Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - British Authorities Scramble To Find Stolen Solid Gold Toilet- This Old Toilet 650-483-1139

The toilet — worth, by some estimates, up to $1.25 million — was connected to the plumbing in the Blenheim Palace.
Tom Lindboe/Courtesy of Blenheim Art Foundation

British police have arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with the theft of a solid gold toilet from a palace west of London.
The toilet, titled America, is a work of art by the 58-year-old Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It had been installed for an exhibition at England's Blenheim Palace earlier this week.
Blenheim Palace confirmed the theft in a statement posted on Twitter.
"We are saddened by this extraordinary event, but also relieved no-one was hurt," the statement said. "We are grateful to our staff and to Thames Valley Police for their rapid and brave reactions."
Thames Valley Police believe a group of thieves used "at least two vehicles" to accomplish the task. They broke in overnight and left the scene around 4:50 a.m. local time.
The toilet — worth, by some estimates, up to $1.25 million — was connected to the plumbing of the building. As a result, its removal caused extensive damage. Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Winston Churchill, announced Saturday that it would be closed for the day.

"It's not going to be the easiest thing to nick," Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill, brother of the Duke of Marlborough, told The Sunday Times in August. (The palace is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough.) "Firstly it's plumbed in, and secondly a potential thief will have no idea who last used the toilet or what they ate. So no, I don't plan on guarding it."
America was installed as just one part of an exhibition of Cattelan's work, his first solo exhibition in the U.K. in two decades. Before it was stolen, visitors could book three-minute appointments to use the golden toilet.
The fact that America could actually function as a toilet was key to its message. It had previously been on display at the Guggenheim in New York, where it replaced the standard toilet in a small, single-unit museum restroom.
"The fact that it is very welcoming, inviting for anyone to use, gets to the heart of a lot of questions around exclusivity in the art world and museums in particular," Nancy Spector, the curator who worked closely with Cattelan on the Guggenheim exhibition, told NPR in 2016. "This notion of having a very intimate, private experience with a work of art, and a work of art that speaks dramatically about its own value, is fascinating on many levels."
"When you show the finest art to everyone, to the audience it was made for, you take a risk," Dominic Hare, Blenheim Palace's CEO, wrote in an emailed statement Saturday. "It is deeply ironic that a work of art portraying the American Dream and the idea of an elite object made available to all should be almost instantly snatched away and hidden from view."
Once, Cattelan did offer America to a more private residence: the White House. In 2017, after the Trump White House asked to borrow a Vincent van Gogh painting from the Guggenheim, Spector wrote back to say that the requested work was not unavailable — but America was.
"We would be pleased to help facilitate this loan for the artist should the President and First Lady have any interest in installing it in the White House," Spector wrote in an email published by The Washington Post. "It is, of course, extremely valuable and somewhat fragile, but we would provide all the instructions for its installation and care."
Cattelan has been called "court jester of the art world." In 1996, when he was unable to come up with a piece of his own for an exhibition in Amsterdam, he stole another artist's entire work and attempted to claim credit for it. Cattelan is incredibly successful and has sold single works for more than $10 million.
NPR could not immediately reach Cattelan for comment on the theft of America. In 2018, when The Washington Post asked him what his work meant and why he offered it to the White House, Cattelan responded.
"What's the point of our life?" he said. "Everything seems absurd until we die and then it makes sense."
by Jenny Gathright

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - This $15 gadget makes your toilet glow, and people love it way more than they should - This Old Toilet 650-483-1139

Yes, I can certainly see the appeal of the LumiLux Advanced 16-Color Motion Sensor LED Toilet Bowl Night Light. Is it really deserving of all the buzz it’s getting right now though? Okay fine, maybe it is. This fun little gadget installs in no time and it ensures that you can always see your target when you stumble into the bathroom late at night. You can set it to glow in any one of 16 different colors, change the color as often as you want, and it turns on automatically when you lift the lid!
Here’s the scoop from the product page:

  • MOTION AND LIGHT DETECTION SENSOR – The built in motion sensor detects body heat to automatically illuminate the room when you enter and shut off when you leave. The light detection sensor will deactivate the LED light the instant it detects light is on to maximize battery life.
  • 16 LED COLORS – You can choose a fixed color to fit your mood or choose carousel mode which will cycle seamlessly through every shade of color inside your toilet bowl when activated. Kids love the glowing water of their lighted potty! Colors include blue, teal, red, purple, indigo, green, yellow, amber, orange, white and more.
  • FLEXIBLE ARM – The flexible arm can be bent to secure the unit for any size toilet bowl– resting just below the seat lid and onto the rim. The bendable arms provide a more secure fit than other toilet lights with cheap suction cups.
  • 5 STAGE DIMMER – Make your toilet bowl nightlight glow as dark or bright as you want by selecting from up to 5 different levels of brightness.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY – LumiLux is your prime source for automatic, illuminated toilet bowl lights. If anything goes wrong with your Lumilux Toilet Night Light we will send you a new one absolutely free.
by Maren Estrada

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Eight toilet upgrades that could very well change your life - This Old Toilet 650-483-1139

toilet speaker on top
Bidets for days.Edgardo Lagmay via Unsplash
Some people (who lurk on Reddit) believe that Japanese toilets should be a basic human right. In Japan, 81 percent of households have bidets—commonly called washlets—which means that most of the population has extremely strong anal hygiene game. Upgrade your toilet with this range of bidets, from budget options to baller status. If you opt to spring for a washlet, you could also stop buying toilet paper—which could let you break even.
TOTO C200 Washlet Electronic Bidet Toilet Seat
TOTO C200 Washlet Electronic Bidet Toilet Seat
From trusted Japanese brand TOTO, this is a luxury electronic seat that will keep your bum warm and clean.Amazon
Have a spa day every time you need to relieve yourself with this electronic bidet from TOTO. There’s truly nothing like being greeted with a warm seat during cold mornings or winter months. This bidet's water stream is injected with air, which makes for a less harsh and more pleasant experience. It also includes an automatic air deodorizer that neutralizes any pungent odors with filters that clean the air around the toilet.
Kohler Elongated Dual-Flush Intelligent Toilet
Kohler Elongated Dual-Flush Intelligent Toilet
The Ashton Martin of smart toilets.Amazon
If you don’t want to go through the process of installing a bidet and have a budget for extreme luxury, treat yourself to a Kohler intelligent toilet. Kohler is a family-run business that’s been making sleek home products since 1873. This sculpted, elegantly curved toilet looks straight out of a future where everyone has a clean bum. The smart toilet also features a heated seat, a night-light, a hands-free opening/closing, and automatic flush, plus a touchscreen remote. In case the power goes out, this toilet even has an emergency backup flushing mechanism.
BioBidet Bliss BB2000 Elongated White Bidet Smart Toilet Seat
BioBidet Bliss BB2000 Elongated White Bidet Smart Toilet Seat
If you can think of an upgrade to your bathroom experience, chances are this bidet has it.Amazon
If you cherish your bathroom time and want it to be as magical an experience as possible, look no further than the Biobidet Bliss Smart Toilet Seat. There’s a reason it’s called a smart toilet seat. It features oscillating clean technology, a wireless remote, and a heated seat. The wireless remote allows for pressure, temperature, and angle adjustments without reaching around for a handle. With its instant water heating technology, you’ll never have to worry about a blast of cold water on your tush. For midnight bathroom trips, the Biobidet Bliss includes a built-in nightlight and a slow close seat.
Coway Bidetmega 200
Coway Bidetmega 200
The Coway Bidetmega 200 features braille on all the control buttons.Amazon
The Coway Bidetmega 200 includes every feature you’d want in a bidet. Choose between round or elongated models to better fit the shape your home toilet. Instead of buying an entire toilet system, the Bidetmega 200 installs directly onto your existing toilet. The bidet includes a dryer—to help save on toilet paper—and has both front and back washing options. Its four-stage cleaning process starts off gentle, increases pressure for a pre-wash, ramps up to full blast during the main wash, and then calms back down during the final rinse. From the control panel, you can adjust the pressure, temperature, direction, or flow of the water. You can even turn on child-friendly mode and turn on the heated seat. Unlike some lower-end models, you’ll need to plug the bidet into an outlet. The included power plug is 47 inches long, so you’ll have a fair amount of slack.
TUSHY Classic Bidet Attachment
TUSHY Classic Bidet Attachment
Best bidet attachment for a quick water clean fix.Amazon
Turn any toilet into a bidet in 10 minutes with this sleek bidet seat attachment, which features a nozzle adjuster and pressure control knob, so you can control the water angle and pressure to your taste. It requires no extra plumbing or electricity.
Luxe Bidet Neo 120
Luxe Bidet Neo 120
For your basic bum cleaning upgrade.Amazon
Greenco Bidet
Greenco Bidet
Budget-friendly first buy.Amazon

