Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Networx: How to tighten a toilet - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

It’s uncomfortable, it’s embarrassing, and you’d really better fix it sooner rather than later. We’re talking about a loose, wobbly toilet. Fortunately, this is not a particularly difficult or expensive home improvement project to take care of. Whether it’s the base or the seat that is rocking and rolling, find out why and how to tighten a toilet.
WARNING: Before inspection or repairs, turn off the water supply valve and flush your toilet to drain water from the bowl.
Why you should tighten a loose toilet
Tightening a loose toilet isn’t rocket science; it’s a fairly simple fix, but whether you do it yourself or hire someone to take care of the problem, the important letters here are not DIY, but rather ASAP. Why? While a wobbly toilet is not dangerous to life and limb, it’s a warning sign that unless you take action, your toilet is likely to start leaking from the base in the near future. This type of leak is often difficult to spot, yet it can cause serious water damage to your bathroom floor — and eventually the subfloor as well (and possibly your downstairs neighbor’s unit, if you live in a condo building). As for a loose toilet seat? Well, that’s just plain uncomfortable for your family and guests.
How to tighten a toilet base
Check the mounting bolts. Pry off the two plastic bolt caps, located one on each side of your toilet base. (You may need a small screwdriver for this task.) See whether you can jiggle either of the bolts underneath with your fingers. If a bolt is loose, simply use a socket wrench to tighten the nut until you feel some resistance. (Beware of overtightening — you don’t want to crack the porcelain of the toilet itself.) A broken bolt, on the other hand, will have to be replaced, together with the wax seal between your toilet and the floor.
Check the condition of the flange. The mounting bolts attach your toilet to a flange (a sturdy ring of plastic or metal, which is bolted to the floor). Remove the bolts and check the flange. If it is metal and is just slightly cracked, you should be able to perform DIY repair with the help of an inexpensive semi-circular part called a super flange. When you position this piece on the cracked flange, you’ll give the mounting bolt a new hole to fit into. However, a plastic flange — or a metal one that is seriously broken or corroded — will need to be replaced. Remove the bolts and the damaged flange, and position the replacement flange flush with the floor. Reinsert the bolts and tighten each one, a small amount at a time, so that the new flange sits evenly.
Check the level of the toilet. Your rocking toilet may be due to uneven flooring or incorrect installation. The base of the toilet should be flush with the floor; if it’s not, try correcting the problem with rubber or silicone shims. For a more drastic situation, remove the toilet and reinstall it. (REMINDER: Turn the water supply off first.) Replace the wax seal if it is damaged and caulk with silicone. If the toilet is old and in bad shape, you might want to take this opportunity to find a plumber to replace it altogether.
How to tighten a toilet seat
While a wobbly seat is less problematic than an entire toilet that rocks, it’s still enough to give your family and guests a somewhat insecure feeling. For this, the DIY fix couldn’t be much simpler. Just tighten the bolts that attach the seat to the toilet by turning them clockwise — you probably won’t need any tools besides your fingers, but if necessary, use pliers to hang onto the nut while you turn the bolt with a screwdriver.
If you frequently suffer from the wobbly toilet seat blues, home improvement and hardware stores sell inexpensive, easy-to-use seat tightening kits.
by Laura Firszt

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Toilet impresario has gleaned tales from the tank - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

