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Geri Sullivan: Girl Homeowner

Replaced the upstairs toilet seat last night. The plastic hinges had broken, separating the lid from the seat. Turns out the plastic had grown brittle with age.

It got me thinking about how many toilet seats I've replaced in my life. None before first becoming a homeowner in 1980; none before moving into Toad Hall in 1983, as far as I can remember. Once for sure, probably twice during my 20 years there. I know I changed the toilet seat on the first floor here at Toad Woods a few or several years ago. I think I might have changed the upstairs seat at the same time, but that's a hazy possibility at most. This is the first time I remember replacement being due to broken hinges, certainly broken hinges where the lid comes off. Usually the seat itself gets scratched, paint chips, or the surface degrades such that it no longer seems or looks sanitary.

So four, maybe five, maybe even six seats in all. Not all that many given the 35 years we're talking about. If only all homeownership tasks were as trivial and infrequent.


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Apr. 21st, 2015 05:54 am (UTC)
Four to six actually sounds like quite a lot. I think my total in 27 years of home ownership is one, plus a couple of toilets replaced in their entirety as part of a bathroom replacement.
Apr. 21st, 2015 10:05 am (UTC)
In fifteen years, I have replaced four toilet seats; twice for two bathrooms. I've found that the finish wears off in spots after seven or so years making them more difficult to clean. That's what indicator I use to decide when to replace them.
Apr. 21st, 2015 04:34 pm (UTC)
I miss the old metal bolts. I understand that they tended to rust to a point of being impossible to remove, but you didn't end up with a toilet seat that made you feel like you were the starring cowboy at a rodeo!
Apr. 22nd, 2015 05:11 am (UTC)
I think I've only changed one toilet seat in my life. When I bought this house in 2003, the toilet seat in the main bathroom was one of those soft-seat squishy types. It eventually developed a tear or two and needed to be replaced. My bathroom utilities are in 1950s blue, so I was a little nervous about finding something that matched, but apparently it's common enough that Home Depot had one -- non-squishy this time.

I remember nothing about doing the actual installation, which either means it was painless or that Greg Cotton did it for me.

On the other hand, I lost count of the number of toilet flappers I replaced in the days when I had the toilet from an alternate universe. (It must have been from an alternate universe; that's the only possible explanation for the fact that no flapper in this world fitted properly.)
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