Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Toilet Replacement Parts - Dual Flush toilets- This Old Toilet - Phone: 650-483-1139 ~ 800-658-4521

dual flush toilet
dual flush toilet
If you are thinking or renovating your bathrooms think about dual flush toilets , more and more people are making choice to install dual flush toilets as it is eco-friendly and economical . These toilets have significant water savings technique, as they handle solid and liquid waste differently from the standard toilet and best thing is that you can find them according the style that match your home, whether it’s traditional or modern.
Features of dual flush toilets
Dual flushing toilet gives choice of two flushing power in one toilet. Choice can be made by using a separate button .It uses .8 gallons approximately for short flush runs and 1.6 gallons for longer runs.
Dual flush toilets are easy to install, simple to use. Its dual flushing power system helps in reduction of water consumption up to 50 to 75 percent. Spare parts are easily available. These features make dual flush toilets economical and effective.
by Brian Fosse

Monday, July 29, 2013

Toilet Replacement Parts - Glamorous Toilets - This Old Toilet - Phone: 650-483-1139 ~ 800-658-4521

Have you ever thought that toilets could look so gorgeous? See for yourself .
The new creation in the field of toilets by Neo-Metro Toilets.

This modern, funky and stylish toilet comes with following features:

1. Best solution for compact urban homes with small spaces.
2. Small size: Good things come in small packages. It is called trendy “mini” toilet.
3. Measuring approximately 14 by 20 by 14 inches.
4. its seat and lid is made of stainless steel and comes with features in-wall flushing system.
5. Available in hot pink and sharp red finish.
6. Custom color-matching is also available.
7. ADA equipped.
by Brian Fosse,

Friday, July 26, 2013

Toilet Salvage - Deconstruction ~ Salvage ~ Recovery ~ Dismantling ~ Disposal ~ Recycling - This Old Toilet - Phone: 650-483-1139 ~ 800-658-4521

 Recycle your old, used toilet through us. Don't clog our landfills. Be nice to our planet...

We'll pick it up at your house between San Jose and San Mateo.
(We do not service townhouses, condominiums, or apartments.)
See below for service in Fresno.
See our website -  for recycle costs and rates

Pick-ups are between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM (More info in FAQs below)

Important Terms:

1. Toilet must include undamaged tank lid.

2. Disconnect the tank from the bowl if you can.

3. Only undamaged goods will be accepted.

4. Damaged components may be refused.
(Damaged is cracked, chipped, nicked, or broken.)

5. Remove the toilet seat. Recycling does not take them.

6. Do not put out cartons/boxes. We do not take them.

7. Please include colored bolt cover caps if they are available.

8. Leave the toilet(s) out in front of the property where the driver can see them.
(But not at the curb or street as the tank lid might get stolen.)
There must be pavement between the toilets and the street, and no steps or stairs.
You don't need to be home at the time of the pickup.

(Caution: Broken toilets are sharp and dangerous.)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Toilet Replacement Parts - What our Customers Think - This Old Toilet - Phone: 650-483-1139 ~ 800-658-4521

"Just wanted to let you know that the lid arrived late Thursday and in perfect shape, your packing was great.  The little gray specks are almost invisible! If you have a customer rating site, let me know, I'll give you a 10!" (American Standard F2005 tank lid, White 2009)
"I do feel lucky. You were the first result on my Google search and you're only five miles away! ...I'll be there at three." (Western Pottery tank lid, White, 2007)
"I've been looking for this since 1965. Found you in Angie's List Magazine." (1948 American Standard F4054 tank lid, White, 2008)
"This is great. It's been 30 years I'm looking for this. The plumbers told me I'd never find it. Now if you could just find me a part for my old car?" (Case 1000:1100 tank lid, White, 2010)
"Just wanted you to know I received the lid yesterday in good shape. You guys really know how to pack those things. The fit is perfect and the color is a perfect match. Thanks for all your help and fast delivery." (American Standard #4083 tank lid, Fawn Beige , 2006)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Toilet Replacement Parts - Past Mercury News Article on This Old Toilet - This Old Toilet - Phone: 650-483-1139 ~ 800-658-4521