Never tried a bidet before, but curious about what they’re all about? The Greenco Bidet is budget-friendly and easy-to-install, so perfect for first-timers. With its adjustable knob, you can choose your ideal water pressure and adjust the angle of the spray. This thing is a piece of cake to install—only about 30 minutes to set it all up—and fits just about every toilet seat with no special tools required. So, if you’re looking for quick and easy installation, this bidet is for you.
SonTiy Hand Held Bidet Sprayer for Toilet
SonTiy Hand Held Bidet Sprayer for Toilet
For hands-on spraying needs around (and not just on) the toilet.Amazon
Another easy-to-install option is this hands-on SonTiy bidet toilet shower attachment, which features an ergonomic hand sprayer made of heavy-duty solid brass. It’s perfect for people who really like full control over the water spray (that ranges from a gentle bath to a strong toilet jet), and is easily operated with just one hand. Because of its range, this bidet sprayer is multi-functional and can double as a mini-shower, pet sprayer, baby cleaner, or whatever else you wish to spray and clean in the bathroom.
by popsci commerce team

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - These sleek new toilets will pop up all over San Francisco - This Old Toilet 650-483-1139

Rendering of sleek, steel, and curvy new toilet kiosk on Market Street in San Francisco.
  Rendering courtesy of JCDecaux
Smith Group’s winning design.

Designed by Detroit-based SmithGroup, these gleaming and curvy new toilets and kiosks will soon grace the streets of San Francisco, replacing the faux-Parisian loos and newsstands that have been lingering around—and degrading—since 1996.
In partnership with outdoor furniture company JCDecaux, SmithGroup won the contract over two other firms, MIN Design and Branch Creative, selected by the city’s Civic Design Review and Architectural Review committees.
The agreement covers 25 public toilets and up to 114 kiosks, which will rollout in the summer of 2021.
According to JCDecaux, 70 of the new kiosks will come with digital displays, 20 of them will offer a multi-service space dedicated to small businesses and neighborhood services, and 15 kiosks will feature interactive screens for civic information.
What’s more, 11 out the 25 new
What’s more, 11 out the 25 new
automatic public toilets will be supervised by paid attendants as part of the city’s Pit Stopprogram, a workforce development effort that pairs people in need to job reentry with a much-needed service. Prior to the Pit Stop program, San Francisco’s public toilets were infamous for being less than savory affairs.
Supervised toilet locations open as early as 7 a.m. and close as late as 8 p.m., but all of them have different schedules. A Pit Stop toilet can cost anywhere between $170,000 and $205,000 a year to operate.
Initially, the new toilets were to come crowned with concealed planter boxes to give them a green element. But, mercifully, that design was scrapped after the city’s Arts Commission and Historic Preservation Commission intervened, slamming the look as an aesthetic and maintenance nightmare.
San Francisco’s automatic public toilets recorded over 850,000 flushes in the last 12 months.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Hey, Just Always Close Your Toilet Lid, OK - This Old Toilet 650-483-1139

