Friday, June 28, 2013

Toilet Replacement Parts - Unfixable Problems - This Old Toilet Bay Area

Unfixable Problems

Most toilet problems can be fixed, it must be remembered that there are some UNFIXABLE toilet problems.

A toilet bowl that has an object (comb, toothbrush, toy, etc.) stuck in the passageway that can't be reached or dislodged from inside the bowl or from the bottom of the toilet will have to be replaced.

When the passageway in a toilet bowl becomes encrusted with scale, it restricts the flow. It's almost impossible to completely remove the scale, and it's time for a new toilet.

A cracked toilet tank can't be fixed and should be replaced as soon as it is noticed whether or not it is leaking. I had a student tell a sad story in class of knowing her toilet tank had a crack in it, but because it didn't leak she didn't do anything about it. One evening, she came home from work to find water cascading down the staircase from the second floor. The tank crack had opened up during the day when no one was home and a part of the tank fell off. The water drained out of the tank, and the water turned on. The water ran for most of the day.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tolitet Replacement - Identifying Your Toilet - This Old Toilet Bay Area


Three things are needed in order to identify your toilet: 1.The brand 2.The number 3.The color.

The brand: Look under the water tank lid (on the bottom); on the inside walls of the tank; on the bowl between the bolts attaching the seat. Disregard names on the seat as they are seldom the same brand as the toilet. Model-Name to Brand-Name Cross Reference

The number::Look under the water tank lid (on the bottom), or on the inside walls of the tank. The number on the lid may or may not be the same as the in the tank or the number of the complete toilet model.

The color: Use the Church Toilet Seats online color chart to see color samples. Also, the names in our descriptions are colored to give an approximation of the color. Or you can purchase a color chart below. Or real colored porcelain vitreous china chips from actual salvaged toilet tanks or lids are available for $9.00 each. Go to this page. The surest thing to do is send us a color sample with your order.

If your toilet has numbers but no name, study our cross-reference guide below. Or email us. We often know which numbers are what brand and we can guide you onto the right page of our stock list.

If your toilet has no numbers, then we will need a photo of it.

If your tank lid is missing, see if there is another of the same toilet in your house or neighborhood that you can look at.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Toilet Replacement Parts - What are Customers have been saying - This Old Toilet

"You do not KNOW how exciting it is to have a working seat. They are so expensive this is the first time I have had $300.00 for something other than food and rent!!! Thank you for sending it so soon and for the instructions. I am thrilled!!" (Case 1100 bolt-thru-tank Elongated Saffron Yellow toilet seat, 2011)
"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, 2010)
"You gave my wife and I a wonderful Christmas gift!  We have received the Colonial Blue tank lid that you sent on Thursday.  It matches perfectly.  We never thought that we would be able to locate a replacement lid after the original broke." (American Standard F4049 Colonial Blue tank lid, 2011)
"The lid we ordered arrived this a.m.  What a great Christmas present!  Works and looks great.  You guys do good work and I will definitely tell our plumber about your website.  Although they are usually very reliable they did not have a clue for a replacement lid. (Eljer Emblem tank lid, White, Christmas Eve 2009)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Toilet Lids - Toilet Myths - This Old Toilet - 650-483-1139

Alligator: Look out for alligators taking a dip in your toilet. The myth that an alligator can get into your pipes and crawl up your toilet is false. There once was a case in New York where a large alligator was found in a New York City sewer. According to the story a few adolescents were shoveling snow into a manhole when they discovered a 7 foot alligator. New York Municipalities did some investigating and found a few small alligators in the New York City sewers. All the alligators were killed with rat poison. Now you can sit on your toilet with a little more confidence, knowing that you will have both cheeks when you get up. Even those sitting on a New York toilet

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Toilet Parts Replacement - Toilet Trivia - This Old Toilet Los Altos 650-483-1139


The Roman army didn’t have toilet paper so they used a water soaked sponge on the end of a stick instead!

The toilet is flushed more times during the super bowl halftime than at any time during the year.

