothing down the toilet except human waste. The type of plumbing they are used to won’t accept paper products of any kind so they wad the toilet paper up and put it into a waste bin next to the toilet.
    It’s a given that most feminine products and diapers shouldn’t be flushed but the used toilet paper creates a huge stench that sticks to the very walls of the house if it isn’t monitored correctly.

    I did some repair work at one such house a couple of days ago and I thought about putting on my painter’s mask so I could breath properly.
    The little family consists of 2 young ladies and a teenage boy who can’t figure out whose job it is to carry out the bags of spent toilet paper.
    Now, since my Spanish is limited and they do not speak a word of English, I’m going to have to approach my young 12 year old interpreter and ask her to introduce them to the finer points of relieving themselves in the United States.
     
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    Exactly. Ain't was used because amn't was pronounceable.
     
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  11. Ken Anderson

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    That's pretty standard in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, too. Although the sewer systems will accept toilet paper, people don't trust it so there's always a paper bag or another container next to the toilet for the used toilet paper.
     
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  12. Don Alaska

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    I ran into that in South America too. I was told that many of the cesspools and septics didn't do well with toilet paper, so they put it into a bag and burned it.
     
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  13. Richard Whiting

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    It is super easy to replace a toilet. All that is needed is: small roll of teflon tape to wrap around around the water inlet threads, a small tub of plumbers putty to go around the circular waste ( on the bottom underside of the toilet) . As long as the water hose is in good condition, you'll not need anything else.
    It should take a max of 1 hour to do the job.
    $400 cost to replace a toilet is a rip off.
     
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  14. Mary Stetler

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    I married my hubby after he replaced my toilet.:rolleyes:
     
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    If you have a cesspool or septic tank, buy a special product called Rid-X. It will dissolve toilet paper. It's what RV's use for their black water tanks.
     
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