"Got the tank lid yesterday, and it looks great! It's in really nice shape. A huge improvement to my bathroom!"(Case #122 tank lid, White)
"Hi Gary........the tank lid and seats arrived in tact yesterday. Major flash back when I saw those toilet seat boxes - couldn't believe it."(Two K-4675 Kohler Rochelle seats & one Rochelle tank lid, Avocado)
"I can't believe I'm this excited about a toilet!"(Kohler K-4556 tank lid, Mexican Sand)
"Your web site is great. My wife thought I should replace the whole toilet. But I showed her your page about what that really costs. I don't mind your price. ...You earned it! "(Norris tank lid, White 1980s)
"I placed the order. Thanks. You earned the $100.00."(American Standard 4021 White tank lid)
Below are some tips to help you avoid damaging your toilet tank lid.
Toilets and their tank lids are made of vitreous china. This vitreous, glazed surface is glass-like and therefore smooth and slippery, the same as glass. The china body is made of clay, much like pottery, and therefore heavy, the same as pottery.
Toilet tank lids weigh 10 pounds on average. The ratio of a lid's weight to its size is high. This is deceiving to one's natural instinct when seeing a lid and deciding how to pick it up.
In summary, toilet tank lids are heavy, slippery, and fragile. So, with these factoids in mind, here is how we recommend you handle toilet tank lids:
Handling a lid:
~ Handle with dry hands only.
~ Always use two hands.
~ Lift and carry from the under-side.
~ When removing or installing a lid, stand or sit directly in front of the toilet and hold the lid on the left and right sides.
~ Use care not to hit or bump the lid against the tank.
Storing a lid off of a toilet:
~ Do not lean it vertically against a wall or other support. (Odds are it will slip, fall, and break.)
~ Do not set the lid on, or in contact with, a hard surface such as tile, marble, cast iron, steel. (If you must do this, insulate it with a towel or blanket.)
~ Do not set the lid on a counter. (Odds are it will get bumped and fall.)
~ Do not store the lid in the bath tub. (Odds are it will slip, fall and break.)
~ Do not set the lid on the floor. (Odds are it will get kicked and broken.)
~ In other words, do not store the lid in the bathroom. Take it to a bedroom and set it on the bed. (Then place an orange cone on top of it. ...Just kidding!)
~ Second choice is another room on carpet or a cushioned chair with side arms.
"Perfect size, perfect fit. Thanks."(Trenton CON 248 tank lid,White)
"The tank lid arrived in great condition. It fit pervfectly and even though it was made in 1946 (9 years older), it was a perfect match. I'm impressed! As I am trying to do an exact 1955 era restoration of all the bathrooms, this was a tremendous find."(American Standard 4033 tank lid, White)
"Our toilet tank lid arrived today and it fits perfectly! In size and color. Thank you so much for your quick (3-Day) shipment and quick response to my questions. If this should ever happen to us again we know who to call." (American Standard 4083 tank lid,Bone)
"Thank you for having this service available on the internet. You matched the color and fit of the lid on my toilet. You solved a serious remodeling problem. You even matched the year to the toilet."(American Standard 1957 F4043 tank lid, Fawn)
"Thanks again for all your help, . . . . it had been a frustrating 3 month process for me to try and replace an outdated red lid and I was hitting nothing but dead ends till I found your web site."(Kohler K4530 tank lid,Antique Red)
That thing you're pressing to your face? There's a 16
percent chance it has fecal matter on it, London researchers found. And even if
it's not brimming with E. coli, nine in 10 cell phones carry some kind of
disease-causing germ, like influenza or MRSA. Think about it: You take your
cell phone everywhere--public transit, the bathroom, the office--and you never
YOUR FIX: Wipe it with an electronic-safe disinfectant wipe
like Wireless Wipes or CleanTouch once a week, said Charles Gerba, a professor of
microbiology at the University of Arizona. (Are you neglecting the unwritten
rules of hygiene? You might not even realize it, but here are the Super-Gross
Things You Do Without Thinking About It.)