Gary Tjader spots his quarry and swings his Toyota pickup into the South San Jose driveway just off Hillsdale Avenue.
There it sits as big as life in front of the garage - a discarded bright blue 1990ish Norris toilet.
Yes, toilet - as in can, commode, throne, pot, potty, loo, john, head, crapper. The porcelain bus. The thing that everybody uses, but nobody much talks about.
Unless you're Gary Tjader.
"I don't think I've ever had one of these in this color," he says, and yes, that is a bit of awe you hear as he lovingly lifts the tank lid off.
Don't laugh at Gary Tjader. You might need him some day. And when you need him, you really can't wait. He is the founder of This Old Toilet, the kind of business you wish you would have thought of starting.
"Toilets and shoes," Tjader, 54 of Los Altos, says. "Everybody needs them."
Not only that, many people need parts for old toilets, toilets manufactured years ago. Toilets they don't make anymore. Toilets that if you break their tank lids, you'd be hard pressed finding a replacement.
Tjader knows this because he used to answer questions on plumbing advice Web sites. One question regularly stumped him: Where can I get a replacement toilet tank lid for my ...
So, about thirteen years ago, he started his own Web site (
Now, largely through the Web, he arranges for a fee to pick up toilets from local homeowners who don't need them, and then he sells the parts to homeowners who desperately do.
Lids are the big seller, and Tjader is sitting on about 1,400 of them in a rainbow of colors and vintages. He walks among them like something of a toilet sommelier. He points out the difference between mint green and surf green. He shows me a New Orleans blue, a cobalt blue, sunlight yellow. He points to a 1956 pink Crane Pacific and a 1935 lavender Standard. Oh, and the 1928 kidney-shaped lid he's offering for $470.
"They were the Cadillac of toilets back in the '30s."
When it comes to the replacement biz, there are three great things about toilet lids.
"They're heavy," Tjader says, "and they're slippery and they're fragile."
Which means they break. A lot. Nearly every day, he mails out lids generally costing in the $100 to $250 range. They go to replace lids that have been dropped, kicked, knocked off, shattered, cracked and otherwise maimed by do-it-yourself plumbers, cleaning crews, painters. He's found replacements for lids broken by curious kids and agitated dogs. Who's to blame isn't important to Tjader.
Don't ask. Don't tell. Just find.
Tjader, whose day job is contracting with plumbing manufacturers to represent their products, has no lack of supply for his side business. He gets potties and parts from salvage yards and plumbers. He shows up at house demolitions and asks if he can grab a toilet lid or two. He finds toilets on the side of the road and dumped in bushes.
"It's almost like the thrill of the hunt," says John Winkelman, one of Tjader's friends who calls periodically with toilet sightings. Winkelman has been with Tjader when they've stopped for a toilet just off a mountain highway. He's cruised with Tjader on citywide cleanup days, when residents put out whatever they want (or don't want) for pickup.
"We put a little bell in the car, so whoever sees the toilet first, gets to ring the bell," Winkelman says.
Some friends tease Tjader about his work (bet you're pretty flush). But Winkelman puts him in lofty company.
"You take a look at any success in this valley," says Winkelman, "whether it's Hewlett-Packard or Apple. You put something out there and say, `Gee, I hope that it goes.'"
So to speak.
by Mike Cassidy

Friday, July 19, 2013

Toilet Replacement Parts - Water Efficient Toilets - This Old Toilet - Phone: 650-483-1139 ~ 800-658-4521

 Do you know how many high-efficiency toilets we have in the U.S., or what percentage of all our toilets are water efficient?
It’s not a high percentage. It’s about 15 to 20 percent. That’s primarily because of people not having the wherewithal to change out the toilets that were put in place before 1992. In 1992 there was a change in the flush law for new toilets, which reduced the flush volume to 1.6 gallons. Before, it was 3.5, 5 or 7 gallons a flush. So as you can imagine there’s such a huge infrastructure in the marketplace of embedded products. You have some homes today that have four or five bathrooms in the home, and some homeowners may not change every toilet.
by Melanie D.G. Kaplan

