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Old 08-21-2013, 01:31 PM   #1671
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....I have 4 top of the line Toto toilets in my house, that are not "old"... They are low flow, comfort height and have skirted bases.

Yes, love those Totos. I also have 4 of them, but only 3 that are comfort height and one regular one. I wish I had all of them comfort height. Much more comfortabloe, no pan intended.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:00 PM   #1672
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We build our first house, in Ohio, in 1977. I remember the old trick of putting a brick or a 1/2 gallon bottle of water in the tank to reduce the amount of water stored there. We built House #2, also in OH, in 1990, and I'm pretty sure it did have the low-flow toilets even though they were not the law yet. The Loo Law was enacted in 1992, went into effect in 1994. Then again, some days my memory is down the drain. We built our MA house in 2000. 2 1/2 bathrooms, 3 thrones. Two of the three work perfectly fine, one has problems on occasion. It's probably either poor glazing in the trap or a bit of porcelain debris that was stuck under the glaze, creating a sticking point. Also, we remodeled my parents' bathroom in 2003 or '04, having last been done in the 1960s. It had an old, huge-tanked toilet. Probably 5 or 7 gallons. Put a new HE model in and it worked just as good as the old one.

I flushed out a few facts about the low-flow toilets. If you want a little reading for the "library" you can find it here:
The Lowdown on Low-Flow Toilets : Rooms : Home & Garden Television
Best Options for High-Efficiency Toilets
American Standard Press: 10 Years After Low-Flow Toilet Regulations Went Into Effect, Plumbing Innovations Make Major Inroads in Efficiency, Flushability
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:08 PM   #1673
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Toto toilets and urinals are made in Japan. Imagine when the rock group Toto visited Japan on a concert tour during the 80's. Walking up to the urinals to take care of business, they saw their names prominently etched in front of their eyes.....LOL...
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:01 PM   #1674
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Early low flows did do a poor job of flushing. We have one on the low flows and it works as well or better than the one it replaced. I wouldn't hesitate to replace our second one with a low flow. Also, it's 2" higher.
So true Andy. My landlord couldn't wait to put a new toilet in. The only difference in the old and the new was that the tank was smaller. It took two, sometimes three flushes to get rid of solids. Needless to say, with three apartments in the building, his water bill almost doubled due to the two to three flushes each time. I got to the point of frustration that I kept a full bucket of water in the bathroom and would pour it in the bowl if there was solid waste. A year after I moved out, he replaced all the toilets again with the new designed ones. A very expensive lesson about greed there.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:37 PM   #1675
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I am kicking myself. I never remember to plug in my scooter. I got dressed and went to get on my scooter. There was barely enough charge in the battery to just get to my door. By the time it is fully charged it will be dark and that trip to the store will have to wait until tomorrow. I used to go out at night, but the older I get the less nerve I have. If I were twenty, I would never give darkness a second thought. I would be out that door in a flash.
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I decided that I could cut off the extra part of the flapper I bought yesterday. It worked fine. My toilet fills its tank again. Yay!
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:22 AM   #1677
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Early low flows did do a poor job of flushing. We have one on the low flows and it works as well or better than the one it replaced. I wouldn't hesitate to replace our second one with a low flow. Also, it's 2" higher.
What kind of toilet was the one replaced?

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Old 08-22-2013, 12:23 AM   #1678
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I thought this was Petty Vents, not Potty Vents...
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:28 AM   #1679
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I thought this was Petty Vents, not Potty Vents...
THIS is the post you should be running and ducking on!

BTW PF, how goes the fires? Anything getting contained? You getting a break from the smoke inhalation? Hope things settle down soon.
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BTW PF, how goes the fires? Anything getting contained? You getting a break from the smoke inhalation? Hope things settle down soon.
0% contained, over 8,000 acres involved. The smoke is really starting to bother me, but we have masks and oxygen if we need it. Just got off the phone with Shrek, he can't drive up since the roads are closed to "looky-loos". I have to be up early, so I'm off to my tent. Someone suggested french toast in the morning and someone else ordered the ingredients...
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