Lessons of the Toilet Bowl
Bagel turned 5 today, but his party had to be cancelled because he was sick. I was disappointed to not be able to use all the preparations I'd done for the party, but there was an upside: I now had a whole day with which to work on the toilet.
The kids' bathroom stunk. The wax ring needed to be replaced. Now I've replaced a wax ring before, so I knew how to do it. What I didn't know was that they really, really mean those warnings about not tightening down the bolts too tight lest you crack the porcelain on the toilet base. I honestly had no idea that porcelain was that fragile, or that weak little me (famous for my weak-wristed not-tightening-enough) was capable of tightening down a bolt so that it would break the substrate. But there you go, I busted my toilet while fixing it.
FH The Bargain King found a clearance toilet base that was the right brand and the exact same footprint as our old one, so he brought it home and saved my bacon. Then I got it put in and this time I did not tighten the bolts too much. And so now the toilet in the kids' bathroom doesn't stink any more. The bathroom still stinks a bit because (1) we have