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This Old Toilet
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Los Altos resident Gary Tjader, above, matches vintage toilet tanks with homeowners in need of a fix through his business, This Old Toilet.
Los Altos resident Gary Tjader has presided over a nationwide empire of obscure toilet parts, but you’ll only know of him if the worst has happened: that cracking shatter of porcelain hitting tile as a bathroom fixture meets its end.
His home base in Loyola Corners, a 1940s home converted into office space by a previous occupant, houses row upon row of tank lids organized by brand, model and color in a rainbow backyard array. Take a tour of the Kohlers, American Standards and Eljers and you’ll see the iconic Ming green of the 1960s blend into the spruce green and sunflower of the 1970s. His oldest lid dates back to 1915.
“I’ve been in plumbing material supply all my life,” Tjader said, noting a family enterprise stretching back to 1933, when his grandfather operated a business in San Francisco.
His grandfather’s wholesale plumbing supply persisted for decades, with Tjader’s father and then Tjader himself among its employees.
After the family sold the business, Tjader went to work as a manufacturer’s representative for kitchen, bath and plumbing products. He provided the interface among manufacturers, wholesalers and showrooms. But he also started a sideline in selling individual, hard-to-find parts at starting in 2003. He continued to work as a rep but because “the toilet business was growing” – a sentence one doesn’t often get to write – he stopped repping in 2011 and turned to vintage parts full time.
His business, This Old Toilet, begin as just a Web URL and a handful of pieces of porcelain.
“The internet was emerging, with bulletin boards where consumers posted questions and professionals posted answers,” Tjader said.
The forums ended up serving as an indirect way to solicit business, because he saw many queries for tank lids. He emailed one poster to ask which brand she was seeking, learned it was a brand he used to rep and realized that he knew a former customer with a few stray pieces still unsold. When the poster said she’d pay $100 for the lid, he tracked down that stray piece – which had since been sent to a salvage yard in San Jose – and the business was born.
Tjader began by picking through the heaps local plumbers would stack in their backyards. But sifting through disorganized piles proved inefficient. He began buying up pieces he knew would be popular, building an inventory of 2,000 lids at his peak. He estimates that now, when he’s less interested in scavenging and hauling, his stock rests at approximately 1,500.


The it’s-trash-’til-you-need-it paradox of vintage parts became clear as he had to triage pieces that might sell for $150, or get thrown out, depending on the serendipity of the right buyer calling at the right time. Rejected spares don’t actually get trashed, but rather dispatched for concrete demolition, repurposed as a base rock product.
“What really sells is toilets in the 15- to 25-year age range, when they are still in service but have aged. As inside parts begin to leak, people are going inside to fiddle and fix. To do that, you have to take the tank lid off – and there’s an error rate,” Tjader said, alluding to the lid catastrophes cataloged on his site.
He’s collected a long list of funny stories about how toilet tank lids get broken. Contractors burst through skylights and break their fall on a toilet. A set of 5-year-old triplets pleads the fifth and never reveals what exactly transpired in the bathroom.
“If you have a 5-year-old living with you, show them what’s inside the toilet tank before they try to look on their own,” he advises in the “Toilet Trivia, Tips & Myths” section of his website.
His sideline in toilet tank lids began with a few strays he picked up speculatively in advance of receiving an order, but grew into a supply of lids, tanks and toilet seats at his office and in a Mountain View storage space.
A behind-the-scenes web of toilet entrepreneurs moves the aging parts around the country as friendly rivals, passing along customer requests or parts outside of their chosen purview. Tjader’s typical sale averages approximately $130, including $25 or so in shipping.
He’s received some national fame as a source for desperate New Yorkers, who face notoriously peculiar plumbing setups, where if a toilet can’t be repaired, replacement leads to thousands of dollars in remodeling costs.
“I get jokes about my website, that it looks like it was built in 1997. Well, it was,” he said of the old-school long scroll through hyperlinked text that makes up This Old Toilet’s web presence.
Before the days of carefully calibrated search engine optimization, his URL alone was enough to appear on the front page of search engines “back in the day.” Today, he gets business through referrals from manufacturers who know he might help a customer they can’t. All he needs to know is brand, model and color – but that last element proves an area of great scientific and practical curiosity. It would have been ideal if manufacturers embedded some form of color reference on their hardware, but they didn’t.


