What? No Tools?
When the folks at American Standard first told me they had a toilet that installed without tools, I reacted with a bit of doubt. After all, the idea of making this kind of installation without pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers and a hacksaw seemed a bit incredible.
However, after my initial bout of skepticism, I decided to find out for myself if a tool-free toilet installation was possible.
The fact is, I’ve had a longstanding interest in how home improvement manufacturers design their products to be easier to install and use. The way I see it, the simpler and easier things are, the more probable it is that do-it-yourselfers like you and me will have satisfying results.
Let's Verify with Video
It had been a while since I last videotaped a toilet installation so, I decided to record my experience and share it with anyone who might want to see what’s involved in this popular bathroom upgrade.
Now … back to the “no tools required” claim. Not surprisingly, removing the existing toilet did require some tools. However, the only implement required for putting in the new unit was a CD player loaded with a handful of James Taylor discs. And, that, of course, was optional.
Simplicity is a Beautiful Thing
From the self-positioning mountings bolts to the oversized wing nuts made for hand tightening and the specially designed zip bolts for mounting the toilet seat, this is clearly a product that was created with ease of installation foremost in mind.
There are any number of reasons to upgrade a toilet – appearance, efficiency and comfort, just to name a few. Now, there’s at least one more: simple, quick, tool-free installation.
If you find yourself still doubting, take a look at the video.