The toilet handle in a public restroom can have up to 40,000 germs per square inch.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Toilet Parts Replacement - Toilet Tips - This Old Toilet Los Altos 650-483-1139

~ Remove stains and mineral build-up from your toilet with a pumice scouring bar. Pumice is a natural volcanic material used for cleaning purposes since ancient times by mixing with water, oil or acid. In addition to cleaning toilets, it can be used on enamelled iron or porcelain steel sinks and tubs. Works on ceramic tile too. We use it at our detailing bench to remove rust stains and paint marks. As the pumice begins to dissolve, the bar conforms the curves of the plumbing fixture. Commonly sold at hardware stores, grocery stores, and home centers. Also available from us online below. (DO NOT use on the toilet seat! DO NOT use on acrylic or gel-coat tubs.)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Toilet Parts Replacement - Toilet Trivia - This Old Toilet Los Altos 650-483-1139

Over $100,000 US dollars was spent on a study to determine whether most people put their toilet paper on the holder with the flap in front or behind; the answer: three out of four people have the flap in the front

King George II of Great Britain died falling off a toilet on the 25th of October 1760


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Toilet Lids - Toilet Myths - This Old Toilet - 650-483-1139


Toilet flush: The toilet swirls counter clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in southern hemisphere. This is wrong, the toilet flushes the same everywhere. The Coriolis effect which is said to affect the direction of the water swirl has no influence on the toilet flush. One world, one flush.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Toilet Parts Replacement - Toilet Tips - This Old Toilet Los Altos 650-483-1139

~ Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet. (Per the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health.) Although this was a pratice used in the past, new evidence and studies show that prescription drugs are not being completely filtered out when passing through sewer treatment plants. Damage to marine wildlife and plant life is an end product of this. (Oh Heavens! The sharks are on Viagra and the salmon are on Prozac.) Maybe this has always been the case and modern technology is now able to detect it. Please bring any old prescription drugs or medication to your local Household Hazardous Waste Program to be safely disposed of. (More Info)
Update: On October 15, 2007 California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate bill SB966 (Senator Joe Simitian) which would, " ensure proper disposal of prescription pharmaceuticals by allowing retailers of pharmaceutical drugs and other organizations to have in place a system for the acceptance and collection of drugs."

Friday, June 7, 2013

Toilet Lids - Toilet Myths - This Old Toilet - 650-483-1139

  • On December 19, 1973 comedian Johnny Carson causes a three week toilet paper shortage in the USA after a joke scares consumers into stockpiling supplies
  • The average American uses 57 sheets of toilet paper a day or more than 20,805 sheets a year, and is a $2.4 billion dollar industry.
  • In 1990, the paperless toilet invented in Japan (combination toilet, bidet and drying element


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Toilet Parts Replacement - Toilet Trivia - This Old Toilet Los Altos 650-483-1139

The film “Psycho” was the first movie to show a toilet flushing – the scene caused an inpouring of complaints about indecency
Pomegranates studded with cloves were used as the first attempt at making toilet air-freshner
Hermann Goering refused to use regulation toilet paper – instead he bought soft white handkerchiefs in bulk and used them

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Toilet Parts Replacement - Toilet Tips - This Old Toilet Los Altos 650-483-1139

~ If your toilet seat won't hold in the up position, try these two remedies: Gently slide the toilet tank lid back on the tank as far as it will go and/or loosen the toilet seat mounting nuts and move the seat as far forward as it will go...retighten nuts.
~ Do not sit on the closed cover of your toilet seat. It was not designed to be a chair or stool. Do not stand on the cover or rim of your toilet seat. (Unless you want to buy a new one.) They were not designed nor intended for that much weight. Plus the risk of injury from slip-and-fall.
~ When working with hand tools on the wall or ceiling above a toilet, close the top on the seat and put covering such as towels or blankets over the tank lid. ...Enough to protect from impact if a tool or hardware is dropped. Padded moving blankets are best.