Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - AIRPORT SECURITY TRAYS HAVE MORE GERMS THAN A TOILET SEAT - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

It turns out all of the traditional headaches associated with airport security -- body scanners, cranky TSA agents, never ending lines -- might be the least of your concerns when trying to catch a flight. Aside from your average household sponge, which is a bastion of filth in its own right, airport security trays are some of the most bacteria-ridden objects you'll casually encounter.
According to a new study published in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases, the trays where you stow your wallet, cell phone, shoes, sun glasses, and keys are teeming with more bacteria than your average airport toilet. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, involved swabbing a variety of surfaces at Finland's Helsinki-Vantaa airport during the busy season in December of 2016. 
The dirtiest surfaces belonged to security trays, outpacing toilets in traces of rhinovirus -- the bacteria that causes the common cold -- and the influenza A virus. In total, traces of virus-causing bacteria were found on 10% of all surfaces, with security bins the most prevalent. 
"Of the surfaces tested," the researchers note, "plastic security screening trays appeared to pose the highest potential risk, and handling these is almost inevitable for all embarking passengers."
In fact, out of all the surfaces tested, toilets were found to be surprisingly clean, without a trace of respiratory virus detected.
The results aren't altogether surprising: Helsinki-Vantaa airport is large facility with an annual passenger count of 18,892,386. Still, it's only a fraction of the size of the biggest airports in the world, some of which service four times as many passengers a year. The number of travelers easily lends itself to spreading germs, especially when you consider how filthy your average cell phone might be. 
The possibility of contracting a cough or something worse lessens when you board a plane, but only slightly. Airplane cabins are usually a pretty fertile breeding ground for germs. There's also the possibility of aerotoxic syndrome -- which happens when engine exhaust from a plane seeps into the cabin's air supply -- although that's far less likely than contracting a cough or sneeze. 
With all of this in mind, it remains clear that the key for maintaining health in all of life's ventures is washing your hands after you do anything, anywhere. 
by Sam Blum

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - The One Thing You Can't Forget to Do Before Flushing the Toilet - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

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  • When you flush with the lid up, your toilet shoots out tiny water particles mixed with your waste.
  • Known as toilet plume, these particles could contain harmful bacteria.
  • Toilet plume has been shown to land on nearby surfaces, and the bacteria can live for months.

    When you're done doing your business, do you close the lid of the toilet before you flush? No pressure, but the answer could determine whether or not there's poop bacteria chilling around your bathroom: on your soap; on your towels; on your toothbrush.
    When you flush, the water in the toilet bowl mixes with waste — be it urine, poop, or vomit — and tiny particles of this mixture are emitted into the air. These droplets are known as toilet plume.
    If you don't close the lid on the toilet when you flush, this plume could settle onto nearby objects in your bathroom, according to a 2013 review of studies that recently resurfaced so we could cringe all over again.
    Toilet plume isn't just gross: It's bad for your health. The droplets could contain traces of harmful bacteria like Shigella, E coli, C difficile — all of which are found in the poop and vomit of infected people and can survive for months, according to the paper. The study authors reasoned that toilet plume may help spread infectious diseases, though the subject needed more research.
    In 2016, Business Insider's former tech site interviewed Philip Tierno, a microbiologist at New York University, on the dangers of toilet plume. He said the plume can reach as high as 15 feet in the air — and aside from landing all over your bathroom, it can also land on you.
    "If you have [unbroken] skin, you're likely to be okay," he said. But, uh, he also noted that certain bacteria, like Salmonella and Shigella, are transmitted when poop particles get in your mouth.  
    Thankfully, the solution to all this nastiness is simple: Close the lid of the toilet before you flush away your waste. If you're in a public bathroom where the toilet has no lid, heed Tierno's advice and "exit at the time of the flush."
    No matter what, Tierno said it's a good idea to "make sure your cups and toothbrushes are tucked away." Hey, even if you're diligent about closing the lid, there's no guarantee your three other careless roommates are doing the same.

