The Big Toilet Decision


prodcar7a.jpgI probably should have started writing about this six months ago, but then, I haven't written much about anything in that period so we'll just skip that part by giving a quick synopsis and getting down to business.

Last January we decided to look into selling our condo in Vermont and building a house over the border in Saratoga Springs, New York. Within 2 weeks we had a buyer and found a builder. There has been much waiting around until recently but now it's all beginning to hit the fan.

We close on our condo July 1 and have rented a townhouse in Rensselaer (yes, that is spelled correctly - didn't study your Dutch too well in high school, did you?) to live in until the new place is complete. In order to give us some wiggle room, we get the townhouse June 1. That means that we are currently dismantling the VT place while starting the SS place while moving into the R place. Things are getting hectic.

We are in the "selection" phase of construction - select all the plumbing fixtures by May 15, select all the appliances by May 31, select all the flooring by June 15...

Which bring us to toilets. We need to choose three. But who knew there are 12,356 different toilets to choose from? Are we ready for "comfort height" (read - ADA / AARP compliant)? elongated or round bowl? single or dual flush (literal number one and number two)? non-slam seats and lids? antique porcelain? siphon or gravity? Between comfort height and dual flush I can't decide if I'm aging or regressing.

Now comfort height has it's appeal. A slightly shorter trip when squatting down and a slightly shorter trip on the way up. Think of the energy savings. I might even be able to swing my legs while I read. It bears consideration.

But dual flush REALLY appeals to the geek in me. The undisputed world champion of dual flush is Caroma. This Australian company has been making dual flush for quite a while as it is required down under. Push one button for liquid and the other for solid. It's supposed to save scads of water a year which is good when you have a well (as we will). It also has a REALLY WIDE TRAP - just the ticket for those times when a herculean effort is required to get rid of last night's chimichanga(s).

With such a short window of time in which to make a decision one must be decisive. We have boxes piled up all over the house, art work stacked like a Louvre yard sale, and the cats are starting to puke sponteously - this is no time to waffle.

So Caroma it is for the "high traffic" bathrooms. We'll go with a mundane crapper for the guest bathroom.

There, I feel better already...

I wonder if you can get little #1 and #2 labels for the buttons?


We've been looking at getting a Caroma when we get to the upstairs bathroom renovation (maybe this year???). We have early and very crappy low-flow toilets that have been a source of frustration and drywall repair to the ceiling below. I'll be interested to hear how you like it.

As for labels, you could get very creative there...

Yeah, maybe you could find some old Soviet or German labels on EBay, and play U-Boat Commander. Yah, torpedo tube ein loaded, Kapitän.

Well, these are important life quality decisions.
That being said, enough of this crap.
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to yooooou!!
Live long and prosper.
Love you!

I like the U-Boat theme! Perhaps a periscope that peeks out the bathroom window! A little captain's cap that I could swivvle backward when it decended from the ceiling!

This is ironic.

Just today I was in Lowe's Home Improvement Center, and I noticed that they have toilets priced from $45 up to $1299. The ironic part is that the $45 toilet works better than the $1299 one, but lacks the "low water consumption, silent flush, and heated seat." But it does a much better job of flushing the crap.

Fortunately, we have some woods between our home and the golf course... so if a toilet breaks down....


just avoid the poison ivy...

if you didn't already decide, i would recommend the flushmate.


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