Q. Since you're a famous plumber, it would be special if I could get you to help solve my toilet confusion. I recently went to purchase a new toilet to replace my old one. But I found so many toilet bowl styles that I was not sure what I needed. Can you please help me with basic toilet bowl choices? This way I can buy my new toilet with confidence.
A. Your existing toilet can act as a template to help narrow down your choices. So, here are five basic tips to help you create a checklist to follow when buying a new toilet to closely match your present toilet.
1. Color choice. Using up-to-date color samples, match up your existing toilet with the closest color available.
2. One- or two-piece toilet: If your toilet tank is a separate component and bolted to your bowl, that is a two-piece toilet. A one-piece toilet is manufactured as one complete plumbing fixture.
3. Standard or comfort height: If you would like toilet bowl that's a little higher, order "comfort height."
4. Round or elongated bowl: Looking down, round bowls are shaped like a circle, while elongated bowls are more egg shaped.
5. Bring a photo of your old toilet: A nice "head shot" can help sales associates answer these questions.
• Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of "Ed Del Grande's House Call" and hosts TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
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