    by Melissa Matthews

    Wednesday, September 5, 2018

    Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Why You Should Not Flush Your Contact Lens Down The Toilet Or Sink - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

    What are you going to do with this contact lens? (Photo Illustration by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

    Don't tell me you didn't see this coming. All those contact lens, those little plastic discs, that you flush down the toilet or the sink must go somewhere. Where? Not to the magic contact lens fairy, who cleans up all your messes.
    The answer is the environment and then maybe ultimately back into your and everybody's mouthes. Today at the 256th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Boston, Charles Rolsky, a PhD student, presented work from an Arizona State University team to help people see what is occurring. Rolsky along with Varun Kelkar, and Rolf Halden from ASU conducted a survey of contact lens wearers in the United States. As Rolsky described in a press release: “We found that 15 to 20 percent of contact-lens wearers are flushing the lenses down the sink or toilet. This is a pretty large number, considering roughly 45 million people in the U.S. alone wear contact lenses, amounting to 1.8–3.36 billion lenses flushed per year, or about 20–23 metric tons of wastewater-borne plastics annually." 
    And this plastic doesn't just disappear. The team also exposed five polymers commonly used in contact lens to the microrganisms that tend to be present at wastewater treatment plants. They found that these microorgamsims break the polymers down into microplastics. These microplastics then can make their way into the food supply, which then can make it into our meals. So if you want to save this journey, maybe you should just eat your contact lens rather than flush them down the toilet and sink.

    All of this shows that you should be careful about what you are sending down into the water supply. Poop may be OK in the toilet (but not the sink. Please don't poop in the sink.) However, that doesn't mean that everything else can go where poop goes. Instead, put your old contacts in the trash, where they can potentially be recycled or at least handled like other plastics.
    You also probably don't want to store your old contacts under your eyelid, like one woman inadvertently did for 28 years. A BMJ Case Reports case report presented details on a woman who saw doctors in Dundee, UK, after she developed left eyelid swelling and drooping. The doctors found a rigid gas permeable contact lens that had been lodged under her eyelid since the New Kids on the Block were hitting the charts with their single "Hanging Tough."
    by Bruce Y Lee

    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Engagement ring rescued after it was flushed in toilet - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

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     A fiancee's worst nightmare was washed away when a plumbing company was able to rescue her engagement ring after it was flushed down the toilet.
    Courtnee Ivy realized after using the restroom early Tuesday morning that her new engagement ring had fallen off and had gone down the second-floor toilet in her home.
    When Chris Beveridge saw a call from his fiancee at 5 in the morning, he knew something was wrong.
    "My heart kinda dropped a little bit and I was like, 'Wow, if you didn't like it you didn't have to flush it down the toilet.' But I know it wasn't like that, I know it was just an accident," Beveridge said.
    Panic began to set in and Ivy was trying everything that came to mind.
    "I freaked out I put my hand as far into the toilet as I could," Ivy said.
    Beveridge got home, removed the toilets and looked down the lines with a flashlight as far as he could, but couldn't see anything.
    That's when they called some expert help.
    "Stop what you are doing," Shawn Patton, owner and operator of Patton Plumbing Heating and AC, told them. "Let's get a plumber over there and see what's going on."
    When Patton's team got to Ivy's home, they saw the work Ivy and Beveridge had already tried doing, after Googling what to do.
    Patton's team took out a special camera rig that allows them to snake through the sewage pipes.
    "We kept pushing the camera real slow because we didn't want to push the ring and pass it, and we got 21 feet in and there it was," Patton said.
    They found the ring a foot away from falling into what Patton calls "the abyss" — the main sewage pipes.
    The ring was located inside a pipe in the hallway of the second floor, but to help keep costs down they decided to try accessing it from the first floor.
    From there, Patton's team cut out a hole in the ceiling, carefully cut the pipe in half and spent another 45 minutes wrestling the ring out of the pipe.
    Not knowing what would happen, Ivy left her home while Patton and his team worked to rescue the ring.
    "I had to leave just cause I couldn't sit here anymore, I kept crying," Ivy said.
    Patton's team got the ring out and the couple was relieved and happy to have it back.
    "I probably have done one of these in the last 10 years and so, when we get it, we're excited," Patton said. "If there is a change to get it out, we are going to get it out . It's a chance to do something really fun and good for the customer, and you're hoping for the best."
    The couple said the ring is going to stay in the box until it gets resized.