You probably cleaned your toilet more recently than you cleaned your grill--and
that's not a wise choice, considering the latter comes in contact with your
food. The average grill has 1.7 million microbes per square inch, according to
a 2013 British study. That's more than twice as many bacteria as the average
john. It makes sense that your grill is nasty because food particles cling to
the grates and work surfaces.
YOUR FIX: To give it a deep clean, scrub the grates with
soap and a scouring pad, scrape out any charred bits from the bottom, clean out
the gook in the burners with a paperclip, and rub down the entire exterior with
an ammonia-based cleaner and a paper towel. (Steer clear of E.Coli and
salmonella by preventing the 5
Cookout Mistakes That Make You Sick.)
Your 'clean' laundry
Crap clings to your underwear, whether you can see it or not. When you throw
your undies in the laundry, you transfer about 500 million E. coli bacteria to
the machine, according to Gerba. On top of that, water tends to settle in the
bottom of front-loading machines, making it a breeding ground for germs. Then
you wash your clothes in that mess.
YOUR FIX: To make sure your clothes come out actually clean,
do a load of whites first so you can use chlorine bleach to sanitize the
machine. Dedicate a cycle to underwear and use hot water with a color-safe
bleach substitute. Also, run an empty cycle with bleach once every month to
keep your washer free of bacteria.
When you flush your toilet, it can spray aerosolized droplets over 20 feet,
said Philip Tierno Jr., director of microbiology and immunology at NYU's
Langone Medical Center and the author of “The Secret Life of Germs.” So if you
leave your toothbrush out on the bathroom sink, it could be showered with tiny
drops of whatever you just flushed.
YOUR FIX: Stowing your toothbrush in a cabinet away from the
flying feces might be a good idea. Running it through the dishwasher will also
eliminate germs, according to a 2011 study in the American Journal of
Dentistry. An even easier option: soak your toothbrush in a mouthwash that
contains cetylpyridinium chloride, like Scope, for 20 minutes. (Most guys trust
their brush is taking care of business, but the dirty truth is that it may be a
Trojan horse of bacteria and other microorganisms. Find out How
Clean is Your Toothbrush and how to keep your mouth
Your kitchen sponge
Your sponge is probably the nastiest thing in your kitchen. It's damp and
constantly in contact with bacteria, making it a prime place for germs to
proliferate. There's a one in three chance your kitchen sponge has staph,
according to a Simmons College study. (That's twice the contamination rate of
your toilet.) And it could be harboring 10 million bacteria per square
inch--that's 200,000 times dirtier than your toilet, according to studies from
the University of Arizona.
YOUR FIX: To kill germs, nuke your wet sponge in the microwave
for 1 minute. It’s that simple
Tackling nasty odors in the toilet has always been a difficult task. Though there are many products that claim to eliminate the stench, none seem to work as good as advertised. Now premium bathroom fittings and fixtures maker Kohler has come up with an interesting product that promises to tackle and eliminate the foul stink right near its source.
With its new PureFresh line of toilet seats, Kohler Co. is tackling malodorous bathroom air at the toilet seat itself. The Wisconsin company, which claims to be dedicated to “gracious living,” has introduced a solution to a less-than-graceful, and occasionally embarrassing, social situation.
The PureFresh seat wafts away the foul odors that so often accompany toilet use, replacing them with “a light, clean scent,” claims the company. Moreover, you do not have to push a button to activate the mechanism — just sit down, suggests the company.
The PureFresh System Has Multiple Components To Address Foul Odors Right At The Source
The PureFresh appears to be an air-filter that starts immediately after a person sits on the “throne.” A series of “air-purifying” and deodorizing events are set in motion, which are run by battery, reportedDigital Trends. A fan starts sucking air from the bowl and pushes it through a carbon filter.