“People think they can describe it to me and we’re going to figure it out – ‘It’s green, but it’s got a little gray in it,’” Tjader said ruefully, likening it to other nuanced sensory distinctions. “Describe to me the difference in taste between an orange and tangerine.”
He uses swatches of paint chips, historical records of what colors manufacturers used in what years and guesswork to match colors over the phone and email. In the 1920s, a major manufacturer like Kohler offered only a handful of colors, many themed on the old standby of ivory porcelain. Throughout the 20th century, new colors joined the list, with allusive names like “Peachblow,” “Suez tan” and those mid-century classics, harvest gold and avocado.
“In the ’70s, everybody got infatuated with dark colors. Espresso was all the rage. But dark shows everything,” Tjader said of the impracticalities of maintaining a chocolate color scheme in a world of white cleaning products, soaps, toothpastes, dust and nicks.
Colors come, go, and return renamed as you scroll through the historical listings. The subtle differences between “biscuit” and “almond” have provided “tremendous confusion,” Tjader said, particularly because both have overlapping dates and product lines.
“It’s kind of like being a detective, which is fun,” he said.
In his chronicle of “stories from experienced customers,” he related the surge in springtime purchases when college students move out and have to replace what they’ve destroyed, and homeowners crack their lids in the midst of a cleaning frenzy.
In 2007, he got a call from a homicide detective seeking assistance in an investigation – a toilet tank lid was, in fact, the murder weapon.
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by Eliza Ridgeway

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - This Md. man made a snowplow using a toilet - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

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A Montgomery County business owner is ready for the snow, with a plow unlike any you’ve ever seen.

It’s made with a toilet.

David Goldberg is looking forward to the snowflakes after turning a snow blower, motor and toilet into a snowplow. He calls it Loo-cy. Goldberg created it a few years ago after he said shoveling got too tedious

He gets a lot of looks, but said the porcelain plow does a great job. He plans to use it outside his business Tuesday in Bethesda.

“It has done well except that last quarter inch in last year's blizzard, for six inches it works wonderfully,” Goldberg said.

He added a salter this year and next year his snowplow throne will have a heated seat.


by Janice Park

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Gold Bars Worth Rs. 1.22 Crore Seized From Aircraft Toilet In Mangaluru - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

The gold bars weighing one kg each were recovered from the toilet of a Jet Airways flight that arrived here at 7.55 AM yesterday.

Gold Bars Worth Rs 1.22 Crore Seized From Aircraft Toilet In Mangaluru

Four gold bars worth Rs. 1.22 crore were recovered from the toilet of an aircraft that arrived from Dubai, Customs sources said today.

The gold bars weighing one kg each were recovered from the toilet of a Jet Airways flight that arrived here at 7.55 AM yesterday.

The gold bars were stashed in the toilet and left there to be picked up by a local mule during its domestic run to Mumbai, the sources said.

Officials also seized two gold biscuits worth Rs. 7 lakh from a passenger who came by the same flight during passenger profiling, they said.

Customs officials spotted the man moving in a suspicious manner and intercepted him.

Following a search, they found two gold biscuits weighting 227 gms concealed in his rectum and the same was seized.

Investigation is on to trace the person who left the gold bars in the toilet of the aircraft, they said.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Average desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat, new research reveals- This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

The average desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat, new research has revealed.
Visualisations have been released showing how a host of nasties are harbouring on desk spaces across the country.
The research revealed that more than two thirds of office workers are at risk of sickness due to dirty desks.
Failing to clean regularly with antibacterial wipes can encourage dangerous bugs to breed, such as Helicobacter pylori, Staphylococcus aureus, E-coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, to name a few.
The average desktop harbours 20,961 germs per square inch and that’s in addition to 3,295 on the keyboard and 1,676 on a mouse and a staggering 25,127 on the phone.
Work kitchens were no better, as 2,483 germs per square inch were found on the handle of the kitchen kettle in a shared office compared to just 49 found on a toilet seat.
Even the tap – despite being surrounded by water - conceals 1,331 germs per square inch.
To highlight these, have created new visualisations of bacteria at work. Their survey of 1,000 office staff, also unveiled that only a third follow suggested guidelines about cleaning up their workplace, while one in 10 never clean their desks. 
People in sales and marketing were dubbed the worst for cleanliness with over a fifth admitting that they only clean their desk once a month.
Employees in the South West had the dirtiest desks with over 13 per cent admitting that they never disinfect their workstation.
 “It’s pretty shocking that there are more germs on your desk than on a toilet seat," said Catherine Bannan, HR manager for “But hopefully our visualisation will show people why it is so important to clean regularly so as to avoid getting ill and spreading infections unnecessarily amongst your colleagues.”
by Jack Peat

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - NASA's New Spacesuit Has a Built-In Toilet - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

NASA's New Spacesuit Has a Built-In Toilet
Crews inside a mockup of the Orion spacecraft test hand controller and cursor devices. As NASA prepares its next human spaceflight system, it is investing in a spacesuit that astronauts could live in for up to six days.
Credit: NASA

NASA engineers are working on a new spacesuit that includes a long-term waste-disposal system — effectively, a built-in toilet. Such a system hasn't been a part of NASA spacesuits since the Apollo era, and the new waste-disposal system will likely have a lot in common with those used in the 1970s.
The new suits, called the Orion Crew Survival Systems Suits (OCSSS), will be worn by astronauts on NASA's next-generation human spacecraft, Orion, which will be able to carry humans well beyond low Earth orbit. While the vehicle isn't big enough to support a nine-month trip to Mars, Orion could carry humans around the moon and back. 
Like the space shuttle before it, Orion will be equipped with a toilet, but NASA is making contingency plans in case of emergencies, including the possibility that the Orion capsule depressurizes and the astronauts have to remain in their suits to survive. In fact, the agency wants astronauts to be able to survive in their suits for up to six days — meaning the men and women would have to be able to do things like eat, urinate and defecate without taking them off. [How to Use the Bathroom in Space]
"That is a really long time," Kirstyn Johnson, a NASA engineer who is leading the design of the internal systems for the Orion launch and landing suit, told It's a long time to be in such a small space under the best of conditions, "but then to live in a suit with all of your waste right by you for that long of a time, it could get gnarly pretty quickly."
Johnson and her team have to try and avoid potentially gnarly outcomes, and keep astronauts safe on humanity's return to the moon.[The Evolution of the Spacesuit in Photos]
 An Apollo-era urine collection and transfer assembly worn over the liquid cooling garment.
An Apollo-era urine collection and transfer assembly worn over the liquid cooling garment.
Credit: NASA
Since the start of the space shuttle era, spacesuits haven't been required to provide long-term bathroom solutions. There are two main types of suits worn by astronauts today: flight suits for launch and entry; and the giant, puffy white space suits (extravehicular mobility unit) used in extravehicular activities (EVAs, or spacewalks). Both those suits come equipped with what are called maximum absorbency garments (MAG's) — which are effectively diapers — because astronauts have no reason to remain in the suits for more than about 10 hours at a time (often much less). Once out of the spacesuit, astronauts use the onboard toilets. [Spacesuit Chic: Cosmic Fashion Evolution Explained (Infographic)]
A big advantage of the diapers is that they're simple to put on and take off, Johnson said.
"[The MAG] may not work 100 percent of the time — you might have leakage — but it gets the job done without us having to put too much effort into it up front in terms of design and certifying it," Johnson said.  
The MAG system might sound unpleasant, but consider that there were no toilets on any of the spacecraft that carried humans to the moon. For urine collection, the all-male crewmembers wore condom catheters that fit over the penis like a condom, with a tube at the end to collect the liquid, which was pulled into a bag attached to the outside of the suit. The astronauts also had an external urine-collection system that was essentially the same as the one built into the suit. The Apollo astronauts defecated into fecal collection bags that were part of their flight suit. This system was so prone to failure that the crewmembers were specifically placed on a high-protein diet to reduce the amount of waste they produced. The astronauts were also responsible for sealing and disposing of the filled bags. The longest Apollo mission was 12 days.
An Apollo urine transfer system (UTS) with roll-on cuff for an in-suit urine disposal system.
An Apollo urine transfer system (UTS) with roll-on cuff for an in-suit urine disposal system.
Credit: NASA
In late 2016, NASA announced the "Space Poop Challenge," an open call for designs for a better waste-disposal system for spacesuits. (Despite the title, Johnson said the call was for both urine- and fecal-management systems.) 
While the competition did reveal new designs, they would all require additional development to figure out how to integrate them into a suit, Johnson said. There was "nothing we could use fairly quickly in the Orion program." 
So for now, "we're kind of gravitating back to what astronauts used during Apollo," Johnson said of the Orion spacesuit system. 
The suits will include a fecal bag that is very similar to those used in the Apollo suits, and, for men, they will also use condom catheters, which remain the simplest, most straightforward approach, Johnson said. [Why Space Travel Can Be Absolutely Disgusting]
But one glaring problem that Apollo and subsequent human space missions never solved was how to make an in-suit, urine-collection systems for women. By the time NASA welcomed its first class of women astronauts in 1978, the space shuttle program was only a few years away from its first launch, so the female astronauts used the diaper system and onboard toilet. (In 1981, NASA engineers filed a patent for a urine-collection device for women that included a vaginal insert to keep urine out; it was never utilized in operational space suits, however.)
Engineers and technicians at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston test the spacesuit astronauts will wear in the agency’s Orion spacecraft on trips to deep space. This image shows a Vacuum Pressure Integrated Suit Test, in which the suit is connected to life support systems and then air is removed from a thermal vacuum chamber to evaluate the performance of the suits in conditions similar to a spacecraft.
Engineers and technicians at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston test the spacesuit astronauts will wear in the agency’s Orion spacecraft on trips to deep space. This image shows a Vacuum Pressure Integrated Suit Test, in which the suit is connected to life support systems and then air is removed from a thermal vacuum chamber to evaluate the performance of the suits in conditions similar to a spacecraft.
Credit: NASA / Radislav Sinyak
In microgravity, liquids don't flow the way they do on Earth; they tend to glom together and "stick" to surfaces. So, for example, if someone cries in space, the tears will form bubbles that "stick" to the person's eyes or eyelashes, rather than float away. The toilet on the space station uses a vacuum system to pull fluids away from the body. It includes a personal attachment for each astronaut. 
"For females, it gets a little harder, obviously, because of the geometry of a person's body, and then you have to deal with issues like pubic hair," Johnson said of the in-suit system. Pubic hair poses a challenge because liquid tends to glom onto it in microgravity. Johnson said the main concern is liquid lingering in that area and causing a skin breakdown. Plus, the system also has to be secured in place (the condom catheter is essentially its own attachment mechanism), and pubic hair can also make it difficult to use a sticky attachment mechanism. Johnson and her colleagues also have to take into consideration things like how the waste-disposal system can operate while a woman is on her period. 
While it's possible that some of these problems could be avoided if female astronauts were to remove their pubic hair and go on birth control (which can reduce the occurrence of periods), Johnson said that's beyond what NASA would reasonably ask of its astronauts. 

