Install a mascerating toilet
Better basement bathrooms have a mascerating toilet that doesn't route the flush water through a drain in the floor. An installer will charge $1,500 for a simple mascerating toilet system suitable for basements. You can buy all the components and do it yourself for $850. Full story (Saniflo photo / December 24, 2012)
Saniflo, a manufacturer of mascerating toilet systems, sells its products through a network of dealers and plumbing wholesalers, and at hardware stores. You can find a dealer at the company's website, http://www.saniflo.com. The site offers installation manuals in PDF format so you can download and read them before making the installation, a good way to get an idea of what's involved when installing a system. You'll also find an extensive bulletin board with postings and questions from do-it-yourselfers with responses from the technical department. And don't forget to check with your local building code to see about any requirements.
An installer will charge $1,500 for a simple system. You can buy all the components and do it yourself for $850 and save 43 percent.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$1,500 -- $850 -- 10.0 -- 18.0 -- $650 -- 43 Percent