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Toilet Replacement Parts - High Efficiency Toilets - This Old Toilet - Phone: 650-483-1139 ~ 800-658-4521

When people talk about high-efficiency toilets, does that mean a dual flush toilet, or is that just one type of high-efficiency?
There are two different kinds of high-efficiency toilets. One is dual flush, which allows you to flush 1.6 gallons for your solid visit to the bathroom and 0.8 or 0.9 for your liquid visits to the bathroom. For me, that’s a great product. I personally tend to not recommend this for a commercial, institutional or office setting. At home, everyone knows what button to push. My concern abut exposing a causal visitor to that is that the person may not make the best choice and the toilet customer may not get all the savings they could achieve. The user might always chose the heavy flush.
So I’d encourage the 1.28 toilet with siphon jet flush. In a wash-down toilet you take everything in the bowl. We take all the water and put it on top of that pond and push it through. In a siphon jet toilet there’s a jet hole that creates a vacuum underneath a pond and sucks it out.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Toilet Replacement Parts - Choose the Right Toilet for Your Bathroom - This Old Toilet - Phone: 650-483-1139 ~ 800-658-4521

Size, height and function all play a role in selecting a toilet for your new bathroom. These tips will help you find the right commode for your family.

Is there really much to think about other than looks when selecting a toilet for a bathroom remodel? Surprisingly, yes. When it comes to choosing a commode, size, height and how well it functions should play into your decision.
There are thousands of toilets on the market, but a rough-in distance, which measures the distance from the finished wall to the center of the sewer drain for the toilet, will narrow the field. The standard rough-in is 12 inches, and the widest selection of toilets is available in this size. If a bathroom remodel makes use of an existing rough-in that is another size, 10 or 14 inches for example, choices can be more limited.
Most people find elongated toilet bowls to be more comfortable, but in a small bathroom, a round bowl can save space. Elongated toilet bowls measure up to 31" from the wall, while round fixtures max out at 28". Because round bowls are less expensive than elongated bowls, they save a few dollars, too.
Comfort also comes into play with toilet heights. Many manufacturers now offer toilets that measure a few inches taller than standard 14" fixtures. "For taller people ... it's more comfortable," Taller toilets are also an integral part of universal design, which makes a bathroom accessible to all users regardless of mobility, because they make sitting down and standing up easier.
There are several toilet types available. A two-piece toilet, in which the tank bolts on top of the bowl, is typically a bit more affordable. A one-piece toilet, with an integral tank and bowl, can cost more, but these units are easier to clean because they have no seam. Wall-mounted toilets add drama to a bathroom, and cleaning under them is a breeze. However, this higher-end fixture can be more expensive to install because it requires a thicker wall to mount the toilet and house the tank, and future maintenance could require reopening the wall.
Once you've settled on the size, shape and style, find a toilet that flushes efficiently. You can have the most beautiful toilet in the whole wide world, but if it doesn't flush, it's ugly.
Before 1994, typical toilets used 3.5 gallons of water per flush. Then Congress, in an effort to conserve resources, reduced the amount of water newly manufactured toilets could flush to 1.6 gallons per flush. Unfortunately, the first generation of low-flow toilets couldn't get the job done, and that's a stigma these commodes are still trying to shake more than a decade later. Manufacturers have since introduced low-flow toilets that work well, using either a gravity or power-assisted flush.
But, as with any product, some toilets function better than others. To find a toilet with effective flushing technology, visit a showroom and talk with a salesperson. A person in the showroom does not want to sell you a toilet that does not work because they know you're going to call them — and you're going to call them all the time.
For homeowners interested in conserving even more water and reducing water bills, many manufacturers offer toilets with dual-flush technology. These units typically feature a split plunger-style flush mechanism on top of the tank. Pushing one button releases .08 gallons of water and pushing both doubles the flow to 1.6 gallons. Over the life of the toilet, a four-person family can save more than $2,100.
Bidets, fixtures that look similar to toilets but are actually used for personal hygiene, are typical in European bathrooms, but aren't as common in the United States. It is estimated that less than 20 percent choose to include a bidet in a bathroom remodel, and most do simply because the fixture is fashionable and helps with resale. Bidets can also be useful for anyone who has mobility problems and finds it difficult to get into a bathtub or stand in the shower.
Of course, if there's no room in a remodel for a bidet, toilet seats that provide a bidet function are available. Other upgrades include soft-closing toilet seats, which ensure the seat always is closed after use and prevent lids from slamming. Heated toilet seats are another option that can be added without busting a bathroom budget. None of these things are necessary; they just make life a little bit nicer. And after all, isn't that is what a bathroom remodel is all about?
by Alica Garceau

