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I've rebuilt heads. Usually the rebuld kits are available at a good discount, well less than half the price of a new head and of course much cheaper to have shipped.
I treated it like a hazmat operation: Dose the bowl with bleach, flush, let sit. Make sure everything needed will be at hand, and have a "clean hands" helper available who only passes things--doesn't touch anything from the toilet.
Rubber gloves, paper towels, a generous garbage bag for the used paper towels, a bucke tof bleach water to soak/clean things in.
Really no big deal. Throw your work clothes in the laundry afterwards. Every mother who has to clean up after a child that hasn't been potty trained is going to be doing the same thing--minus the gloves and bleach.
And if you've ever replaced a thermostat in a car or boat, you've already done a fairly similar job, you're just placing parts in a pipe.
Then again, if you want to use this as an excuse to upgrade to a bigger better more robust head, that's something esle again.