"You want a design that any normal, functioning woman should be able to use without putting additional requirements on them," Johnson said. "So you have to design something that can basically encompass most of their public hair, while also protecting them from infections like [urinary tract infections] without fecal matter getting in the way. Stuff like that."
An external vacuum system could be part of the solution; the suit would have to have a vacuum system that was not large or power-intensive. So the suit needs something more practical. Ideally, the natural difference in pressure between the suit and the surrounding atmosphere could serve to pull material away from the astronaut, Johnson said, but a vacuum system could be more reliable. 
The female urine-disposal system isn't fully developed yet, and some aspects of it are proprietary, Johnson said, so she can't release all the details. But the general design is similar to the tube system used by female fighter pilots to relieve themselves during long flights, or members of the military who may not be able to stop a task to relieve themselves. The device essentially has to be the size of a sanitary napkin, to encompass an entire area. [Showering in Space: Astronaut Home Video Shows Off 'Hygiene Corner']
While this might seem like a uniquely space-based problem, Johnson said she was surprised to discover the number of technologies that exist on Earth for helping people relieve themselves without having to go to the toilet. Many of those technologies are aimed at people who are physically incontinent, but there are other uses for these devices as well, particularly for women. 
"You start looking at the camping industry, and you start seeing a lot of these portable urination devices that you can carry around with you so you don't have to squat in the middle of the forest. [There are] these paper bags that you can take to a concert and women pull out of their purse so they don't have to sit on a disgusting toilet," Johnson said. "It was almost a revelation for me as a female to see all these products — like, who knew these existed? And it's kind of taboo to talk about but it's interesting, because it feeds into stuff like this that we're trying to do with spacesuits."
by Calla Cofield