The basic PureFresh toilet seat offers to eliminate the odors, but an optional “scent pack” that the company urges you buy allows the now-deodorized air to be infused with “pleasant aromas.” Once the air leaves the carbon filter, it is wafted over this scent pack, which includes choices like “Garden Waterfall,” “Avocado Spa,” and “Soft and Fresh Laundry.”
The scented air is then released into the atmosphere, allowing the toilet seat to actually freshen up the place instead of stinking it, reportedArchitecture and Design.
Speaking about the innovation, Jerry Bougher, the firm’s marketing manager for toilet seats said, “We did a lot of research, and one of the attributes we got out of it was people were looking for some way to, you know — deodorize. Obviously, you’re in the bathroom. You’re sitting on a toilet seat. We all kind of have a tendency to know what’s going on at that point.”
Though the technical aspects like battery life and filter endurance could be tested in-house, Kohler still needed to conduct field tests to judge the efficacy of the entire system. Smells are quite subjective — what smells bad to some might not be that offensive to others. Moreover, some noses are more sensitive than others, some bathrooms are bigger than others, and some situations are more challenging than others, said Bougher.
But the PureFresh has worked wonders in almost all situations, he claims. Costing $120, the Kohler PureFresh toilet seat is quite expensive as compared to conventional products, but the company has taken a right step in tackling an ages-old problem by attacking it right at the source.
"The tank lid arrived in great condition. It fit pervfectly and even though it was made in 1946 (9 years older), it was a perfect match. I'm impressed! As I am trying to do an exact 1955 era restoration of all the bathrooms, this was a tremendous find."(American Standard 4033 tank lid, White) "My toilet tank lid arrived in perfect shape. Thank you. I gave your contact info to the plumbing supply store in town because they had told me that replacement parts were not available. I do not know if they will refer any customers to you as it is in their interest to sell new toilets but I figured it was worth a try as I am sure many people will find themselves in the situation of needing a lid. Thanks again, you saved me a lot of work."( American Standard F4049:T75 tank lid, White) "Thanks again for all your help, . . . . it had been a frustrating 3 month process for me to try and replace an outdated red lid and I was hitting nothing but dead ends till I found your web site."(Kohler K4530 tank lid,Antique Red) "So glad I found this Website! A vanity cabinet slid off the wall onto the toilet 5 years ago and smashed the lid to pieces. I had been living with a towel stretched across the tank to hide the damage all this time. This looks MUCH better." (Kohler 84591White tank lid) http://www.thisoldtoilet.com
Nighttime trips to the bathroom can be fraught with peril as you run a dark gauntlet of obstacles ranging from cats to locating the toilet itself. Sure, you can turn on the lights and sear your eyes with the sudden illumination. You could also install a nightlight somewhere in the restroom, but that's not much fun. How about lighting up the toilet bowl instead? IllumiBowl on Kickstarter places a nightlight right onto your toilet.
Toilet lights aren't a new concept. Kohler offers a Nightlight toilet seat with blue LEDs that costs $83. The IllumiBowl will set you back only $15 (about £9, AU$17) for a pledge. It also has the advantage of using a color-changing LED, so the light will slowly rotate through different colors every few seconds. This will be especially perfect if you ever plan on hosting a dance party in your bathroom.
IllumiBowl fits under your toilet seat, attaching with suction to the outside of the toilet bowl rim while a hook reaches over the edge to provide the light inside. Motion detection senses when a visitor arrives. The light turns on automatically and turns off once you're gone.
The lavatory gadget runs on two AAA batteries. Matt Alexander, the creator of IllumiBowl, writes in an update, "We are working with the manufacturer to make it water resistant." Here's hoping that all works out, because a non-water-resistant device hanging out near a toilet bowl could face some serious challenges.
Alexander currently has a working prototype of the IllumBowl and hopes to raise $20,000 to go into production. The project is currently up over $8,000 with 36 days left to go. This is probably going to be a love-it-or-hate-it sort of gadget. You're either the kind of person who wants a glowing toilet bowl, or you're not. But if you are, you're most definitely in luck.
