Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Photos: Designer gets on a roll, creates toilet seat tissue holder- This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

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A British designer has created a new product that some might refer to as “toilet humor.”
People have long argued over which way round to put the toilet paper roll, but this product addresses the question of where one should place said roll.
Henry Franks of Oxford thinks that he has the answer. ‘Bog Standard’ is an oak toilet seat with the toilet roll holder on the front.
“This was part of a research project into how the mechanics of humor can be used to improve everyday objects,” says Franks.
“By placing the loo roll at the front, it becomes a clean handle for people to pick the seat up with and is arguably where you want the loo roll in the first place.
“Making people talk about an event by designing an experience using a humorous product hopefully brings awareness of how mundane or everyday products could be enhanced, and if nothing else hopefully brings a smile to the user.”
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - 5 SIGNS YOU NEED A NEW TOILET - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

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You rely on your toilet daily, but you probably don't think much about it until something goes wrong. Just like other major appliances in your home, your toilet will probably need to be replaced after years of use. How do you know when it’s time to install a new toilet?
There are cracks in your tank
If you frequently see a puddle of water around your toilet, this could be more than a simple leak: You could have cracks in your tank, and the toilet may need to be replaced. A plumber can help you determine if it’s an issue that can be repaired. If the toilet appears to be working properly - flushing well not clogged, not running - but there is water around the bottom of it, that could mean there are cracks in the bowl.
You have an old toilet
Regardless of whether your toilet is working properly, if you have had the same one for decades you should consider replacing it. Older toilets are likely to be less efficient than newer ones, which means they could be driving up your water bill. Advancements made in the past few years have resulted in toilets that use significantly less water. Current Federal law requires residential toilets (flush tank type) manufactured and sold in the U.S. after Jan. 1, 1994, to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush, and some newer toilets use even less. If your toilet has not been replaced since 1994, it may be time for a new one. When shopping for a more efficient model, you may want to consider one that offers dual-flush technology. This gives you the option of a partial flush for liquid waste and a full flush for solid waste, so you can use less water while still flushing every time.
You feel it wobble
A toilet that wobbles or rocks is not normal. If your toilet is unsteady, call a plumber right away to evaluate the problem. While it could be a simple matter of tightening some bolts, it could also mean that the floor underneath is damaged or rotting and you'll need to have it professionally repaired.
You've had to fix it often
If you've had to call a plumber several times in the past few years to have your toilet repaired, it may be time to purchase a new one. It will likely save you money in the long run.
You have a round bowl
While there's nothing drastically wrong with your round bowl, replacing it with an elongated model is worth considering. These types of bowls tend to be more comfortable than round ones because they allow for more seating room. An elongated bowl also stays cleaner and allows fewer odors to escape, according to Consumer Reports. Round bowls do have a slightly smaller footprint, but if you have room, consider making the switch.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Good2Go makes toilets easier to find — for those with smart phones - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

Ivor Bradley of the Creamery scans a bar code that opens the door to a restroom during a training session at Good2Go in S.F.
Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle

A new gatekeeper stands in front of the restrooms at the Whole Foods on Stanyan Street. Wearing a shirt with “Good2Go” embroidered on the chest, he offers a combination of advice and advertisement: If you want to use the toilet, he tells customers, request a receipt with a computer-generated code from the customer service desk or download his company’s app.

This is San Francisco, after all, where even pit stops are becoming mobile-enabled — and monetized. Does Good2Go make toilets easier to find, or does it further the digital divide? Perhaps both.
According to Fran Heller, CEO and founder of Good2Go, the inspiration for her San Francisco company came from her running group in Menlo Park, which often followed routes along unfamiliar streets. Google Maps couldn’t tell runners in need where to find a nearby toilet. Neither could Waze. Eureka! Economic opportunity presented itself.
“San Francisco really struggles, as does any busy urban area, with inadequate access to restrooms,” Heller said. “People don’t know where they can find a restroom, or if they think they can find one, you’ve got to negotiate access, and it’s fraught with problems.”
Four years after its founding, Good2Go has $7 million in seed funding, according to investment database Crunchbase, and restroom-door hardware installed in 11 San Francisco businesses, with a mobile toilet truck appearing at events in the fall. For now, the service is free, but later this year, it will switch to a pay-as-you-go proposition.
Jim Summers uses the Good2Go app during a training session at the company’s San Francisco headquarters.
Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle
Most of the early adopters are cafes: Several Peet’s locations, plus independents such as the Creamery in SoMa and Fifty/Fifty in the Inner Richmond. The Stanyan Street location is the first Whole Foods to convert to the technology.
To use Good2Go, a toilet-seeker approaches a participating business and opens the app, which prompts her to join the queue. When she’s up, a computerized QR code appears on the screen of her phone. (At the Whole Foods, a screen next to the door lets holders of paper receipts know who’s next.) She waves the code under a reader, and the door opens. (Science!) Another wave of the hand next to a sensor inside the restroom lets her out, at which time the app invites her to review her, uh, experience.
The company handles the door technology and requires participating merchants to install hands-free fixtures and diaper-changing tables. The promise to them, according to Heller, isn’t just new customers who may seek out a restroom and leave with a latte, but eventually, a share of the revenue when Good2Go starts charging.
You didn’t think that technical innovation was for free, did you? Sometime this fall, around the time when the company is placed in 20 locations, Good2Go plans to switch to a subscriber model: $2.99 for a day pass, $19.99 for one month, with further discounts for multiple months. Heller said her two target customers are tourists and office-less workers, such as Uber and Lyft drivers.
Whole Foods did not return The Chronicle’s queries, but any regular Stanyan Street Whole Foods shopper can tell you that tourists on Haight Street make up a significant part of the restroom line and homeless San Franciscans another. Sharing door codes and holding doors open for each other was common. Now, each one must wave a unique Good2Go code under the reader. (The app won’t prevent you from holding the door open for the next person in line, however.)

