Handyman

How do I replace a toilet liner?

Updated: 2013-04-04T17:24:57Z

Andy Alexander

Special to the Star

Our toilet has a foam insulated liner. I need to replace the liner or find a toilet similar to it. My house is 50 years old and has a crawl space, so it has to be insulated to prevent moisture sweating on the tank that drips on the tile. Can you help me?

You have a few options. If the toilet is new enough that they still produce that exact model, you can just replace the tank. But each liner is designed for that specific tank by the manufacturer and they are shipped as a complete unit, so replacement of the liner itself is unlikely.

If that model of toilet is not available anymore, you would need to replace the whole toilet. There are several manufacturers that produce insulated tanks, so it wouldn’t be an issue to find one. Your limitation is going to be on appearance.

Most manufacturers offer this option in only a few of their models. My suggestion would be to contact the manufacturers directly to find the toilet model you want. Local suppliers will usually know what’s common in the Kansas City area, but Kansas City isn’t the most humid place on earth. A supplier in Memphis probably has a greater supply of options available because this is a more prevalent problem there. Contacting the manufacturer directly would allow us to find out all of the models they produce with insulated liners.

Andy Alexander is owner of Andy’s Pipe Dream in Lenexa.

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