Police in St. Pete say the man in this video didn't go to Subway for lunch. He went for the toilets.
According to St. Petersburg Police, 28-year old Brian Rinda admits he has a drug problem, and admitted being responsible for an odd rash of toilet flush valve thefts.
Victims include a Cracker Barrel, a Denny's, a Hooters and a Publix, among others.
In many cases, more than one valve was taken.
"He worked very fast within a matter of minutes," police spokesperson Yolanda Fernandez told FOX 13 News. "Many of the managers at the restaurants were telling us, well they had just walked out of the restroom and gone back in a few minutes later, and he had taken the flush valves."
The City of St. Petersburg was also a victim, with valves stolen at Sawgrass Lake Park and Albert Whitted Park.
"At Albert Whitted Park, he stole three flush valves and when our city employees went in to replace them, they replaced two of them and took a break. And when they came back, he'd hit again and taken the two new ones," Fernandez said.
Most of the commercial victims have security cameras, so a detective had a good image of the suspect entering and leaving one crime scene.
Scrap metal yards are now required to keep records of sellers, and Rinda's multiple trips to County Recycling on Haines Road is well documented.
Pointing to a computer screen, owner James Roberto said "that was the item, and there's the picture ID, his picture, his fingerprint."
Roberto said that particular transaction for 20 pounds of brass rewarded Rinda with $32.
The cost of replacement parts and plumbing services adds up to hundreds of dollars in each case, resulting in multiple counts of grand theft against Rinda.
The detective also caught another lucky break: Rinda was arrested for retail theft a few months ago and was the subject of a warrant for failure to appear in court. He turned himself in Saturday and was still in jail when the detective identified his suspect and started looking for him.
The hotel sign illustrates the right and wrong ways for guests to go use the toilet. (iStock)
In many Asian countries, squatting --rather sitting --in the bathroom is the norm. Think two foot holders and a hole –that’s about it.
That’s why fancy Western-style seat toilets can create a little confusion, as it did at this Chinese hotel in Changde in the Hunan Province.
According to RocketNews24, a traveler found this detailed how-to poster in the bathroom --which included not putting your head in the bowl.
He decided to share it on the Internet, writing: “I thought this was so funny and was cracking up, I had to hold my stomach for 3 minutes.”
The hotel, not to miss their chance at a little potty humor, had this classic response: “There are certainly people that would use the toilet by putting their feet on the toilet seat. So, while laughing to your heart’s content, be sure to follow the rules on how to use the toilet.”
Throne-style toilets are making inroads in Asia. In China, you’ll find them in the larger cities and at most airports. In Thailand, there’s even been a push to replace public squat toilets with Western models, with officials saying that they’re more sanitary and better on the knees. But most Asian homes still use the squat-style toilets.
Still, it’s a bit disconcerting for some foreign visitors to find shoe marks on the toilet seat. And then there’s the unspoken rule that you must carry your own toilet tissue or you’ll be left high –and not so dry.
For those who'd rather sit than squat, the Shanghai Toilet Guide is one app that uses GPS software to help users locate the closest throne-style toilet among the city's 8,000 public restrooms-and can even indicate whether stalls have toilet paper.
London: Archaeologists have unearthed a unique 2,000-year-old wooden toilet seat from the Roman fort of Vindolanda in northern England.
The seat was found in a muddy trench and has been preserved in the anaerobic conditions that exist at Vindolanda, media reports said.
"We know a lot about Roman toilets from previous excavations at the site and from other locations across the world, but never before have we had the pleasure of looking at a perfectly preserved wooden seat," Andrew Birley, director of excavations at Vindolanda, was quoted as saying.
"It is made from a very well-worked piece of wood and looks pretty comfortable," Birley added. source: http://www.ndtv.com/article/offbeat/2-000-year-old-wooden-toilet-seat-discovered-585112 http://www.thisoldtoilet.com