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Toilet Replacement Parts - What You Should Know About Purchasing A New Toilet - This Old Toilet - Phone: 650-483-1139 ~ 800-658-4521

What You Should Know About Purchasing A New Toilet
You will want to think of the hardware in your bathroom when you are replacing your toilets. It may be the right time to change your toilet seat and toilet seat hinges and this can help you to make everything in your bathroom updated and fresh along with your new toilet. You can replace other forms of hardware in your bathroom and make everything match and uniform. This will keep your bathroom from becoming outdated and old. This is also a very simple and affordable fix that can have dramatic effects. 

New toilets are more important then you think and not only can this new addition make your bathroom look better, it can also help you to save money on water. An outdated toilet can use much more water then a new one, and this is something you will want to consider when you are making this big purchase.
You may think that when you are ready to purchase a new toilet, you simply go to the store and pick out a toilet and it is this simple. There is much more involved when you are looking for the right toilet and you want a toilet that you can rely on. Toilets that do not work properly are one of the biggest nightmares for a homeowner and you want to make sure that you are making the right purchase to prevent future problems.
There are many different makers of toilets out there and you want to find a name that you can trust. This can make a big difference in the results that you experience and this may help you to get a toilet that you can rely on for many years to come. You may need to do a little research on each brand and this can show you how long the company haws been in business which can affect your final decision.
If people like or dislike a toilet, you can be sure that you can find this information on the internet and many people are very free about providing reviews on certain products. This can help you determine which toilets that you want to learn more about, and which ones you want to stay far away from. You want to make sure that any review that you read is non biased and the company is not sponsoring these claims. 

A toilet can come in different sizes and you want to make sure that the toilet you choose is the correct size for your bathroom. If you purchase a toilet that is a different size then the existing it can create more work and you may have to spend more money. You can prevent this by taking some simple measurements and ensuring that you are buying the right size of toilet.
You also need to purchase a new toilet seat and toilet seat hinges when you buy a new toilet and this is something that you will want to check into. The toilet seat should be the correct color and you may also want to purchase a seat that is comfortable. Comfort is something that many people consider when it is too late and you can avoid this by looking for seats that offer comfort as well as style. Your new toilet will help you to remodel your bathroom and this can make you feel proud to be in this area of your home.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Toilet Replacement Parts - The Best Stories From Our Experienced Customers - This Old Toilet - Phone: 650-483-1139 ~ 800-658-4521


The Best Stories From Our Experienced Customers:
"We need a tank lid. We are a roofing compnay and one of our guys fell through a skylight opening. He hit the toilet on the way down and broke the lid. ...Swear to God. He's okay."(American Standard 4049 Fawn Beige tank lid, 2011)
"I dropped a hammer on a customer's toilet. You guys are the only one in America who has this thing." (American Standard 2092 Hamilton White tank lid, 2010)
"I stored the toilet in the garage during the remodel. The lid was on a tool box. The dog went by and bumped it. It smashed into many pieces."
"I was crawling out my second story window to make some exterior repairs. I'm a big guy, it's a small window. My foot hit the tank lid. It's American standard, but I can't find a number yet." (2010)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Toilet Replacement Parts - Storing a Lid off a Toilet - This Old Toilet - Phone: 650-483-1139 ~ 800-658-4521

