I gasped and thought, I should have known. While cleaning house for the staff luncheon, I’d noticed a small crack in the oak ring. But I never thought it would actually give way under one of my guests. “I’m so sorry,” I told him. “You don’t owe me anything. I’ll just pick up a new one tomorrow at the home-improvement store down the road.”
But as I unscrewed the bolts that attached it to the porcelain toilet, I did what comes naturally to a Savage Sister. I wondered what else I could use the ring and lid for prior to throwing them in the trash. A gauche picture frame? Firewood? Hey, wait a minute! Wood is very glueable. Why didn’t I just try fixing the silly thing?
I found my handy dandy wood glue, squeezed some into the split area, and tightened it all down with two clamps. The next day, I replaced the good-as-new toilet seat in the bathroom. I figure I saved anywhere from $20 to $75 in exchange for a few minutes of time and a little bit of labor. Not only that but I also saved the gasoline it would have taken to drive to the store, and I postponed the seat’s trip to the landfill. A win-win situation all around.
HOARDER ALERT! We definitely don’t recommend saving up old, broken toilet seats until you can find a use for them. However you might want to remove the brass hardware and think about any uses you can find for those pieces. I’ve used the oddly shaped fittings in a number of creative ways, including as a latch for a full-length mirror that was mounted on a bathroom door by means of a piano hinge.
Written by Fiercely Frugal Savage Sister Diana
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