As if Marc and I were not already at our DIY renovation breaking point, we suffered through a 5-hour toilet installation this past Sunday. I went to Home Depot 3x's before 2pm.
A normal toilet installation takes about 20 minutes. This one looks pretty sweet, but I'm just not convinced it was worth an extra +4.5 very frustrating hours of our time.
A normal toilet set on a wax ring and is held in place by 2 bolts threaded through a floor drain flange like this. It is very functional, easy to install, but you do see the bolts and the side of the toilet drain.
UGH. Drilling through tile takes a special drill bit AND Kohler's directions for the third hole are wrong. They say to drill a 3/16" pilot hole for a 5/16" retaining screw. You don't drill pilot holes in tile. You can't screw something larger than its hole in tile. Tile doesn't compress like wood. It cracks. Good thing we knew this and didn't crack our tile.
The missing/extra parts issues appear to be Kohler's error, not the place we bought it (because the box absolutely did not seem resealed). I think I've going to be sending them a not-so-nice email.
Right after we got it set, I peed in it for the first time.
And then Marc and I hugged.
I admit that is a little weird, but 5 hours??? Damn!
We headed to Target yesterday to get Franca a new potty seat. Thank goodness the Princess version was averted in favor of a Mickey Mouse. She had requested "The Grinch" or "Jack Black" (don't ask).
It is now 11:23am and the drywallers are supposed to be here today to tape, mud, sand & paint, so of course, I'm sure they will show up around 5:15pm or so....