The Correct Way To 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.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Toilet Replacement Parts - Toilet Tank Lid Handling - This Old Toilet - Phone: 650-483-1139 ~ 800-658-4521

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.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Toilet Replacement Parts - Cost of a New Toilet - This Old Toilet - Phone: 650-483-1139 ~ 800-658-4521

Cost of a New Toilet
Considerations if Replacing the Whole Toilet
"It's not just what you pay, it's what it costs you."

Some people have said, "Gee, I could buy a whole new toilet for a hundred dollars!" ...And that's true. But consider the complete project cost and its feasibility. ...Not just the price of an economy-model toilet, a carton, ...on a shelf, Giant Home Center. Also decide if your current toilet might be better than the one at the home center.

Project Costs:
The new toilet itself, plus: new wax ring seal (bowl wax); new riser supply pipe; new mounting bolts; new toilet seat(?); new angle stop; sales tax on all that. (If you don't know what these items are, then you will need an installer.)

Professional installation: Add the labor cost for an installer. (In many cases the labor charge from a professional, licensed plumber is $80.00 - $150.00.)

DIY installation: Add the time to do-it-yourself. (DIY time is generally 2-4 times longer than a professional's time.) Do you have the expertise, experience, and tools? What if there's a leak when you're done? Leaks can occur at the angle valve, the riser connection to the tank, between the tank and bowl, or between the bowl and floor. If you reuse the old angle valve, be very gentle with it as they become fused stiff with age and tend to be quite fragile. Check the operation of your main shut-off valve to the house before starting the project.
Check the cost for disposal of the old toilet. In some areas, only certain dump facilities will take old toilets. The fee can range from $5.00 to $15.00.

Will the shape of the "foot" of the old bowl leave a stain on the floor that is exposed compared to the shape of the foot of the new bowl?

If the paint or wall paper behind the tank of the old toilet is not complete, will the new toilet tank size and shape cover the exposed area? If the paint or wall paper behind the tank of the old toilet is less faded than the rest of the wall, will the new toilet tank size and shape cover the exposed area?

If your toilet is colored, will you be able to locate the matching color from current production?

Some very old toilets (1920s - 50s) use four mounting bolts to secure the bowl to the floor. Modern toilets have only two mounting bolts. Will the new toilet cover the holes in the floor from the old bolts or screws?
Some very old toilets (1920s - 40s) have a tank mounted to the wall with an elbow pipe between the tank the bowl. Will the new toilet leave these unused holes exposed?
Some four-bolt toilets were 10 or 14 inch rough-in (the distance from the wall to the rear bolts). 10 and 14 inch toilets are still available today, but they must be special ordered, are limited in style, come in white only, and are more expensive than standard 12".
If your counter top extends over the toilet tank ("Banjo Top"), will the height of a new toilet will be low enough to fit under the counter? (Careful here - We get many calls asking if we sell thinner tank lids. NOT.)

Your toilet may be a 3.5 or 5 gallon-per-flush style. A new toilet will be a 1.6 gallon ultra low flush water saver. Do you want to make that change? (1994 = 1.6 GPF; 1982 = 3.5 GPF; 1970's = 5 GPF; really old = 7 GPF.)

Most municipalities require a building permit for the installation or replacement of a toilet. Check with your building department for regulations, application form, and fees.

The cost of a replacement tank lid from ThisOldToilet®,, may actually be quite economical and requires no installation. The only tool required is a knife to open the box.

~ If you do replace your entire toilet, check with your water supply company to see if you qualify for a low-flush rebate.
~ If you do replace your entire toilet, and you are in Santa Clara or San Mateo counties in California, click this link for a toilet disposal pick-up service: