Bus Demolition Day 5: Things Get Stinky – Toilet and Tank Removal

We were dreading this day, but the time had come to take out the toilet.  

The restroom floor, toilet seat and wall were just one long piece of stainless steel.  The room basically had to come out in one piece, which took pure brute force. Don pulled, shoved and kicked it out. With his final kick it gave in and as it gave he fell, catching himself on one hand unfortunately spraining his wrist. 

The toilet’s chemical tank was equally difficult to take out, held in by metal bands that are bolted to the frame, but then it’s covered in fiberglass so it’s impossible to get to the bolts to take them out. So more brute force was required to break through the fiberglass. We had emptied the tank and flushed it through with water and cleaner before driving cross country, but it was still a 20+ year old toilet and it was a stinky job.

We started pulling out a little bit of the flooring around the toilet to see what was underneath there.  We were sad to see the stud beams were rusted. There must have been a leak in the bathroom at some point.  We are hoping this is isolated to the bathroom area and that we won’t find more rust as we take out the rest of the flooring.


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We take out the fiberglass wall panels and air conditioning vents.

By Mela & Don

Mela and Don are sharing their journey as they make conscious decisions to live a more healthy, environmentally friendly life together.

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