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Expert advice on toilets, with toilet and bidet buying guides, step-by-step DIY installation and repair tips, and toilet plumbing diagrams.

Does your toilet need repair or is it time to replace it? Although a toilet is not the most glamorous fixture in a house, it certainly is one of the most important and regularly used plumbing fixtures. All it takes is a day or two without a working toilet to fully appreciate the brilliance of this simple device.

And brilliant it is. Invented by Thomas Crapper in the 19th century, the toilet is a relatively simple but ingenious contraption that operates as an interface between a home’s water supply and waste system to cleanly and safely eliminate waste. You can see this brilliance in action in How a Toilet Works & Toilet Plumbing Diagrams.

Though a toilet may be somewhat underappreciated, it can gain attention in a hurry when it stops working. With this in mind, it pays to have your toilet operate efficiently and trouble-free month after month and year after year.

This section of HomeTips is flush with information about toilets. You will find unbiased guides for buying a new toilet, do-it-yourself steps for how to install a toilet, and information that will help you troubleshoot, repair, and keep your toilet operating properly.


• Buying Toilets & Bidets

• How a Toilet Works & Toilet Plumbing Diagrams

• Toilet Problems & Repairs

• How to Install a Toilet

About Don Vandervort
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Don Vandervort developed his expertise more than 30 years ago as Building Editor for both Sunset Books and Home Magazine. He has written more than 30 home improvement books and countless magazine articles. He appeared regularly on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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