There’s a common bathroom argument that never fails to rile me up: The issue of whether you should leave the toilet seat up or down after you go (yes, I have a lot opinions on bathroom stuff).
Traditional gender “rules” imply that men leave the seat up because they pee with the seat up, while women leave the seat down for their own bathroom-going reasons. It’s caused many spirited debates in my life, online, and in TV shows and movies. Gender presentation and identity issues aside, I have a problem with this whole argument, and it’s that it’s entirely moot. You know why? Because we should all just shut the toilet lid completely after going to the bathroom. Forget the seat!
If there’s a lid on the toilet (more on that in a minute), then the best thing to do is to shut the lid before flushing. Not only does this shut the book on the seat argument (because closing the lid thereby folds down the seat), it also is more hygienic. Thanks to a lovely-sounding phenomenon called “toilet plume,” a flushing toilet easily spreads fecal matter to the surrounding area, which is particularly bad if you’re sick and using the toilet. Those germy particles can reach a height of 2.7 feet, and even if they’re not the kind of germs that’ll get you sick, they’re also not exactly what you want coating your toothbrush.
Beyond that (*takes off lab coat*), closing the toilet lid whenever it’s not in use is just a smart idea. An open body of water in the bathroom is just begging you to drop in your phone, keys, wallet, or any other toiletries you have hovering nearby. As a clumsy person whose toilet is snuggled right up next to a shelf, I’m always gently (or not so gently) reminding visitors to please shut the lid, lest they have to play a too-literal and not-fun real-life version of Go Fish for Terri’s hairbrush or Sarah’s phone.
This is all, of course, if there is a lid at all. Many public restrooms and some homes and private spaces don’t have a lid. If you live with other people and have no lid, have a conversation about toilet seat expectations before you get into a passive-aggressive war of up vs. down. Outside the home, what you do with the seat is up to you, but keep this in mind: defaulting to putting the seat down means fewer people have the possibility of unwittingly parking their butt right on the rim. And come on, who wants that?
 by Terri Pous

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Replacement Toilet Lids and Seats - Florida home sees freak toilet explosion during thunderstorm - This Old Toilet 650-483-1139

Sometimes, the weather stinks.
A South Florida homeowner suffered a rare weather-related mishap on Sunday. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms had bubbled up near the Port Charlotte home, but nothing seemed too out of the ordinary. Then came a flash of light and a deafening crack, and a toilet lay in ruins.
“This is probably the first time in history something like this has happened,” said Jordan Hagadorn. He owns A-1 Affordable Plumbing, the company that responded to the wrecked restroom in the Gulf Cove neighborhood. “We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.”
Hagadorn says that lightning struck the yard outside the Gulf Cove home, somehow achieving “perfect ignition inside the sewer."
“It must have exploded the methane inside. The homeowner was home at the time. There was a loud bang when the lightning struck.”
The charge traveled through the home, damaging electrical outlets and destroying wiring. The bathroom blast, however, was enough to shatter the toilet and even take out windows. There was even some burning reported. Smoke also was seen outside originating from the septic tank. Fortunately, the storm dumped briefly heavy rain, which extinguished any fledgling flames.
“It’s almost like winning the lottery,” explained Hagadorn regarding the odds of such an occurrence.
“Me personally? I’ve never heard of that happening,” said Andrew McKauthan, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in the Tampa area.
Porcelain pelted the walls, even denting/scratching the drywall.
“Thirty percent of the pipes in the home need to be replaced,” according to Hagadorn. “The lightning blasted a hole in the ground. There’s piping on the roof.” The photos he posted to Facebook show PVC piping split and splintered.

“I honestly thought the call was a friend messing with me until I showed up,” he said.
He was grateful no one was hurt in the bathroom explosion, as it could have been much worse.
The incident raises new concerns over the dangers of storming the bowl while it’s storming outside. The National Weather Service has recommendations in place for lightning safety, including bathing. So far, they have yet to weigh in on weather-related toilet safety, however.
In the meantime, Hagadorn is approaching the situation with humor, offering his own advice: “No more pooping while it’s storming outside.”
by Matthew Cappucci