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Old December 27th, 2007, 06:41 PM   #21
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You will be happy with an elongated Kohler with a 3" flush valve. You do not need a high volume Canadian toilet. The early 1.6 gallon toilets flushed horribly and they have had a bad reputation since.

I would not recommend the "toilet in a box" from Home Depot. They have very inconsistent castings and generally don't work well. I have put in probably 1000 or more toilets over the years and have seen some weird shit.

The power assisted toilets are nice, but not really necessary.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 06:52 PM   #22
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I bought two of these for my bathrooms this past spring http://www.briggsplumbing.com/index....B7165E6E4E4F7D

It has never needed a double flush.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 07:01 PM   #23
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we bought 3 toilets 2 years ago. for the price, the "comfort height" oval models are great but are likely not too child friendly as they are about 1.5 inches taller than the el cheapo. also, Kohler makes a "slow down" toilet seat. you start to put it down and it will then slowly lower itself to the down position. no more slamming noises in the middle of the night. my wife loves it.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 07:47 PM   #24
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I don't like the El Cheapo toilets, but i think you can pay way too much. I have installed about a dozen or so in the houses I have owned and I usually buy the next grade up from the cheapo. Works good for me. Also, get the good wax ring with the horn on it...

When its all said and done, the $150 toilet shits the same as the $1000 dollar one... True comfort is in the seat.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 08:05 PM   #25
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The power assisted toilets are nice, but not really necessary.

But it's nice to flush and have it feel like your going to get sucked down also
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Old December 27th, 2007, 08:32 PM   #26
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i went to school at NMU, the dorm tolets could take a full roll of TP with paper wrapping on it. Or a beer bottle...when you flushed those you felt your hair move toward the seat.
Reading thru this tread had me thinking of NMU toilets...pretty scary to flush if you're still sitting on the thing.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 08:34 PM   #27
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if you dont have young kids around i reccomend getting one of the taller longer models (kinda like a commercial Unit) my aunt and uncle have one in their "guest apartment" and thats the cats ass comfiness when laying down a nice deposit !
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Old December 27th, 2007, 08:49 PM   #28
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Kohler makes a "slow down" toilet seat. you start to put it down and it will then slowly lower itself to the down position. no more slamming noises in the middle of the night. my wife loves it.

I don't think that the brand of ours is Kohler, but we (listen to me, "we" :tonka:) just put one of those in the master bath. Chris is so proud of it, he shows everyone (well, and along with the Grohe shower system with six body sprays and rainhead--I haven't seen him since he finished the bathroom....)


Anyway, PM sent; hope it helps you out.


I have never had a problem other than our 3 year old can stop up a toilet with the best of them. It's usually a barrette or a doll diaper, but if you want her to come stay with you for a while to "test" out your decision, just let me know
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Thanks all. Most replies are sorta in line with what I was thinking. Larger extended unit with the 3" valve but not necessary to spend the bucks on the air assist.

Yeah the Canadian ones would be nice but with our wonderful TSA at the borders now I would probably be in jail as a toilet terrorist.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 09:15 PM   #30
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If your half bath is primarily for guests or in-laws, I'd install one of these.



The guest will feel a sense of je ne sais quoi after each use.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 09:26 PM   #31
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With the purchase of our house we inherited an Eljer "Patriot"... the previous owner was like 6'8" so I'm sure that raw take down power was what he had in mind. You could flush a guinea pig with it.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 09:40 PM   #32
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Canada has all the good ones. they don't have water restrictions per flush like we do, they have 3 gallon tanks on them. Talk about power poop moving.
Hell yeah. Took me a long time to learn to split mine in half (or flush half way through) when I move to the US.

Lots of options. Look for the best flow outbound and comfort. You can always buy a Canadian float system later.
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Remember.........It's something that you use everyday.........That's how I purchase things.depends on the use..so if you use that bath more then another...then go for comfort.
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If your half bath is primarily for guests or in-laws, I'd install one of these.



The guest will feel a sense of je ne sais quoi after each use.
These are popular in Eastern Europe. I have a pic somewhere of one that was quite disgusting.:tonka:
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Old December 28th, 2007, 05:44 AM   #35
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If your half bath is primarily for guests or in-laws, I'd install one of these.



The guest will feel a sense of je ne sais quoi after each use.
dumb ????

But what exactly do you do with that? How does it work?
Sorry I'm not a worldly traveler
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dumb ????

But what exactly do you do with that? How does it work?
Sorry I'm not a worldly traveler
stand over it and squat !!!
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stand over it and squat !!!
Exactly!

Sorta cuts down on workers sleeping in the can.
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all new toilets suck imo. we remodeled our bathroom a year ago and we had an old 70's toilet that was badly chipped but was impossible to clog. this was a concern so we spent extra cash to get a "high performance" toilet will a "large capacity" flush. every time i take a shit I have to plunge it to get it down. doesn't matter if I do courtesy flush in the middle it just means I have to get up and plunge it. I wish I had my old toilet back. the same thing happened when we remodeled my buddies family bath.
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all new toilets suck imo. we remodeled our bathroom a year ago and we had an old 70's toilet that was badly chipped but was impossible to clog. this was a concern so we spent extra cash to get a "high performance" toilet will a "large capacity" flush. every time i take a shit I have to plunge it to get it down. doesn't matter if I do courtesy flush in the middle it just means I have to get up and plunge it. I wish I had my old toilet back. the same thing happened when we remodeled my buddies family bath.
Large capacity flush can only be a gallon in the US. Look in the back and see what's limiting the capacity. Either the fill or the stopper shutting early. It may be easy to adjust so it flows more water. Mine was a hunk of foam on the stopper chain that held the stopper open until about 1/3 of the water was gone from the tank. I moved it closer to the stopper on the chain and mine flows 3x more water. Make sure the tank fills as far as it can by adjusting the float level to almost the top of the overflow drain.

I mean hell, we modify our Jeeps, toilets should be easy..
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It's funny how Cornfed responded to this toilet post, he is the only one who has ever plugged my toilet!
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