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Ford Transit camper van has everything you need, including a toilet - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

    Nugget exterior

    It's hard to live without a toilet, but it is also hard to squeeze one into such a small space without some compromises.

    Readers often complain when we show fossil fuel powered camper vans, particularly from a certain German company that sells Westfalia conversions. However, travelling across the country in one remains a fantasy of this TreeHugger, and these vans are remarkable examples of really efficient design for small spaces.
    And while Sami has noted that electric vans are coming down the road soon, if you want any significant range, right now we are still pretty much stuck with gas or diesel. I really liked the VW California Camper that we showed recently, but it had one fundamental problem: It lacked a toilet.

    Ford Nugget Dinining area

    Now Westfalia and Ford have introduced the Nugget Plus, built on a Ford Transit platform. It sleeps four, with a double bed in that ugly high roof and another double bed that folds out over the dining area. But most importantly, it has a toilet built in at the back of the bus.
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    The toilet placement takes a bit of getting used to; you have some privacy when it is in use because of a retractable screen that provides visual but not too much acoustic privacy, but when it is not in use, it is out in the open, essentially in the kitchen area.

    Sink folds down© Ford/ Sink folds down
    Then there is a fold-down sink on the other side of the van. C.C. Weiss of New Atlas explains:
    After spending a few minutes or more on a toilet bumping, splishing and sploshing in rhythm with the rolling wheels below, the first thing you're sure to want to do is wash your hands. With no room for a sink inside the toilet room, Westfalia did the next best thing in adding a small drop-down sink directly across from the bathroom on the edge of the kitchen counter. The extra sink serves as a more sanitary solution versus bathroom goers having to beeline for the kitchen sink.

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    © Ford Nugget with privacy screen closed
    While a toilet is a great convenience, surely one could pull over for a few minutes instead of splishing and sploshing, but whatever. Just having a toilet is a great convenience, even if that screen is not sound and smell proof.

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    It’s too bad someone couldn’t come up with a modern version of David Fergusson’s 1948 bathroom, where both the toilet and the sink folded up into the wall, leaving the space for a shower stall. Then nobody would have to look at the toilet or the sink when they weren’t needed.

    Nugget Plus Plan

    The Nugget is powered by a 129- and 168-hp 2.0-liter EcoBlue Euro 6 diesel engine, with choice of manual or automatic transmission. It comes with two 95-Ah AGM batteries and two 42 litre fresh and waste water tanks. CO2 emissions while driving are 183 - 169 g / km, or at 100 km/hr, 18.3 kg per hour; Interestingly, the average American couple emits 108 kg of CO2 per day between driving and living, so trading in your house and your car for a diesel powered van might actually lower your footprint, as I continue to search for a TreeHugger justification for this.

    Ford Nugget on the rocks

    © Ford/ Westfalia
    Compared to the California, it is more reasonably priced at about US$ 72,500, about the price of a condo parking space in New York or Toronto these days. Find a spot with a high ceiling and you could live in it. That’s also less money than many of the tiny houses Kim has been showing lately, and this one actually moves itself.

    I look forward to when these are electric and self-driving, where you can go to bed in one place and wake up in another. It might make a lot of our fixed and immobile real estate superfluous.

    by Lloyd Alter

    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

    Credit: Henry Franks/Cover Images

    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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