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by Jonathan Kauffman

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - New seating solutions for assistive toilet launches as manufacturer highlights home adaptation importance - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

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Following the unveiling of its new Asana range, Closomat has developed a range of seating solutions which reinforce the importance of toilet seating.
Highlighting that on average, a person goes use the toilet eight times a day on average, the company says using the lavatory is one of the four key daily activities inherent to everyday life.
Due to the toilet’s importance in daily living, changes to toileting is one of the most common home adaptations carried out according to Closomat, accounting for one quarter of all home adaptations.
Mark Sadler, Sales Director at Closomat, commented: “The right seat makes a big difference to your ability to use the toilet comfortably, effectively and safely.
“It is only when you are faced with any limitation you realise how potentially restricting a standard toilet seat can be for any manual access, or to accommodate certain physical considerations and limitations.”
Addressing size, gender and physical considerations, Closomat’s new seating options can be specified with the initial Closomat or changed retrospectively should the user’s needs change.
Minimising the need for care support, the seating solutions also enhance the toilet’s delivery of independence and dignity due to its integrated douching and drying, meaning users do not have to struggle, or rely on a carer, to wipe clean.
“A ‘horse shoe’, bariatric, contrasting or soft seat makes a world of difference to the user’s ability to ‘go’ with ease, safety and comfort- for however long they are sat,” Mark added.
“A little thought on the correct choice of seat can be the difference in an adaptation changing someone’s life for the better.”
Established almost 60 years ago, Closomat is a supplier of accessible toileting technology with an aim of helping people achieve dignified and effective cleanliness after toileting.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - The Air Force’s $10,000 toilet cover - This Old Toilet 800-658

A latrine cover for a C-5 Galaxy cargo plane used by the Air Force, designed to protect the area from corrosion. The Air Force paid a contractor $10,000 for this item on three separate occasions, most recently in 2017, before the service started using 3-D printing to make the part. (U.S. Air Force)

To the Air Force, it’s a “cover-center wall, troop compartment latrine . . . required to protect the aircraft from corrosion damage in the latrine area.”
To the rest of us, it’s a toilet cover. And until recently, it had a price tag of $10,000.
Officials said last week that the U.S. Air Force paid about $10,000 each to replace toilet seat covers on the C-5 Galaxy, a Vietnam-era military cargo plane that is still in service, at least three times and as recently as last year.
The reason, they say, is that the plane’s manufacturer no longer produces the part, forcing the government to order a customized one when it needs to be replaced. More recently, the service has been able to cut the average cost of the toilet cover to about $300 by using a 3-D printer, an approach top officials want to replicate for other acquisitions.

Air Force officials describe the $10,000 toilet cover as a case of supply-chain economics gone wrong.
The C-5 dates to the 1960s, when it was used to move troops and cargo during the Vietnam War. Lockheed Martin, the plane’s original manufacturer, shut down its C-5 production line in 2001 when the military stopped buying new models. But the Air Force still counts 52 of them in its fleet, and some of them have been put to use in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Keeping the old planes ready to fly means bits of hardware occasionally need to be replaced. Since the Air Force maintains painstakingly specific requirements for equipment components — even toilet parts — doing so is rarely as simple as a trip to Home Depot.
The Air Force says with the Lockheed’s C-5 production line no longer active, there is no company with a fully staffed assembly line ready to produce exactly what it needs. That means the government has to hire a manufacturer to make a mold of the original toilet seat cover, redesign two-dimensional drawings to make sure the cover fits, manufacture a mold for the part, and then produce it — effectively reverse-engineering the toilet cover and building it from scratch.

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by Aaron Gregg

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - The black toilet: An unconventional bathroom accessory that's back - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

When the jet-black toilet was introduced by Kohler in the 1920s, it was considered so avant-garde that it was featured in a 1929 Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit about the design of the "modern bath and dressing room."
This spring, when designer Scott Sanders installed a black toilet (Kohler's Memoirs Stately) and black sink (Kohler's Caxton undermount) in his powder room at the 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House, it was still considered avant-garde.
"A white toilet and a white sink are the most expected thing you can do in a bathroom," says Sanders, who is based in New York. "A powder room should be chic and interesting. It's great to treat your guests to something really unexpected."
Sanders admits it's not a look for everyone. "It's not the first time I've used one. Sometimes if you suggest it, though, you do get some pushback. 'A black toilet?' They look at you like you have two heads." But Sanders explains that basic black blends in more than white does, allowing for a greater number of wallpaper choices.

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